The Welsh border charity that puts its art into the festive season
Now in its 30th year, Oswestry-based charity Qube is renowned for its Christmas arts and crafts exhibition. And once again, visitors will be able to browse an array of original seasonal gift ideas this winter while enjoying the feel-good factor that comes with supporting the charity’s services.
Qube provides transport and Shopmobility solutions for the people of north Shropshire and its Welsh borders while also offering the likes of art activities, befriending groups, volunteer sourcing and health awareness support.
The charity’s gallery is always a major draw, but the run-up to Christmas is always a great time to visit. This year’s festive display brings together an even broader range of high-quality art, crafts and seasonal accessories produced by artists and makers from Shropshire and the Welsh borders.
Featuring the most diverse collection yet of original work, the eagerly anticipated exhibition includes original paintings, illustrations, sculptures, glassware, ceramics, turned wood, knitwear, felting, handbags, jewellery and more. And for that festive finishing touch, Christmas cards, gift wrapping, gift tags and tree decorations abound.
Qube arts support worker Sam Bellis looks over the exhibits in Qube’s latest Christmas Arts and Crafts Exhibition
Of course, the festive season can create its fair share of waste, but environmental concerns are addressed with a range of upcycled products, including Team Sikel’s earrings, cable organisers and desk tidies made from punctured bicycle inner tubes, and Michele Coxon’s papier mache animals sculpted from old bank statements!
All items on display are for sale, offering original, imaginative and often quirky gift ideas for all ages, with prices starting from under £2. And as well as showcasing and supporting local talent, a proportion of sales from the exhibition goes towards funding Qube’s growing range of art, well-being and transport services that are a lifeline for many.
• The Qube Christmas Arts & Crafts Exhibition runs Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm and Saturdays 9.30am-12.30pm, until Friday 23rd December. Oswald Road, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 1RB. Admission free. For more information, visit qube-oca.org.uk