An exciting new one day course for all those interested in textiles is to be held in March 2018 at Saltford (between Bath and Bristol).
Numbers are limited so if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible.
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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.
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'.
The Arts Society is offering a free lecture in Tisbury on Friday 13 October. For details see flyer
Self portrait by Charlie Pike from Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester has been selected for the Rising Stars Exhibition 2017 and the RBA Annual Show at the Mall Galleries from 21/3/17 to 1/4/17. Many thanks to Dorset County DFAS for their sponsorship.
ArtsFest 2018 - Date for your diary
As part of The Arts Society golden anniversary celebrations we are organising a Wessex Area ArtsFest on Wednesday 25th April, 2018 at the Corn Exchange in Devizes. See the poster »
Prior to this we would be delighted if societies could hold their own exhibitions featuring artwork of their members and selecting two items to go forward to the Devizes ArtsFest exhibition.
Do think about organising one of your visits for 2018 to attend this day. As well as attending the exhibition we plan to hold a lecture by a high profile speaker. This will happen in the morning leaving the afternoon free to visit one of the many attractions nearby. Devizes itself is a pretty market town with many nice cafés and restaurants.
We shall be sending out more details of this day in due course. In the meantime, if there is anything you wish to discuss, please or ring her on 01747 852647
The Arts Society Wessex in schools 2018
Wessex schools enter for the RBA Exhibition. The RBA Exhibition took place in The Mall Galleries in London from 17 March to 2 April. The Exhibition is covered in more detail on the The Arts Society National Site. The pictures shown here are the Wessex schools entrants.
'Christopher' by Laura Hounsell from Thomas Hardye School Dorchester was the winning entrant from Wessex and was selected for display at the Exhibition.
- ArtsFest 2016. The Wessex ArtsFest took place on Tuesday 12 April 2016 in The Exchange, Sturminster Newton Dorset, organised by our team: Liz Pocock, Julie Price, Julia Tibbs and Maggie Watts.
This was the third Wessex Artsfest, and included a free lecture from Antiques Roadshow expert Clive Stewart-Lockhart, an accredited Arts Society lecturer.
We were pleased that the new National Chairman June Robinson could be with us on the day.
Below are some pictures taken at the event: