Shropshire has both inspired and been home to generations of artists over the years. Their work gives us an insight into how they perceived the area and interacted with it.
Topographical paintings and prints are also an invaluable visual record of the County especially for the years prior to the invention of photography.
Shropshire Museums current collection consists mainly of paintings including of oils, water-colours and prints, principally of local topographical interest. Views of Shrewsbury, Ludlow and South Shropshire form the largest grouping. There are also small collections from Much Wenlock and Whitchurch.
In 1989 Shropshire County Council began a policy of commissioning modern works of art and crafts from Shropshire artists and makers, of either national standing or judged to be of that potential. This group of mainly paintings, alongside some modern art pieces commissioned by Shrewsbury Museums, forms a small contemporary arts collection.
Around our galleries are a range of artworks from eighteenth century panoramas to modern day paintings which help to illustrate the stories we tell in our displays. Our Balcony Gallery holds regular displays of prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection.