2022 Exhibition dates

Summer Exhibition: St. Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury – Saturday 18th June to Tuesday 5th July

Autumn Exhibition: Bear Steps Gallery, Shrewsbury – Monday 3rd October to Saturday 15th October

Autumn Exhibition 2021, thank you for visiting!

Our Autumn Exhibition was held at the Bear Steps Gallery, Shrewsbury from Monday 4th October to Saturday 16th October. 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 judge this year was Jonathan Soden of The Soden Collection, Shrewsbury, and our winner was Frank Hilton for his stunning painting ‘From Lilleshall’. Congratulations Frank!

SAS, Frank Hilton and 'From Lilleshall', winner The R Harrison and H Walker Prize 2021
Frank Hilton and ‘From Lilleshall’, winner The R Harrison and H Walker Prize 2021
(photo with thanks to Anne Linton)

Summer Exhibition 2021

Thank you for visiting our Summer Exhibition and for voting for your favourite painting. The People’s Prize was awarded to Lesley Leeke for her watercolour depiction of Benthall Hall Farm. Many well deserved congratulations to Lesley!

The Judy Townsend Memorial Prize 2021 was awarded to Shirley Wade for her ‘Still Life’. The Townsend family said, “We loved the strong composition of the painting and its vibrant colours; its narrative drew us in and made us want to explore the garden beyond. Congratulations Shirley!”

Shirley Wade and her painting 'Still Life', winner of the Judy Townsend Memorial Prize 2021
Shirley Wade’s ‘Still Life’ won the Judy Townsend Memorial Prize 2021, here she is accompanied by Wilf Langford (SAS President), Alan Townsend and Mary Shirra at the presentation of the prize.

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 exhibiting 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

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.