Young Arts at The Arts Society West Sussex

Through Young Arts we aim to inspire young people with a lasting enthusiasm for the arts and an awareness of our heritage and its conservation. The vision of Young Arts is equality of opportunity for all to learn through participation. We hope to provide exciting opportunities for children and young people to expand their horizons through their involvement in the creative arts projects we are able to provide.

At The Arts Society West Sussex we have an on going Young Arts programme, and endeavour to provide for a broad age range and demography of young people. We would welcome volunteers to work with us, either on our Young Arts Team, or helping at an event. The Young Arts Team includes Beth Dugan, Christine Parker, Ann Gilliam, Susie Coleman and  Susi Beale. Please contact or speak to any member of the team if you would like to know more or if you'd like to help anyway with any project.

You would always be most welcome! 

Young Arts Projects 2017

27 - 28 April
Two Day Residency with artist Ellie Bond at Wisborough Green School involving all pupils in creating a 3D mural for a wall by the assembly hall. A report and pictures of the event may be seen by clicking here. 

12 - 15 July
Popup Exhibition as part of Petworth Festival inviting local primary, preparatory and secondary schools to exhibit their work.

April / May
Competition for Primary Schools to submit images for poster to advertise children's Theatre production.

23 July
Sponsorship of Children's Theatre Performance, The Emperor's New Clothes, in Petworth Festival.

31 October  - 4 November  
Six Poetry Workshops for primary schools and a public sharing of work in Leconfield Hall as part of Petworth Literary Festival.

West Dean



Sussex Area for The Arts Society make a bursary available to a student studying as a conservator every year. All Societies are invited to make a contribution, West Sussex donates to this very valuable grant enabling a student to pursue their studies to an exceptional standard.

West Dean College is an outstanding educational establishment in West Sussex, affording artists and craftsmen across the globe a remarkable training.

This year's recipient is Amy Crampton who is studying bookbinding and library related materials. Click here to read about Amy.

Last year we supported Harriet Sylvester a student studying the conservation of ceramics. Click here to read about Harriet's work.

Previous recipients include Kate Aughey a furniture restorer and Cecelia Dominenco, a bookbinder. 

Without the support of TASWS these talented young students would not have been able to continue their studies and perfect their craft enabling them to follow a career which will preserve our heritage.

RBA Exhibitions

The NADFAS RBA Scholars are twenty-two aspiring young artists discovered and proposed by NADFAS societies and then selected by the RBA from 284 entries submitted for consideration. This year one of WSDFAS submissions, 'Seated Figure' in mixed media by Jacqualine Zhang from Farlington School, was selected and will be exhibited at two prestigious exhibitions in London. This work together with work previously selected from WSDFAS submissions can be seen in the slide show.

To view all 22 works selected by the RBA click here.
For information about the 2017 RBA Exhibitions including these works  click here.