news & events

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  • Wessex Newsletter

    We have started a Wessex Area Newsletter which has been sent to each Society Chairman. The link is below:

    Newsletter »

  • Golden Lectures 2018

    Wessex Area decided to mark the Golden Jubilee of The Arts Society in 2018 by initiating an Area wide series of free introductory lectures - more details »

  • Wessex Area ArtsFest 25th April 2018

    It was decided many months ago that Wessex Area would organise an Arts Festival to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the Arts Society.

    Devizes Corn Exchange, in the centre of a thriving market town and easily accessible to most of our societies fitted the bill perfectly.

    Most of our 22 societies organised their own members' exhibition and then forwarded one fine artwork and one decorative artwork chosen by their members. These were then displayed in the Corn Exchange on Wednesday 25th April for all to see - members and non-members alike so it was a true celebration of our members' skill and creativity. We were very pleased to have our national Chairman, June Robinson, with us to open the exhibition.

    Paul Atterbury delighted his audience on the same day with a talk on "The Canal Age" which was very relevant to Devizes as the Kennet and Avon Canal flows through the town.

    In excess of 400 people came through the doors that day which indicates that our ArtsFest was not only inclusive but outward looking and does much to promote The Arts Society at a local level.

  • Congratulations to Elizabeth Barnikel!

    Pictured is Elizabeth, YAR for The Arts Society North Wiltshire, receiving the Marsh Award for Volunteering with The Arts Society from Mr Brian Marsh OBE, Founder and Chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust Award. The presentation was held at Two Temple Place, London.

  • Headquarters and Committee News:

  • Area Meeting Sarum College Friday 12 October 2018

    Chairman's slides »

  • The Arts Society e-bulletin
    The Arts Society Headquarters have developed a new means of communicating with members in the form of an e-bulletin sent by email. You can see the latest edition here »
    As you will see from the link, you can subscribe and get it sent to you regularly.

Activities News:

  • Wessex on Mobile Devices

    Those with busy lives can now keep up-to-date 'on the run'. The website has been enhanced so you can now view it properly on both tablets and mobile phones. would be grateful for any feedback.

  • Young Carers Raise The Roof

    Young Carers from Wiltshire and Somerset received a standing ovation from those who gathered in their hundreds in Bath Abbey to enjoy the 2017 Bath Festival's 'Party in the City'. An assortment of handmade percussion instruments accompanied young musicians playing guitars, recorders, string instruments and electronic keyboards, all working together to creating a joyful and rhythmic sound. There were also some quiet and reflective moments of song and poetry written by the young people. The Bath Community Gospel Choir was there to help and support the young people as they reached out to the audience with their thoughts and feelings expressed in art and music.

    The music was accompanied by an animated film which show-cased the young people's artwork. Members of The Arts Society Bath were pleased to be able support the Bath Philharmonia's Creative Learning Team in funding this special project which is part of an ongoing Arts Award programme.

    Kerry ,a member of the group and now also a volunteer helper, commented on how valuable this sort of opportunity is as it gives the Young Carers the chance to 'create something amazing'.

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diary of events

23 January 2019Study Day NorthMarket Lavington
25 February 2019Wessex Area MeetingSarum College, Salisbury
27 February 2019Study Day NorthMarket Lavington
27 March 2019Study Day NorthMarket Lavington
28 March 2019Annual Directory MeetingCentral Westminster Hall, London
29 March 2019Wessex Young Arts Information DaySarum College10.30am - 3.00pm
15 May 2019Annual General MeetingFriends House, Euston Road, London
4 June 2019New YAR Information DayArt Society House, London
16 October 2019Wessex Area MeetingSarum College, Salisbury

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