Young Arts

Sussex Young Arts are proud to announce that the winner of the National Chairman's Competition for Young Arts 2016 (aged 8-10) is:
Artist:                 Anna Douglas (aged 10)
School:              Singleton CE Primary  School (Chichester)
Sponsored by:  Lavant Valley DFAS
click here to see the winning entry "Chocodile" along with all the other entries from Singleton Primary School. 

Started in 1973, NADFAS Young Arts provides exciting opportunities for children and young people to expand their horizons through their involvement in creative arts activities. 

We aim to inspire young people with a lasting enthusiasm for the arts and an awareness of our arts heritage and its conservation. Our vision is equality of opportunity for all to learn through participation in the arts. 

Young Arts projects can include:     Please click here to open the pdf version of Young Arts Newsletter 

  • Artists in residence in schools 
  • Funding for gallery and museum visits 
  • Art Exhibitions 
  • Bursaries/awards for individual students

Young Arts is a programme that has a vital role in fulfIlling the aims and philosophies of NADFAS and in contributing to its charitable status. In 2014 Young Arts projects invested £200,000 across the country, and in so doing enriched the lives of over 20,000 young people. The Young Arts programmes, run by individual societies, hopes to provide children and young people with exciting opportunities to experience a wide range of arts activities and to foster their creative development, providing them with inspiration and confidence. Our work aims to stimulate a lasting enthusiasm for the arts and an awareness of arts heritage and its conservation.

Across the area there is a wide variety of Young Arts activities, ranging from workshops to  exhibitions; artists residencies; sculpture trails and The Big Draw. We are also privileged to offer financial support to a student at West Dean College.

You may be interested to know that the total sum invested in Young Arts last year across the country and Europe was £245.000, to which Sussex contributed well over £10.000.  Do share this with members if you get an opportunity. It's well worth talking about!  Thank you for all your efforts.

Activity from societies across the county.

Annually NADFAS works in partnership with the RBA to provide young artists with an opportunity to have their work selected for exhibiton in London.  A-level Students work is viewed by NADFAS members and submitted to the RBA for consideration in their Spring Exibition in The Mall Galleries - 348 artworks including paintings, sculptures and ceramics were nominated across the country of which 36 were selected.  One of the paintings nominated by West Sussex DFAS has been selected for inclusion in the exhibition 'Seated Angel' by Eleanor Bell from Farlington School (see painting to the right).  This and all other selected works will be on display in two exhibitions:-
Royal Overseas League - 10th February to 12th March 2017 at Park Place, St James's Street, London SW1A 1LR  from 10.00  to 18.00 daily - Admission:  Free
RBA's Spring Exhibition - 22nd March to 1st April 2017 at The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1 from 10.00 to 17.00 daily (closes at 13.00 on final day - Admission:  £3: £2.50 concessions (50% off to Art Pass Holders):  Free to Friends of Mall Galleries and under 18's.
Click here to see last year's chosen artwork by young students:  http//

Arun DFAS:  ran a series of 5 community workshops covering a range of media for primary children and families at Georgian Garden School, Rustington.

Chichester DFAS :  continues to offer bursaries to assist 9 technical students at Chichester Festival Youth Theatre.

City of Chichester DFAS :  supported an artist in residence for KS2 pupils at Chidham School, focusing on Kandinsky and abstract art, whilst at West Wittering School they provided materials to enhance the making of props and costumes for the school's production of The Lion King.

Horham DFAS :  held a poster competition for Sixth Form Students to publicise their lectures.

Lavant DFAS :  successfully entered art work from Singleton School where they achieved a winning entry and two highly commended in one category.  At the same primary school they also funded materials for pupils to work with clay to produce artwork for the school entrance.

Mid Sussex :  held an art competition 'Through the Doorway' at Rother Valley College.  Selected works were exhibited in the art shop in Midhurst where the winning painting was sold!

Oakwood :  made a generous donation to an outstanding student at West Dean.

South Downs :  sponsored a young quartet of musicians from The Royal School of Music in a concert within the Petworth Music Festival.

Steyning :  paid for an artist in residence to work with Year 10 pupils for two days at Steyning Grammar School on life drawing.

Walberton :  ran a project which involved sponsoring a visti by Year 6 students from Yapton Primary School to Pallant Gallery in Chichester to learn about mask making and to study faces.

West Sussex DFAS :  sponsored an open air theatre performance of 'Danny the Champion of the World' for children combined with a competition to design the image to be used as publicity within Petworth Festival.  They also held a 'Street Art' evening lecture for 6th form students, parents, teachers and members, given by Doug Gillen at The Weald School.

A notable development has been the collaboration on three Societies, Chichester, City of Chichester and Lavant who are working together on a project at Cass Sculpture Park which will enable up to 200 students in the area to access the archive there, using the inspiration as research to inspire and develop their own work.

RBA EXHIBITION:  Several societies took the opportunity to select 'A' level artwork and submit them to the RBA for consideration for selection in the Spring Exhibition in The Mall Gallery and in The Rising Star Exhibition at the Royal Overseas League in St James.  West Sussex DFAS were again fortunate to have work selected from Farlington School.  It will be on display together with the other 21 selected works out of the 284 artworks submitted nationally.

WEST DEAN VISIT:  5TH JULY 2017  -  This unique visit is arranged for members across the area, providing them with an opportunity to see West Dean College in a way not available to the public and to gain an insight into the specialness of this establishment and the extraordinary opportunity we have in Sussex to support a student there under Sussex Area Young Arts.   Click here for booking form.

YOUNG ARTS is developing in the Sussex Area - last year 20 societies contrubuted to our bursary for a student at West Dean and 11 societies also ran projects in their area enhancing their visibility and contrubuting within their communities whilst raising the profile of NADFAS and YOUNG ARTS.  

Thank you

Susi Beale
Young Arts Area Coordinator
January 2017