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2019 Young Arts Information Day - Friday 29th March

This will take place at Sarum College,Salisbury and all YARS are invited to attend as well as Society Chairmen and any other interested members. Invitations will be sent out in January 2019. We look forward to seeing you.

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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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.

Royal Society of British Artists 2018

Work by shortlisted students will again be exhibited at the 2018 spring exhibition at The Mall Galleries in London. The shortlisted students will have the title 'RBA Star Student' during the show and receive an invitation to the private view. For images of the selected student work please see:

One student will be awarded the John Ingram Memorial Prize.


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