18th July 2012

An exhibition of artwork inspired by Shrewsbury’s historic Flaxmill is now open to the public at Shrewsbury Market Hall. The Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings Touring Exhibition will be at the Visual Art Network gallery until July 28. The exhibit is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, between 10am and 4pm.

Five of the pieces on display came top of a Facebook poll from the 70 exhibits at the Friends Open Arts Exhibition held in September last year.

Richard Benjamin, Co-ordinator of FFM Community Arts said:  "These are tremendous interpretations of this iconic collection of buildings and the stories which lie within them. The Touring Exhibition has already stimulated a great deal of interest.  We are looking for even more successes from the Open Arts Exhibition coming up in September. Anyone interested in participating in the Open Exhibition should visit our website at or email"

Alongside the exhibition will be a textile piece from students of Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology and other art inspired by the Ditherington Flaxmill Maltings. 

Visitors will also be able to see flax being spun by Maralyn Hepworth on Fridays and Saturdays and an arts demonstration by Dea Paradisos on July 24.

Maralyn said: "Ten years ago I wove a tapestry of the Flaxmill as it gradually became derelict and nature began to take over.  It is very exciting to be part of this first exhibition organised by the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings at such an exciting time for this important, iconic building."