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The Hive has a gallery space at the heart of its venue, with comfortable seating so you can sit back, relax with a coffee and enjoy fantastic artwork.
Shrewsbury Colleges Group Student Show
5th – 26th August 2022

An eclectic and exciting showcase of some of the best art and design works crafted by students from the Shrewsbury College Group. Showcasing pieces crafted throughout the past year with notable selections by the department heads. These are the artists of the future, and they are right on our doorstep!

All welcome to the free Launch Night on Friday 5th August 2022, 6pm. No booking necessary.

Alternative Spaces: Paintings, Prints & Constructions
John Wragg, 2nd – 28th September

This retrospective exhibition spans 25 years from 1977 to the present day, exploring John Wragg’s fascination by space in all it’s manifestations. These often bright and multi-coloured artworks are geometrical and abstract, though sometimes combined with representational references. Shadows, mirrors, reflections, light, perspective, geometry and higher dimensions all contribute towards his sources of ideas, and play with the spatial characteristics of the image to confront and challenge the viewer to see beyond the everyday. Through a complimentary colour palette, luminous glazes and a wide-range of mixed materials, he reveals new spaces and known spaces in a completely mind-bending way.

All welcome to the free Launch Night on Friday 2nd September 2022, 6pm. No booking necessary.

Monument to The Vanquished: Part 1 - The Commoners
A Meadow Arts project by Leah Gordon and Annabel Edwards, 3rd October – 11th November

There are 1.3 million acres of common land in England and Wales. Artist Leah Gordon and researcher Annabel Edwards identified pockets of such land in Shropshire and took pictures of those who still hold common rights there. These could be the rights to right to graze animals or collect firewood. This exhibition of black and white photographs, made on an analogue medium-format camera were then hand-tinted, imbuing them with a magical, mystical air, a snapshot back to the 17th Century. The photos are accompanied by personal stories, the commoner’s status of the sitters as well as explorations of the local history and myths of the land.

All welcome to the free Launch Night on Tuesday 4th October 2022, 6pm. No booking necessary.

The Hive presents: Windrush Exhibition Telford & Wrekin
1st - 31st October 2022

Black History Month Special Exhibition @ Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Black History Month 2021 is celebrated here at The Hive  through this exhibition of selected photographs from the Windrush Exhibition Telford & Wrekin. Curated to honour the memory and preserve the history of the Windrush Generation elders who arrived in the UK from the Caribbean between 1948 and 1971 and who settled in the eastern part of Shropshire, which later became Telford and Wrekin. Most of this generation are now sadly deceased. Their families have embraced and contributed to this project to proudly pay tribute to their elders, whose memory lives on in the hearts and minds of their families and will do for generations to come.

Charlie Adlard – The Hive Patron, 15th November – 9th December

This selection of figurative sketches was produced by comic artist and Hive Patron Charlie Adlard during The Hive’s Tuesday Life Drawing classes before the pandemic, created both on physical paper and digitally using an iPad. In stark contrast to his Walking Dead work, this show offers an alternative perspective on his creative work.

“Life drawing, to a cartoonist like me, is incredibly important. I always advise potential comic artists how important it is to try to find classes or sessions and join them because drawing the human figure is essential to what we do. You can never stop learning from it!”

All welcome to the free Launch Night on Tuesday 15th November 2022, 6.30pm. Artist Charlie Adlard will be signing copies of his new book Life, with all proceeds being generously donated to The Hive. No booking necessary.

Wellbeing Projects Showcase Exhibition 2022
The Hive Project Participants, 13 December 2022 – 10 February 2023

This group exhibition showcases the wonderfully diverse range of visual artwork created by participants engaging in our Wellbeing Projects, and includes works of drawing, painting, ceramics, digital art, animation, music video and poetry. The Hive’s Wellbeing Projects provide a safe path to personal and community growth in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. We use inspiring, inclusive, creative experiences to transform lives, engaging professional musicians and artists to help those in our communities who face challenges in their lives. Some of our project participants in 2021 included: care experienced young people, adult carers, young adults in touch with mental health services, siblings of young oncology patients, autistic young adults, young people with special educational needs, young people living in poverty and young adults living in supported housing.

All welcome to the charity fundraiser event on Tuesday 13th December 2022. No booking necessary.

Gallery Engagement Programme
From Sketchbooks to Completion: How Ideas Develop
Wednesday 7th September 14:00-15:30 (1.5 hrs), John Wragg, FREE and open to all – booking essential

Current gallery exhibiting artist John Wragg will be giving an informal talk about his ideas, artwork development, and inspiration sources for the exhibition on show, Alternative Spaces: Paintings, Prints & Constructions. A selection of his sketchbooks will be available for participants to look through and explore his creative process. These resources give an insight into the technical issues arising from making an image, together with concepts concerning higher-dimensional geometry, with a special focus on the fourth dimension. Please come along and feel free to leaf through the artists sketchbooks, delve deeper into the artwork and ask anything you would like to know more about his work.

Monument to the Vanquished: Part 2 – Urban Vagabonds
Annabel Edwards and Leah Gordon, Dates / Times TBC, FREE and open to all – booking essential

For this interactive project the artists will work with a local group to explore and discuss the social outcomes and global implications of the enclosures such as the creation of a disenfranchised vagabond class, divorced from the land and its resources.

Annabel Edwards and Leah Gordon will work with a group of local people on an interactive project. The sessions will include discussions around local histories and the global implications of the enclosures. The participants will work closely with Leah Gordon to create a performed portraits, responding to the poetry of John Clare and the local history of the enclosures.

Life: Book signing by The Hive Patron Charlie Adlard
Charlie Adlard, Tuesday 15th November 2022, 6.30pm, FREE and open to all – no booking necessary

For this interactive project the artists will work with a local group to explore and discuss the social outcomes and global implications of the enclosures such as the creation of a disenfranchised vagabond class, divorced from the land and its resources.

To coincide with the launch night of his gallery exhibition of life drawings titled, Life, comic artist Charlie Adlard will be signing copies of his book of the same name, with all proceeds from sales generously donated to The Hive.

Interested in exhibiting in our gallery space?

Our gallery is a versatile space for exhibiting various types of work, including canvas, framed art, sculpture and digital artwork on a monitor. Drop us a line in the form to enquire about hiring our gallery space for an exhibition.

Alternatively call us on: 01743 234970