We’re evolving, find out what 2022 holds for Participate

Participate Contemporary Artspace, like much of the world, is currently working quietly away on-line and at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. But work does go on with the artists still being artists.

We will be working on articles, videos and online events to bring our art to you while you can’t come to us, so please check back to the site and our social media regularly!

See our Blog for all our activities and Lockdown videos

Recent Exhibitions:


an exhibition by Participate Studio Artists to be viewed through the windows


windows of Light exhibition
Window art work by Jill Impey

Previous exhibitions:

The Unitarian Church, Shrewsbury and Participate Contemporary Artspace present

Second Sight: light through the trees

A virtual online exhibition ~ 9th – 24th February 2021

Responses to Darwin‘s later ruminations on the interrelationships of all life


See other previous exhibitions here on our Instagram page. 

Testimonials from our visitors:


On the ‘Art Studio 01 – Artists’ Collective’:

The exhibition is fantastic. I think you should all be extremely proud with how well it all looks as a collective body of work – Go Art Studio 01!

Upon visiting the show ‘Lost Horizons’:

’I like the poppies on the gate (painting) because I like poppies and gates – you can explore through gates. The poetry makes me look again at the pictures and reappraise them.

On the 2018 Guest Curator exhibition ‘Lawn and Meadow’:

 Interesting diversity and another ‘curated’ experience of quality! Inspiring in so many ways.

Upon visiting Reuben Amarna’s show

‘Null and Void’: Terrific.

On the ‘May Fayne’ show:

Delightful – a giggle for a tired shopper!

‘Yr Eifl Coastal Plastic’:

Very beautiful & calm exhibition.

On Reg Cooper’s ‘Positively Lazarus’ exhibition:

Positively multi-talented. Some fascinating creative ideas.

Speaking of the ‘Scour:

The hidden landscapes of Forge Mill’ show: Exploration is not dead in this town! Wonderful to be here and see this project. Thank you’’; ‘’The piece using needles to show hills/hammocks entertained me – very clever.


Really enjoyed the research project – some interesting & exciting results. Well done.

On ‘The Big Draw’:

Nice to get drawing again!

On the Craftinators’ show:

Brilliant work. A lot of hard work must of gone into the items on display. Exquisite knitting…

For the ‘Arts in Health’ exhibition

Fantastic to see such vibrant work by two talented people.

On Andrew Howe’s show ‘In Parallel’

Fantastic, Andrew! There is fascinating depth in each piece, & it all works off the other pieces. I love the layers of representation & the combination of media.

Very interesting

– livened up my Saturday!

During 2018, I had the pleasure of mentoring the artist collective recollect

anticipation of their collaboration exhibition project, An Undertaking, at St Chads Cathedral. Mentoring an arts collective in this manner highlighted the strength there is in collaboration and how it can enable a supportive and nurturing environment to empower change and development. From a curatorial perspective the benefit of being a mentor in this situation enabled a rich exchange of ideas and consideration, giving voice to the individual as well as the group. I find that mentoring artists outside of the exhibition and project programme that I curate for Oriel Davies is liberating in how it enables a sharp focus on developmental aspects of work and practice. It also allows for me to be introduced to a wider pool of artists as well as different organisations that the artists may be affiliated with.
Alex Boyd Jones, Oriel Davies Gallery Curator

For the Old Cyprus exhibition:

Thank you for making a dull day sunny 🙂


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