Art in the Community

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Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. As part of the celebrations to mark this significant milestone, we are launching an open art competition, inviting members of the local community to submit artwork that has been inspired by the museums.

The free-to-enter Community Art Competition is open to both amateur and professional artists living in Telford and Shropshire. Submissions can be two or three-dimensional and created in any medium including paint, wood, metal, ceramics, textiles, photography, film, multi-media and more but they must reflect an aspect of the museums.

There will be three age categories, under 12s, 12-17 years and 18 and over, plus education categories for both primary and secondary schools. Individual artists may only enter one piece, while each school can submit a maximum of five. There will be cash prizes for all categories, with the schools receiving the funds on behalf of their winning pupils.

All work must be delivered in person to the Trust’s head office in Coalbrookdale between Wednesday 15 and Friday 17 March 2017 from 3pm to 6pm for consideration by the panel of judges.

The selection process will be based on the skill demonstrated by the artist, their artistic integrity and the work’s relevance to the Museum. Those selected will be displayed across the 10 museums from 22 May 2017 until 2 January 2018. All entries will also be photographed and displayed in a virtual exhibition on

Paul Gossage, Director of Engagement said; “This is a remarkable milestone for the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and we wanted to celebrate the occasion in partnership with our local community. An open art competition will allow anyone from the local area to submit their work, regardless as to whether they are a painter, sculptor, woodworker, embroiderer, potter, photographer, film maker or digital artist. We hope that we will get lots of interest from local art clubs, colleges and individual artists, so we can showcase the best of local artists.”

Submissions from people living in other regions may be accepted at the Museum’s discretion and applicants should contact us in advance of sending them. These works may be exhibited but will not be entered into the competition.

For more information email or download an application form below.