Arts Volunteering is the new name covering societies' work in the community, young and old, giving access to the Arts for everyone.

Following on from the 2019 Volunteer Impact Report findings and analysis of the Young Arts Annual Reports over the past few years it was agreed that 'Young Arts' no longer worked as a term to cover much of the work currently being carried out by societies. Societies are now funding and supporting a wider range of arts projects in their local communities working with schools and colleges as well as inter-generational groups, those in prison, refugees, the homeless, people with disabilities, mental health issues, those in hospital, respite, hospices, choirs, orchestras and theatre.  The list is endless and the work hugely impressive.

In the past, projects in Sussex Area have mainly focussed on Young Arts in schools and colleges. We now look forward to the widening of the impact and variety of projects in communities across Sussex Area.

Gill Baker is the Arts Volunteering Representative on the Area Team.




The student for the academic year 2019/2020 is Hollie Drinkwater who is a conservation student studying bookbinding. Follow this link to read Hollie's Final Report.

In the 2018/2019 academic year, TAS Sussex Area has sponsored Samuel Matthews to study Conservation of Furniture. Samuel's Spring Report can be seen here, and his Final Report here.


Two Sussex students had their work selected for the RBA Exhibition in 2020, which is a great achievement for them and their schools. Bishop Luffa student Toby Richardson's piece is entitled "Urban Perspective" and Farlington School student Yolanda Wang's piece is entitled "Structure and Light". This two works, together with successful selections for previous years may be seen in the gallery a the foot of this page.

Selected work can be viewed on The Arts Society website (see a report on the exhibition and the prizes awarded under NEWS on this website). 


TAS MID SUSSEX - YOUNG ARTISAN of THE YEAR COMPETITION 2019 - Mid Sussex, together with Sussex Area sponsored the Young Artisan of the Year Competition at the 2019 South of England Show. For a report on the 2019 competition click here. The Society also organised and funded a Calligraphy Workshop in conjunction with the Ditchling Museum last summer. For a detailed report, written by their Young Arts Volunteer Su Shephard, please click here

TAS ARUN: funded a drawing workshop with visiting artist Ian Murphy at Angmering School.

TAS BOXGROVE: (formerly TAS Walberton): have continued their support at St. Philip Howard School with a printing project for Year 8 students.

TAS CHICHESTER: continue to support the Technical Youth Programme at Chichester Festival Theatre.

TAS CITY OF CHICHESTER: The society was pleased to provide musical tuition at two local schools for pupils to learn a new instrument for a term.  The project is called 1Term2Learn through West Sussex Music and the pupils have the loan of an instrument for a term and ten weekly lessons. The Year 5 pupils at Parklands Community Primary learnt the tenor horn and the Year 5 and 6 pupils at Boxgrove CE Primary the B flat clarinet.

TAS CHICHESTER, TAS CITY OF CHICHESTER & TAS LAVANT VALLEY: The three societies combined to provide funding for the Summer Concert of the Chichester Music Centre, part of West Sussex Music, held on July 6th at St Paul’s Church, Chichester. The concert involved over 130 young musicians having the opportunity to perform in a variety of ensembles and to showcase their musical skills. For a report on the concert click here.

TAS EAST GRINSTEAD: sponsored a prize at the St Swithuns Festival of Arts. For more click here. They also had a variety of other projects with schools including the purchase of various equipment for two local secondary schools.

TAS EASTBOURNE: worked with an art therapy group at a primary school and supported the Farley Arts Trust Award.

TAS HORSHAM: sponsored the biennial lecture for sixth form students and ran a competition to design posters for the society's 2019/2020 lecture season.

TAS LAVANT VALLEY has just completed a printing project at Singleton Primary School to create a piece of wall art outside the school.

TAS MIDHURST: has funded the creation of a wire construction which will be a prayer tree at Easebourne CE Primary School. 

TAS RUDGWICK: has given a bursary for the most improved student at half year assessment at West Dean College.

TAS SOUTH DOWNS: funded the restoration and transformation of an unused room at Bury CE Primary School into an arts/craft studio. The finished studio was opened on June 21st. Sponsorship has also been given to a children's production of The Wind in the Willows at the Petworth Festival. In addition they gave an annual bursary to support artists facing barriers to the art world for health or social reasons.

TAS WEALDEN & HEATHFIELD: has been supporting various projects including a one-day workshop for GCSE and A level students at both Heathfield Community College and Uplands Community College.

TAS WEST SUSSEX: sponsored a variety of activities including a poetry workshop, a gallery visit and an art enrichment day for gifted and talented students.

Gill Baker. Arts Volunteering, Sussex Area Coordinator