young arts

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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2017 Young Arts Information Day , March 2017

At the recent 2017 Young Arts Information Day we were joined by YARs and Society Chairmen from the Wessex Area and guests from the Hants and Isle of Wight Area and from West Mercia.

Our speakers were :

  • Iain Green, a Wildlife Photographer who works with schools across the UK, encouraging children and young people to engage with the natural world that is to be found on their doorstep.
  • Noreen Meehan from Guilford Street who talked us through the grant application process.
  • Our Area Chairman, Maggie Watts, introduced the Area’s Golden Jubilee project ‘Golden Lectures‘ whereby each Wessex society is to be encouraged and helped to bring an Arts Society lecturer into a local secondary school or FE College to deliver a talk on a subject that is relevant to the students’ A level studies.(see paragraph below for more details )
  • Liz Pocock explained how Young Arts is to be incorporated into the 2018 Wessex Arts Fest.

There were plenty of opportunities to share experiences and ideas. As always, the day proved to be both enjoyable and stimulating. It was encouraging to hear about the many ways in which children and young people are being supported by The Arts Society's sponsorship of high quality art projects in schools and in the wider community.

2018 Golden ArtsFest

See poster »

Organisers wish to exhibit the talents of our Young Arts - see note to YA Reps »

2018 Golden Lectures

Details of the 2018 Golden Lectures »

Sample letter to Headteachers »

Download a grant application form in Word format »

Download an expenses claim form in Word format »

The 6th Form students who attended the Arts Society lecture wrote their thanks as follows »

Diary Dates

See Diary page


See the latest Young Arts Newsletter: Oct 2017 »

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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 for British Artsists

The Arts Society, in conjunction with the RBA, is again offering A-level students the opportunity to exhibit at the 2018 spring exhibition at The Mall Galleries in London. The shortlisted students will have the title 'RBA Scholar' during the show and receive an invitation to the private view. One student will be awarded the John Ingram Memorial Prize.

Our congratulations go to Charlie Pike from the Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester whose 'Selfportrait' was shown at the 2017 RBA Exhibition in March at the Mall Galleries, London. See News


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