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Shrewsbury's joined the Great British Art Exhibition


At the start of 2021, we asked children to submit colourful animal-themed drawings for an exhibition to be installed on flags along High Street. We received more than 850 fantastic pictures!

British sculptor Sir Antony Gormley, who launched the UK’s biggest art exhibition (GBAE), is delighted that Shrewsbury has put its own spin on the national project.  

What a great idea to display the results on flags! I am sure Charles Darwin would have been in favour of anything that champions original thinking and the natural world” – Sir Antony Gormley

The theme of ‘Animals’ ties in with our town’s part in the story of evolution – English naturalist Charles Darwin was born here in 1809 and lived in Shrewsbury until the age of 22 when he left to join the HMS Beagle for his famous voyage around South America

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man” – Charles Darwin

With thanks to schools around Shrewsbury and Shropshire.

The national GBAE is led by Colchester art gallery Firstsite and supported by Arts Council England and the Plus Tate Network of leading museums and galleries across the UK

Visit Shrewsbury's Open for a full gallery of submissions.