In 2021, Secret Severn Arts will be organising their sixth annual art trail. There will be a number of changes and these developments will offer more choice and diversity to the participating artists and general public alike. Artists who want to join the 2021 art trail will be able to choose from a number of options. These options recognise the importance of maintaining the quality of art exhibited at the Footprint Gallery whilst also offering all artists – aspiring or established – the opportunity to exhibit at an open or pop-up studio. Artists who wish to apply will have to reside in the Shropshire and hinterland.



Every year, Secret Severn curates a fine art exhibition at the Footprint Gallery in the Fusion building at Jackfield (situated right next to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Tile Museum ). 
Artists accepted for the Exhibition will be asked to submit up to 10/12 pieces of wall hung work for display. All art submitted must be new (created since the last art trail) and form a coherent body of work. We also welcome three dimensional art, such as ceramics, glass, sculpture, installation and textiles .

We aim to hang/display at least six pieces of work from each accepted artist and we will be grouping art together to demonstrate a relationship between each piece within the body of an artist’s work. Artists are encouraged to bring “reserve” pieces, which will be kept as replacements should work be sold and taken away. Artists will also be able to have current and other work in browsers.

There will be table-top space for three dimensional works of art and we ask that jewellery designers supply their own display in a designated space.
The acceptance of all art work is at the discretion of the curating committee and there will be a commission fee on sales of 20%.


Artists with established studios/galleries may wish to be part of the art trail and be featured in our trail brochure. For example, artists with studios at the Maws Craft Centre in Jackfield may wish to choose this option. Alternatively, artists living in the Ironbridge Gorge/Telford area may want to open their own studio to the public during the trail. If you would like your own studio to be featured on the trail please provide details below. There will be a dedicated area in the brochure for all Open Studios, so those exhibitors will be featured in the trail brochure.


Artists may choose to exhibit at a pop-up studio like Jackfield Village Hall. Exhibitors will have a dedicated space to show their work and are also invited to demonstrate / work in their studio space for the duration of the exhibition. The artists will be expected to co-operate to arrange a rota, and to ensure that there is always at least one person in attendance for the duration of the exhibition. We ask that your studio space always has an attractive display on show even when you are not in attendance. Venues for pop-up studios will have to comply with the usual health and safety regulations, risk assessments and necessary insurances.


We have a limited number of advertising spaces available in the booklet for businesses in and around the Gorge. The trail creates increased footfall, so if you would like to attract additional visitors to your business, this is a great opportunity. Last year, around 50% of our visitors were from outside the Telford postcode area and 25% were from much further afield. With options to advertise in our brochure, flyers and other marketing material, there’s an option to suit you and your business.