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Creative book about Shrewsbury Market Hall wins national award.

Posted: 28 Sep 2021

We’re thrilled to be the inspiration behind a substantial piece of graphic design work that has won a national award. 

Congratulations to Shrewsbury graphic design artist Tony Clarkson, of Severn Agency, who has received a Bronze Award in the Creativepool Awards and is featured in the Creativepool Annual 2021.

Tony has produced a stunning book, entitled ‘Shrewsbury Market Hall: A Day in the Life’. It is filled with beautiful black and white images that record the daily heartbeat of the market, alongside reflections of the people within it and striking bold graphics that cleverly echo the architectural ‘clean lines’ and ‘simple forms’ of the landmark 1960’s building. 

Tony was inspired by the life and community of the market he has grown to love and the controversial, ‘love it or hate it’ Postmodernist architecture that continues to divide opinion today. 

His offices are located just across the road from us. Tony’s every day view, when he looks out of the window, is of Shrewsbury Market Hall. We’re delighted that he wanted to turn our market and building into such a thoughtful and engaging piece of work. 

“Designed in 1965 by the award-winning architect David du Roi Aberdeen, the brutalist style Market Hall building in Shrewsbury causes much contention. This record of the day-to-day from inside the landmark building reflects the people who use it,” explains Tony.

“An observational essay with interviews and insights from the wide variety of tenants backed up with candid images of their everyday goings-on.

“Some see the building as an eyesore intruding on the surrounding architectural mix of much loved Mediaeval, Georgian and Victorian buildings. Others love it because of this contrast and its individuality.”

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