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, poetryand 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 2018 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. - during the 2017/2018 academic year, two students have 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 an his End-of Year report here. Sarah's most recent report on her work can be seen here. For an example of Jane McNair's work click here. Our second 2017/2018 scholar, Rosie Blay also completes this summer and her Spring Term report is here, and her End-of-Year report here. Anyone who has ever dropped and broken a vauable ceramic piece can take heart that Rosie now has the skills to reconstruct it. Brilliant!


Royal Society of British Artists.The Arts Society works in partnership with the Royal Society of British Artists to provide young artists with an opportunity to have their work selected for exhibition in London.  A-level Students work is viewed by The Arts Society members and submitted to the RBA for consideration for their Spring Exhibition. Societies across the country submitted a total of 272 pieces of work for consideration and 20 were chosen for exhibition. Two pieces nominated  by The Arts Society City of Chichester, by Bishop Luffa School students Izzy Crouch and Jessica Turner were included in those selected for exhibition and can be seen by clicking here. Also visit The Arts Society City of Chichester website.


The Arts Society Sussex Area and six local societies (Arun, Eastbourne, Mid-Sussex, Rudgwick, Storrington, and Uckfield & Lewes) contributed significantly towards the financial support of the Young Craftsman of the Year Competition. See the News tab (above). A more detailed report can be accessed here. The prospectus for the 2019 competition can be accessed here, and the relevant entry form here. More competitiors are needed.


TAS City of Chichester: has sponsored a mask-making project at Bishop Luffa School for Year 9 pupils, illustrated here.

TAS Mid Sussex:  with other local societies and with TAS Sussex Area, has become a Gold Sponsor of the Young Craftsman of the Year Competition at the South of England Show. For more information, click here

TAS Rudgwick: made a generous donation to an outstanding student at West Dean. For further details see here.

TAS South Downs: has been at Bury Primary School working on a collages project.

TAS East Grinstead: has made donations to Imberhorne and Sackville Schools for music related activities. Printmaker Helen Brown led a one day workshop for Year 9 pupils at Sackville. The society also sponsored a West Dean College prize, for further details see here. The society's website is here.

TAS West Sussex: organized a Pop-Up Exhibition of school children's art (all ages) at the Petworth Festival (18-21 July 2018). The venue was the United Reformed Church in the centre of the town. The exhibition was spectacular and a report is presented here.

TASs Chichester, City of Chichester and Lavant Valley: continue their collaborative project with the Cass Sculpture Foundation, which enables students in the Chichester Area to access the archive there, using the inspiration as research to motivate and develop their own work. By the end of the summer term 2018, 148 visits had been made.

TAS Lavant Valley: another collaborative art project with Singleton Primary School has been  completed. Children at the school are organised into three classes, named Willow, Beech and Oak. Each child in this small school  has crafted a leaf related to their class name, using clay. The leaves were fired, painted and glazed, marked with each child’s name and hung from a tree to create a colourful display in the school hallway. Please click here to see the completed display.

TAS Uckfield, Lewes & Newick: sponsored the affiliation of Holy Cross Primary School, Uckfield to Artsmark, a scheme administered by The Arts Council England which sets standards and provides support for creative actiivities in schools. With help from the Patricia Fay Fund, the society also funded the preparation for and participation in the May Day Parade through Uckfield on 28 May 2018. For a report click here.

Information about previous projects can be found here.

Thank you

Gill Baker. Young Arts Area Coordinator

David Bignell. Chair, TAS Sussex Area (Web Manager)

Sue Ng, Chair, TAS Mid Sussex

November 2018