Exhibition 2020 – Original Text

After the disappointment of 2020, we are pleased to let you know that behind the scenes our team are working tirelessly towards creating a Church Stretton Arts Festival for 2021. In addition to the usual programme we are also planning an outdoor event on the middle weekend which, even if we are still social distancing, will be able to go ahead. So book the dates in your new calendar – 24th July – 7th August 2021.

To give you a flavour of our Art Exhibition, this is what we had planned for 2020:

About the Exhibition

The exhibition is a non-competitive showcase for amateur and professional artists, craft workers and photographers living within 30 miles of Church Stretton. You will find hundreds of paintings, collage, photography and various forms of craftwork on display. Most of the work in the exhibition is for sale.

Opening Times and Prices

Opening Reception
Monday 27th July 7.30pm, Church Stretton School
Admission £3 including refreshments and free return entry during the rest of the exhibition

General Opening Times
The exhibition is open from Tuesday 28th July to Saturday 8th August, 11am to 6pm. Admission is £1; free to children, students and exhibitors and free to all from 6pm to 7.15pm when there is an evening performance at the school (except for Sat 8th); note also that your £1 entry fee allows you to return as many times as you like during the exhibition.

For a full list of opening times, please Click Here.

Opening Times:

    • Tuesday 28th July – 11am to 7.15pm
    • Wednesday 29th July – 11am to 7.15pm
    • Thursday 30th July – 11am to 6pm
    • Friday 31st July – 11am to 6pm
    • Saturday 1st August – 11am to 7.15pm
    • Sunday 2nd August – 11am to 6pm
  • Monday 3rd August – 11am to 7.15pm
  • Tuesday 4th August – 11am to 7.15pm
  • Wednesday 5th August – 11am to 7.15pm
  • Thursday 6th August – 11am to 6pm
  • Friday 7th August – 11am to 7.15 pm
  • Saturday 8th August – 11am to 6 pm

Tea and coffee is available in Gallery 3 during the exhibition.

Guest Artist

Guest Artist Gerry Plumb pictureWe are delighted to welcome Gerry Plumb as our Guest Artist this year.
Learn more about Gerry on our Guest Artist page.
Guest Artist page

We are very pleased to be hosting workshops again this year. These are Willow Craft, led by Sophie Francis (Friday 31st July) and Copper Foiled Glass, led by Jennifer Brewer (Thursday 6th August). Please see our Workshops page for more info and booking details.
Workshops page
Exhibition Timetable (all at the school)

Monday 27th July: Opening Reception, 7.30pm
Tuesday 28th July to Saturday 8th August: Exhibition Open Daily (see times, above)
Friday 31st July: Willow Craft – workshops led by Sophie Francis
Thursday 6th August: Copper Foiled Glass – workshops led by Jennifer Brewer
Saturday 8th August: Last day of exhibition
Sunday 9th August: Artwork Collection Day; if you purchase any artwork you will normally be required to collect it on this day, between 10am and 12noon, although different arrangements can be made if this is not possible.

Exhibition Exhibitors

Exhibitors are Welcome
If you are a local artist, craft worker or photographer, and are interested in exhibiting at the exhibition, please see the Exhibitors page.
Exhibitors page

Access for the disabled

The exhibition is fully accessible from the main car park at Church Stretton School. There is level access to some of the rooms and the toilets, but disabled visitors should ask a steward to show them around to the back door of the photography exhibition where they can enter on the level and proceed into the remainder of the exhibition. See map below: