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Most Wessex societies sponsor a Young Arts Project within their local community. Each society has a Young Arts Representative who makes links with local schools and community groups. Funding is provided to help facilitate a wide range of initiatives e.g. artists working in schools, exhibitions of young peoples' work, prizes for outstanding achievement and visits to galleries and museums. The amount that societies are able to give as sponsorship varies. Some societies are able to provide significant amounts of funding whilst others can only offer to make a contribution towards expenses.

"The Beat Goes On!" with Ollie Tumner

A heartwarming account of a Body Percussion Workshop at Coombe Bissett Primary School, part of 'Supporting Mental Health Through Music' – sponsored by The Arts Society Wylye Valley and the Friends of Coombe Bissett School.

The RBA Rising Star Students Competition

Developed with the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), the RBA Star Students competition encourages aspiring young artists who are identified by The Arts Society's local Societies and whose artworks are entered for it. The RBA then selects the very best pieces for exhibition in London.

This year 41 finalists were chosen from over 200 entries for their exceptional artworks. The 20 top artists will appear at both the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) and the Mall Galleries and an additional 21 artists will be shown at ROSL. All artworks demonstrated the highest levels of skill, expression and draughtsmanship using a variety of mediums, exploring equally varied subjects.

Lucy Fitzwilliam-Lay from St Mary’s School, Calne will have her work shown at the Mall Galleries in spring 2020. Her oil painting ‘Conventional’ was submitted by TAS Kington Langley. See Gallery above, first image.


Over many years Wessex Area Committee has helped apprentices buy equipment needed for their respective courses.


articulation logoARTiculation is a national public speaking competition run by the Roche Court Educational Trust which seeks to engage students, regardless of background and experience, with art to develop their confidence and ability to express their opinions, thoughts and ideas.

Students aged between 16 and 19 are invited to deliver a 10 minute presentation on a work of art, artefact or architecture of their choice. Museums and galleries host regional heats which are adjudicated by eminent academics, critics, artists and gallery directors. The Finals and Symposium take place in March at Clare College, University of Cambridge and in 2016 were adjudicated by Hannah Rothschild, writer, filmmaker and Chair of The Trustees of The National Gallery. All schools are invited to attend the ARTiculation Symposium and Final regardless of candidates’ selection. This day is designed to engage students in looking at and talking about art and architecture, as well as offering an insight into university life.

ARTiculation is supported by an extensive programme of outreach workshops for state maintained schools and youth groups to work with students who have little or no previous experience of public speaking and/or critical studies. Workshops have been designed to give young people a forum in which to express the arguments and understandings they reach through personal discovery, research, and observation.

For more information on the Prize, outreach workshops and to find out how to take part, please visit our website Also see News item below.

Alternatively contact Josepha Sanna, or 01980 862802