Have your say!: Shropshire Council leisure and culture consultations

The following leisure and culture strategies are all out for public consultation. Make sure you have your say:

Coronavirus: Shropshire Libraries’ Arts Award is now online

Arts Award is a set of qualifications for children and young people that gets them involved in, and excited about, the arts and culture. On completion, children will be awarded a certificate from Trinity College London, who manage Arts Award, in association with Arts Council England. Now available in both Discover and Explore levels, Shropshire Libraries’ Arts Award has moved online, and you can now sign-up.

To support children’s continued learning and engagement in the arts, Shropshire Libraries are offering the opportunity to work towards Arts Award Discover and Explore from the safety of your home.

The Discover level qualification is designed for children ages 5-9, and Explore level for ages 7-11; although any young person up to the age of 25 can take part.

You will create online portfolios through a secure web platform to complete their qualification. In your portfolios, you will show evidence of; taking part in art activities of your choosing, finding out about artists and their work, and sharing with others what you have learned and enjoyed. Explore participants will also create a piece of art.

To support the Arts Award qualification, Shropshire Libraries Arts Award team have put together a package highlighting relevant e-books, e-magazines and arts and cultural websites. A highlight of this package are links to local arts and cultural organisations such as Shropshire Museums, who have created a selection of short videos and worksheets featuring objects and artworks held in the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery collection.

To find out how to sign up to Arts Award Discover or Explore and the costs of taking part visit the Shropshire Libraries website or contact To find out more about Arts Award visit

Free Theatre for All! (From the comfort and safety of home!)

To celebrate World Theatre Day (today, Friday 27 March 2020), Pentabus Theatre (national rural theatre company, based in Ludlow) today announced that they are going to release recordings of their past shows on their website and social media channels to be streamed for free.

These will remain live for the next three months, and will be released weekly on a Friday at 2pm for anyone to access.

The first production to be released was “Here I Belong” by Matt Hartley today, with other shows to follow including “Crossings” by Deirdre Kinahan and “Each Slow Dusk” by Rory Mullarkey.

The recordings will be accompanied by social media Q&As with cast and creative teams from the productions, details of which will be announced via social media.

Pentabus were the first company to live stream theatre directly from village halls into homes and community spaces across the world. All recordings are high quality and filmed during live streams or as part of a live capture over the past five years.

They realise that a lot of their audience will be stuck in their houses in rural communities and want to give everyone the chance to go to the virtual village hall and experience excellent theatre from the comfort of their own home.

To view the shows as they’re released: | Youtube: PentabusTheatre | Instagram: Pentabustheatrecompany
Facebook: PentabusTheatre  Twitter: @pentabustheatre