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No Competition in National Art Exhibition

Sir Antony Gormley, creator of the Angel of the North launched The Great Big Art Exhibition Nationally in January this year.

Nationally, the project was to inspire people to create works of art to display in their windows, balconies or front gardens.

Locally, Shrewsbury BID have taken the further step and have been co-ordinating participation by business and inviting the county’s children to create artwork in competition to be displayed on the flags in the town.

Emma Molyneux co-ordinator at Shrewsbury BID stated “We love the idea of a nationwide art exhibition and thought it would be wonderful to get the town centre involved.”

“As well as creating pieces of art to be displayed at home, we wanted to take that a step further by giving people the chance to have their work displayed in the centre of Shrewsbury too.

Alessio Dyfnallt, Director at Cooper Green Pooks and Shrewsbury BID Director said ‘Fantastic to see so many of Shrewsbury’s young artists entering the national Great Big Art Exhibition.  The animal theme making the Charles Darwin link.  Great to see Write Here and Crew Clothing entering into the colourful spirit of the High Street.’

Sir Antony said: “I am delighted to hear that Shrewsbury is on board with The Great Big Art Exhibition and am looking forward to seeing the results. 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.”










The project 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.

For further information on the project please visit