Young Arts



Started in 1973, The Arts Society Young Arts provides exciting opportunities for children and young people to expand their horizons through their involvement in a variety of arts related activities. We aim to inspire young people with enthusiasm for the arts and increase awareness of our arts heritage and its conservation. 

Young Arts projects can include: 

  • Artists in residence in schools 
  • Funding for gallery and museum visits 
  • Art Exhibitions 
  • Bursaries/awards for individual students
  • Specialist materials for an activity
  • Music, poetry and literature activities


Please click here for the current newsletter and here for details of how to report projects to The Arts Society. 

Previous newsletter- click here for the previous 2019 edition.

Please also visit the individual websites of local societies to find more details of Young Arts projects in the Sussex Area.


West Dean College

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

We look forward to sponsoring a new student for the academic year 2019/2020.

Previous West Dean Projects

In the 2017/2018 academic year, two students received financial support from TAS Sussex Area, funded by contributions from individual societies and the profits of our Area Special Interest Days. For an overview of our links with the College click here. TAS Sussex Area scholar Stephen Loader received two prizes at the recent awards ceremony held on 5 July 2018, both for his outstanding skills in Horology (clock restoration). Local TAS societies also presented prizes at this event, to Sarah Askey for her work with Book and Manuscript restoration, and to Jane McNair for her creations under the Visual Arts heading. For further details of all four awards please click here. For more information about Stephen's major project please click his Spring Term report here and his End-of Year report here. Sarah's most recent work can be seen here. For an example of Jane McNair's work click here. Our second 2017/2018 scholar, Rosie Blay also completed this summer and her Spring Term report is here, and her End-of-Year report here. Anyone who has ever dropped and broken a valuable ceramic piece can take heart that Rosie now has the skills to reconstruct it. Brilliant! 

Current and recent activities from societies across the county.

Two Sussex students had their work selected for the RBA Exhibition in 2019 which is a great achievement for the students and their schools. 247 pieces were submitted by 36 societies and 21 were selected for the exhibition in London. Bishop Luffa School student Francesca Krum’s piece is entitled ‘Rob’ (it seems her grandfather!) and Farlington School student Amber Li’s piece is entitled ‘The River’.  To view the two pieces of work click here. All the 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.

TAS Mid Sussex: the society organised and funded a Calligraphy Workshop in Ditchling during the past summer. For a detailed report, written by their Young Arts Volunteer Su Shephard, please click here

TAS Chichester: continue to support the Technical Youth Programme ay 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. Both schools were very appreciative of the society funding these, providing an opportunity that the pupils otherwise would not have had. A total of 85 pupils at the two schools benefitted from this experience. 

TASs Chichester, City of Chichester and 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.

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. In addition they sponsored a painting competition at Midhurst Rother College for key stages 3 and 4 students.

TAS Mid Sussex: has set up a Masterclass in calligraphy and creative writing at Ditchling Museum.

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.

TAS Walberton: have continued their support at St Philip Howard School witha printing project for year 8 students.

TAS Wealden Heathfield: has been supoorting various projects including a one-day workshop for GCSE and A level students at both hea5thfield Community College and Uplands Community College.

TAS West Sussex: An annual award has been set up in memory of Susi Beale and this year the award is going to The Weald School for a combined poetry and art project.

Additional information about previous projects can be found here.

Thank you

Gill Baker. Young Arts Area Coordinator

David Bignell. Website Manager, Sussex Area