The Art Shack, Shrewsbury

The Artshack

“escape to creativity”

Arts Council England - Lottery Funded
Shropshire Council

About Us

Maggie AllmarkFOUNDER

Maggie Allmark

Maggie Allmark is an arts practitioner with many years of experience. She holds a degree in ceramics and a post graduate Art Teachers certificate, and she taught Art and Design at secondary level for 15 years. More recently Maggie has been delivering creative workshops to many schools and communities in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Staffordshire and the Midlands.

She has been involved in community arts projects working with partner organisations such as Shropshire Council, English Heritage, The Crafts Council, and The Hive, Shrewsbury. Maggie also delivered a very successful Young Curators project for Shrewsbury Museum and Art gallery for 12 years. Her own work is textile based, and she has exhibited in many galleries across the country. At the Artshack Maggie can teach a range of creative skills including textiles, machine embroidery, ceramics, painting and drawing, design and printmaking.


Organizations Artshack artists have worked with:

Arts Council England

Crafts Council

Heritage Lottery

National Trust

The Wildlife Trust

Frank Cohen Collection

West Midlands Arts

The Big Lottery fund

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

The Red Cross

The Home Office

Arts and Humanities Research council

English Heritage

Ministry of Defence


Meadow Arts

Shropshire Education Authority

The Hive, Shrewsbury

Pentabus Theatre Company

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Eric Robinson’s Artbox

South Staffordshire Housing association

Walsall Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

Churches Conservation Trust

Climate Change

Museum on the Move

Shropshire Archives

Trinity College London

BBC Get Creative

Severnside Housing

Beth Johnson Foundation

Salford City Council

Community Covenant Fund

The Evolution Centre

Wolverhampton Museum and Art Gallery

NHS Shropshire

Visual Arts Network

Shrewsbury Open Studios

RA Collaborations

Cocoon Arts

Sotherby’s Institute




Dr. Jack Roberts

Dr. Jack Roberts is an artist and arts professional whose artistic practice is textile focused. He holds a degree in Fine Art, a Masters in Arts and Museum Management and a PhD in the economics of contemporary art.

As an artist and arts educator Jack has been involved in community arts projects working with partner organisations such as Shropshire Council, The National Trust, The Hive Shrewsbury as well as regional and national Museums. At the Art Shack Jack runs workshops on embroidery, pattern cutting, painting, sculpture and design.

Sam Johnson Squire

Samuel Johnson-Squire
Illustrator, photographer, editor with a degree in graphic design and illustration from the University of De Montfort, he works in multiple techniques including printmaking, lino cuts, stencils, line drawing, and animation. Samuel is inspired by his world travels and documents his adventures in photography, detailed drawings, and prints. He has worked on design and video projects for Network Rail, MIND, Majestic Films, Young Curators and CAST performing arts.

Nada Velickovic

Nada is a fine artist whose abstract painting are formed using mark making, printing and stencilling to explore how lines, shapes and space interact. She then expands those elements into a dialogue that encompasses the canvas as a whole. She has a B.A. Hons degree in Fine Art from Falmouth University. Her skills include painting, drawing, collage, and mixed media work.

Nada was runner up in 2012 Saatchi Art competition and recently exhibited in the 2018 Oriel Davies Newtown. Judged by Sacha Craddock, writer and curator; Jane Simpson, artist and Director Galerie Simpson; Matthew Collings, Artist, Writer, critic and broadcaster; Steffan Jones-Hughes, Director, Oriel Davies and Alex Boyd Jones Curator, Oriel Davies.

Sold work to collectors in America and Italy and continues to sell work Nationally and locally

Katherine Soutar Caddick

Katherine Soutar (Caddick) is an Artist and illustrator who specialises in themes of story and folklore. She has been illustrating folktales for both the history press and individual storytellers for many years. Graduating with a BA (hons) in fine art glass, Katherine has also worked part time for the past 15 years in an academy school helping students develop both illustration and warm glass work for their GCSE’s and A levels. She regularly runs workshops in mixed media techniques and print, teaches on art escapes in Morocco and Ireland and regularly exhibits her work along with giving talks on illustrating for storytelling.  Katherine also has a diploma in Art therapy from Goldsmiths college.

Carl Sharratt

Carl Sharratt ( BAhons, ATD, DIPSE )has spent all working life in Art education. Recently retired.

Worked in Wolverhampton, Sandwell – including advisory work- and finally at Thomas Telford School as Head of Art. Although an all-rounder, his favourite areas are drawing, printmaking and ceramics.

Chris VandykeChris Vandyke

Chris Vandyke is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and multimedia producer working in both digital and traditional mediums.

He was worked extensively as a workshop leader and creative practitioner across a broad range of creative activities for nearly 15 years.

Chris also works as a freelance creative for a range of commercial clients in the fields of graphic design and illustration, digital animation, sound design and film production.

Jacky Champ

Jacky pursued her passion for the visual arts later in life. She holds a degree in Fine Art from Wolverhampton University.

Studying later in life gave her the confidence to exhibit her work out in the public domain as part of her studies. She has created large scale installations using light, sound, movement and electronics. She loved the element of surprise with kinetic art, finding it mesmerising,

Her skills include ceramic sculpture, drawing and mixed media work.

Jacky has worked out in the community with many different groups of individuals from primary age upwards. More recently she was lead artist with the arts organisation “Arty Party” who support adults with learning difficulties. With the help of her passionate and skilful support team she brought their work up to exhibition standard delivering an outdoor sculpture garden, indoor installation topped off with a performance to celebrate the theme.


Audrey Whyle

Audrey Whyle is an amateur artist that has picked up her brushes again after time out raising a family. She studied fine art and art history whilst at college.

She has worked in education for 28 years as a laboratory technician, where she has also been responsible for Health and Safety. Audrey is therefore our Health and Safety co-ordinator here at Artshack.

Paul Hutchinson

Paul Hutchinson owns Virtual Shropshire and is Artshack’s technical partner, providing support for the website, online promotion and video services. In addition he is a CAA Qualified commercial drone operator.