what we do
Our society aims to inspire young people with a lasting enthusiasm for the arts.
We work with schools by funding ‘Artists in Residence’ to work on arts projects with pupils. For example, local artists Anne-Marie Abbate and Amanda Silk have worked with special school pupils to help them create art work. Projects have involved the use of felt, tie-dye, ceramics, print-making and collage. As well as providing pupils with an opportunity to develop their creative skills, the projects have had an impact on their social and communication skills as they work together to create displays of their work.
We also arrange and support art competitions. One project involved working with a local primary school to produce designs for our Christmas card. Previously we have provided prizes for the Harpur Trust Art Competition, open to all local schools.
Members' donations to Young Arts make a huge impact and allow us to offer these workshops, art competitions and many more activities to young people in the area.
Young Arts Workshop at the Grange Academy
"For our Young Arts Workshop at the Grange Academy in Kempston, we asked our member artist, Anne-Marie Abbate, to run the workshop for Years 10 and 11.
The pupils listened, concentrated and had great fun working with a range of different fabrics, wallpapers, feathers etc. Tracing, precision cutting and glueing were involved in making their own interpretations of the drawings given. Rollers were used to ink their designs and then printing took place. Feather printing was also a great success!
The pupils' collographs, feather prints, mono printing and print making will be submitted as part of their Natural Form G.C.S.E. Art Exam." The day was made possible by a £250 Community Grant from the Arts Society.
Lynne Vaughan, Young Arts