Activities and classes at the English Bridge Workshop
Anyone who is organising a community activity knows how difficult it can be to find a suitable hall, taking into account such factors as size, expense, acoustics, suitable location. The EBW has two halls which satisfy all these requirements and more. It is within walking distance of Shrewsbury town centre and offers parking for approximately eight cars.
At present the building provides access to the arts and leisure through a regular timetable of classes, including printing, enamelling, drumming, drawing and painting, life drawing, singing practice and tai-chi. The halls are also available for exhibitions. Find out more about what’s happening below.
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The halls are not available for concerts or private parties
If you'd like information regarding these activities and classes, please contact the organiser directly.
Shropshire Art Society
For over 15 years the EBW has been home to a range of art activities enjoyed by the long-established Shropshire Art Society, now with a membership of some 260. Launched by the Society's Treasurer, the late Judy Townsend, and subsequently continued by her husband Alan, from modest beginnings and making use of the light and spacious first floor studio, activities have developed into an exciting annual programme.
Find out more about the Shropshire Art Society's programme of monthly Saturday workshops, weekly classes led by established local tutors, and monthly printing workshops at:
West African Drumming
We are a popular drumming group who enjoy playing energetic West African rhythms that will make you want to dance! We meet every Sunday between 4-7 pm at the EBW where we offer two Drumming Workshops:
4.00 – 5.15pm – Beginners (basic playing technique and rhythms)
5.30 – 7.00pm – Intermediate (performance level pieces of music)
We also have a performance group: The Democratic Republic of Djembe For further information and bookings please contact Henry at:
email@example.com or 01948841978
Shrewsbury Life Drawing Workshop
Shrewsbury Life Drawing Workshop is an informal and friendly meeting place for artists of all abilities who wish to develop and extend their figure drawing skills.
It is an untutored group best suited to those with some figure drawing experience although all are welcome. A different model is provided each week.
The workshops are held on Mondays between 2pm and 4pm at the English Bridge Workshops. Artists should bring with them their own drawing materials. For further information please contact Louise Diggle at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 07908 664471
Guild of Enamellers
Guild of Enamellers - Region 4
Enamelling is the art of fusing glass to metal. The Guild of Enamellers meets at the English Bridge Workshops every 4-6 weeks on Saturdays to encourage and promote the craft. There is a varied and exciting range of workshops throughout the year and new members are welcome, as are members from other regions. Some of the workshops are tutor led, whilst at others there is a themed workshop run by one of the region's members.
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Belle Vue Arts Festival
The Annual Belle Vue Arts Festival is the brain child of Judy Townsend, former teacher and Mayoress of Shrewsbury, who along with the hard work of friends and local artists managed to create an inspiring week of community arts events in 2003. Now, several years later the festival continues through the efforts of a small group of committed volunteers and a wider network of well wishers.
Over the years, the EBW has been a proud host to many of the Arts Festival's events and exhibitions.
Keep up to date with this years exciting programme at:
Portrait Workshop with Avril Boyce
The Portrait Workshop held at EBW on a Friday was started back in 2012 by a small group of enthusiasts who first met through Dave Bissitt's Life class at EBW. The group numbers around 15 and includes professionals as well as amateurs and any medium is used e.g. paint, charcoal, pastel etc. We've had the occasional tutored class but mostly untutored where we just all learn from each other and share skills. The workshop is held fortnightly on Fridays 10 – 4pm
For further information about upcoming sessions contact Avril Boyce at:
The Gatekeepers Wargames Club
The Gatekeepers is a local community group which meets weekly to share a creative tabletop wargaming hobby. A mix of young professionals, fathers and elder statesmen. Their core values are around fair play, strategic thinking and team spirit.
Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art, now practised worldwide because of its reputation as a health exercise (the therapeutic effects of regular Tai Chi has been studied and proven in relation to many chronic illnesses, especially stress and stress related conditions), and because its slow, gentle nature makes it accessible to people of all ages, fitness, and physical capability. The aim of Tai Chi is to achieve physical and psychological harmony.
Thursdays from 7.00pm. For further information contact Marc Lacey on 07779 453322
Portrait Workshop with Claire Eastgate
Workshops are for all ages and levels, though some experience and ability to mix and use paint is necessary. Working with a model this class is about creating portraits instinctively rather than academically. By this I mean no traditional measuring techniques and working with a method called the tri-step (sitter – palette – canvas). The tri-step is a methodology I have developed for my own practice and is how I create a more characterful, instinctive portrait. The workshop also gives strong emphasis to colour mixing and palette preparation. It covers how to use colour effectively by recognising tonal values, temperature and harmony. Preparing the palette before painting is crucial to the tri-step method and is a fast track in developing your skills and creating your own power palette.
For details, cost and booking please email me, Claire Eastgate at: