Useful Websites and Contacts
– offers sound recording services and tuition in contemporary music production techniques.
Arts Access Association
– artist and entertainment agency, also provides event and programme consultancy; runs several workshops and 'Roots to inspiration', a youth and community programme.
– dedicated to providing local people in rural areas with the opportunity to experience professional arts events in their local venue.
– supports young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creative and leadership skills and achieve a national qualification; available at five levels.
– development agency that works to improve the quality of the arts and cultural engagement of children and young people in the West Midlands.
Arts Council England
– champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives through public money from the government and the National Lottery.
Arts for Health, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
– passionate about the importance of the arts in healthcare and the difference it can make to the experiences of service users and staff; often involved in new building or refurbishment projects.
- a programme run by the 14 West Midlands Virtual Schools, creating a universal entitlement to arts & culture for all children & young people in care in the region. Co-funded by Arts Connect.
– small rural venue based just outside of Shrewsbury that provides creative workshops.
Creative Inspiration Shropshire CIC
– promotes individual and collective wellbeing and resilience through high quality participatory creative arts programmes.
Culture Consortium Shropshire
- a Cultural Education Partnership, supported by Arts Connect
DASH (Disability Arts Shropshire)
– disability led visual arts organization; ‘Free Medicine’ is an arts programme specifically
Designs in Mind
– a working studio and shop designing and making commissioned artwork and products for retail.
– Shrewsbury-based interdisciplinary artist and poet working with collage, writing, paint, textiles, bookmaking, sound and sometimes film; also teaches yoga.
Fair Acre Press
– independent publishing house.
The Fetch Theatre
– touring theatre company producing a highly visual style of theatre incorporating puppetry and mask work.
Four and Twenty Arts
– a collective of artists, educators and theatre makers based in Wem.
– delivers social impact through arts and creative projects and activities, with a special focus on children & young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and other hard to reach groups.
– not for profit arts organisation working with professional artists to deliver participatory theatre projects for social change in schools and community settings.
The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
– has a lifelong learning programme offering self-led visits with teacher resources alongside workshops and activities delivered by the learning team.
Jamila Walker visual artist
- arts for health practitioner, fine artist and community artist.
– award-winning poet, children’s novelist and experienced educator; works regularly in schools, providing workshops, readings and discussions for all ages.
– independent community cinema in Oswestry.
- open access arts and crafts studio for the whole community, situated in Ludlow.
– contemporary textile artist, designer and teacher currently based in Mid Wales.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
– vibrant mixed arts and community centre with cinema, streams and live events.
– annual inclusive, vibrant and diverse independent arts and culture festival.
– brings contemporary art projects to places where art is not usually shown; supports artists by commissioning new work and creating inspiring events and exhibitions, including workshops and individually tailored arts education projects.
– local arts organisation, specialising in creative media and digital arts projects, media productions, film and visual arts programming, skills-based training and CPD.
Melissa's Melting Pot
- offers glass and enamelling workshops
Moonstruck Astronaut Theatre
– theatre company that stages plays for and with children and their communities.
– a letterpress printmaking studio run by Ludlow artist Dulcie Fulton.
The Nature Bug
– inspiring children to love nature through workshops to teach them about the often-overlooked animals and plants living on their own doorsteps.
– theatre director and freelance filmmaker.
Octopus Arts Shropshire
– provides high quality arts services, workshops and projects for education, community and corporate establishments.
– develop and produce high quality new theatre about the contemporary rural world.
Powerful Partnerships Resource Library
- a growing collection of case studies, tools and research to help you achieve powerful outcomes for young people through partnership working
– Oswestry based charity providing arts, wellbeing, and transport services for the community in North Shropshire and the border counties.
- new arts space in the heart of Shrewsbury.
Ray Langton Music
– specialists in the traditional Folk Arts, offer a range of workshops and talks for children, adults and families.
– Shropshire Children's Scrapstore Recycling and Resource Centre, 'quirky' business supplying organisations with creative arts and educational resources.
– aims to bring the world of books alive for children and to inspire and enthuse them with a love of reading.
Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival
– annual event with top cartoonists who draw cartoons and caricatures for the public and lead workshops where you can have a go yourself.
Shrewsbury Folk Festival
- some of most established artists from the UK alongside acts celebrating folk music and dance from across the world
– offers opportunities for students and young people to discover the unique collections.
Shropshire Council - Arts Service
- provides leadership on arts development, project management and support across the county, with children and young people a priority.
Shropshire Council – Museums Service
– active learning workshops led by experienced museum educators.
Shrewsbury and District Arts Association
- organises regular concerts and art exhibitions.
Shropshire Inclusive Dance
– creates environments where people from all backgrounds and abilities can participate in the joy of dancing together; offers various workshops and opportunities.
– 21 libraries and 3 mobiles across the county which act as important community hubs.
Shropshire Music Service
– provides instrumental, vocal and curriculum support for schools.
Shropshire Music Trust
– works with partners to offer outreach of a varied programme of high quality participatory musical performances in schools.
Shropshire Regimental Museum
– collections contain many artefacts, photos, documents and other items which relate to various elements of the school curriculum; also offer tailored visits and talks.
The Shropshire Ukulele Massive
– an ongoing community project that aims to help children, the homeless, the aged, and other vulnerable people through opportunities to learn and play ukulele music in community venues such as arts centres and schools.
Shropshire Wildlife Trust
– offers a range of sessions for primary school children at unique locations such as Darwin's Childhood Garden in Shrewsbury.
Shropshire Youth Association
– believes that “the right intervention turns around lives”; delivers personal, social and informal education using a youth work approach.
Shropshire Youth Theatre
– provides theatre activities for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years, specialising in classical drama.
– arts and leisure centre in Bishops Castle offering a diverse programme of live theatre and music, international satellite screenings of theatre, ballet and opera; also films, community events, workshops and an art gallery.
Telford and Wrekin Music
– individual or group instrumental and vocal lessons on a wide range of instruments in Telford and Wrekin schools.
Visual Art Network
– based in Shrewsbury, raising the visual art profile in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, linking artists, designers, makers, galleries and buyers.
Wenlock Olympian Games Live Arts Festival
– competitions in the performing arts, classes take place in Dance, Music and Speech & Drama (including creative writing) for children and young people aged 18 and under.
Wem Town Hall
– aims to facilitate social enterprise, community empowerment and community cohesion through an accessible, user-friendly and high quality venue and programme.
Whack It Smack It
– make and play musical instruments from scrap.
The Wordshoppers (Jean Atkin and Liz Hyder)
– offer a range of interactive and fun workshops for all ages.
– provides a calm and positive environment in which to try new skills and reflect on personal growth and development utilising both the outdoor and indoor environments.