Visual Art Network - Open for Art  

The Visual Art Network (VAN) Charity 1087383 is run by our volunteer members.

VAN STREET GALLERY - Middle Level, DARWIN SHOPPING CENTRE, SHREWSBURY. 

Promote your work, exhibitions, workshops and events here to a wider audience. Join our growing network of creative people all with an interest in visual arts. Meet other artists through volunteering.

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Winter Exhibition

4 Nov 2019 - 28 Jan 2020

VAN Gallery, Middle Level, Darwin Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury.  Colourful and broad range of Members' new work for sale. Unique handcrafted cards, jewellery, paintings, photography, ceramics, glass,... Read more

Artist's Boards

3 Feb 2020 - 14 Mar 2020

New for 2020 - featuring the work of five of our members. VAN Gallery, Darwin Shopping Centre, Middle Level.  Artists:  Philip Page, Helen Sample, Paul Janczykowski, Sheila Walthew and Katie Barrett.  Each... Read more

Further Fusing...

8 Feb 2020

Just one place left. A full day workshop for those who have already had an introduction to the basics of glass fusing and cutting glass. After a brief reminder on H&S, basic info and design, you will be... Read more

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Prize winner

Congratulations to Wendy Riddick who won our first prize in the VAN Winter Exhibition competition at the University Centre Shrewsbury.  The winning work entitled 'Through The Eye of the Needle', is a complex intricate textile piece.  Wendy received her £250 first prize at the Private View event on 11/10/2019.  Wendy  trained at Goldsmiths and subsequently worked as an archaeological illustrator. Now a Shrewsbury based textile artist, she has had several solo exhibitions and has produced work for exhibitions at Powis Castle 2015 and Berrington Hall, 2017.  The competition was judged by Jonathon from The Soden Collection Contemporary Art and Sculpture gallery, 80 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury.


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Puppets created

Leona Thomas has been inspired to make these puppet characters using traditional papier mache methods of construction. She rekindled her fondness of puppets having recently come across puppets made by the artist Paul Klee.   He had made his to amuse his children grandchildren.  With their rawness and individuality Leona was struck by the fact that they seemed to break through preconceptions of what a puppet should be. She set about making these characters that can be used for a variety of story plots.  The puppets are on show at the VAN Street Gallery, Shrewsbury with further information about the inspiration behind them.

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