Summer Exhibition 2024, coming soon!

Monday 24th June to Saturday 13th July, St. Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury.

75th Anniversary Autumn Exhibition

Our 75th Anniversary Autumn Exhibition ran from 2nd to 14th October, Bear Steps Gallery, Shrewsbury. Thank you for visiting!

2023 winner of the H. Walker and R. Harrison Prize

The H. Walker and R. Harrison Prize was awarded for the painting that in the opinion of the adjudicator “best represents the Shropshire countryside”. This year our winner is… Wilf Langford, for his stunning pastel work entitled, The Lane to Bromlow Callow. Congratulations Wilf! See the winning painting and a glimpse of the exhibition below. Read more in our blog post, click HERE!

SAS Walker Harrison Prize winner 2023, The Lane to Bromlow Callow
The Lane to Bromlow Callow, Wilf Langford, winner of the Walker Harrison Prize 2023
(please forgive the reflections in the glass in this photo!)
Wilf Langford with our judges for this year Mike Marriott and Corinne Brown (Belle Vue Arts Festival)
Wilf Langford with our judges, Mike Marriott and Corinne Brown (Belle Vue Arts Festival)
SAS Autumn Exhibition 2023 collage
Shropshire Art Society 75th Anniversary Autumn Exhibition, Bear Steps Gallery, Shrewsbury

75th Anniversary Summer Exhibition 2023

2023 winner of the People’s Prize

Congratulations go to Bob Spendlove who won the People’s Prize for his watercolour painting ‘Retired‘. Congratulations Bob! Thank you to everyone who voted this year.

SAS People's Prize winner 2023 'Retired' by Bob Spendlove
Bob Spendlove’s ‘Retired’ won the People’s Prize 2023, thank you everyone for voting!

2023 winner of the Judy Townsend Memorial Prize

Lynne Morgan receiving the Judy Townsend memorial Prize from Alan Townsend
Lynne Morgan receiving the Judy Townsend Memorial Prize 2023 from Alan Townsend for her painting ‘Flax Mill Façade’ (with thanks to Paul Harper, visiting from Sydney, Australia, a photographer who kindly took the lovely photo of Lynne and Alan!)

Lynne Morgan is our chosen winner this year for her stunning painting, ‘Flax Mill Façade‘. The Judy Townsend Memorial Prize is awarded annually for a painting chosen by the Townsend family, for a painting showing an innovative approach or a strong design element… a painting that they feel Judy would have said ‘Wow!’ about. The Townsends thought Lynne’s painting to be a brave approach to expressing its popular Shrewsbury subject, the Flax Mill: it focuses on just a section of the Flax Mill wall, prior to the current renovations.

Flax Mill Facade by Lynne Morgan
‘Flax Mill Façade’ by Lynne Morgan

The original viewpoint as well as the variety of exciting mixed media techniques used skillfully by Lynne meant that they were drawn into the beautiful multilayered painting. Judy would have loved it, we are all certain. The painting has been purchased and will reside in an historic office at Newcastle University, where it will be enjoyed by many. Congratulations Lynne!

Click HERE to read our 75th Anniversary Summer Exhibition blog post to find out more about the exhibition!

Our Exhibition Preview Guest List

If you’d like to be added to the guest list for previews of future exhibitions, please let us know as we will be delighted to hear from you. Email us at hello@shropshireartsociety.org.uk ~ thank you!

Our annual exhibitions:

The Society traditionally presents two annual exhibitions of members’ work, when both framed and unframed art works are for sale to the public. The Summer Exhibition takes place at St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury — world famous for its stained glass, and the Autumn Exhibition is held at Bear Steps Art Gallery, Shrewsbury — an historic timber-framed gallery.

At the Summer Exhibition two prizes are awarded. The Judy Townsend Memorial Prize is given for a painting chosen by the Townsend family, for a painting showing an innovative approach or a strong design element… a painting that they feel Judy would have said ‘Wow!’ about. The People’s Prize is awarded to the painting receiving the most votes from visitors to the exhibition.

At the Autumn Exhibition The R Harrison and H Walker Prize is awarded for the painting that, in the opinion of the adjudicator, best reflects the Shropshire countryside.

Our Permanent Exhibition:

In addition, we normally have a small permanent exhibition in St. Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury; two or three members exhibit each month. Please visit our Permanent Exhibition page to see the rota of artists.

Shropshire Art Society permanent exhibition space in St. Mary's Church, Shrewsbury
Shropshire Art Society permanent exhibition space in St. Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury