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2017 Young Arts Information Day , March 2017

At the recent 2017 Young Arts Information Day we were joined by YARs and Society Chairmen from the Wessex Area and guests from the Hants and Isle of Wight Area and from West Mercia.

Our speakers were :

  • Iain Green, a Wildlife Photographer who works with schools across the UK, encouraging children and young people to engage with the natural world that is to be found on their doorstep.
  • Noreen Meehan from Guilford Street who talked us through the grant application process.
  • Our Area Chairman, Maggie Watts, introduced the Area’s Golden Jubilee project ‘Golden Lectures‘ whereby each Wessex society is to be encouraged and helped to bring a NADFAS lecturer into a local secondary school or FE College to deliver a talk on a subject that is relevant to the students’ A level studies.(see paragraph below for more details )
  • Liz Pocock explained how Young Arts is to be incorporated into the 2018 Wessex Arts Fest.

There were plenty of opportunities to share experiences and ideas. As always, the day proved to be both enjoyable and stimulating. It was encouraging to hear about the many ways in which children and young people are being supported by NADFAS’s sponsorship of high quality art projects in schools and in the wider community.

2018 Golden ArtsFest

See poster »

Organisers wish to exhibit the talents of our Young Arts - see note to YA Reps »

2018 Golden Lectures

Details of the 2018 Golden Lectures »

Sample letter to Headteachers »

Download a grant application form in Word format »

The 6th Form students who attended the NADFAS lecture wrote their thanks as follows »

The Chairman’s Competition 2017

The 2017 results of the national Young Arts competition will be announced in April . The Competition is open to any NADFAS Young Arts Group members or school pupils from 8 years up to GCSE level.

The theme for 2018 will be announced in April. Entries must be submitted digitally.

Age groups: 8-10 years, 11-13 years, 14-16 years. A prize (eg book token or vouchers) will be awarded to the winner in each of these categories.

Diary Dates

See Diary page

Young Arts Society Representative and Area Representative Information and Support Day 2017

Thursday 8th June 2017 10.45am-3.00pm at 8 Guilford St , London WC1N 1DA.

Patricia Faye Fund Applications

The deadlines for 2017 are 31st March ,9th June ,29th Sept. Any society thinking of applying for a grant needs to be putting plans into place over the next couple of months so as to meet the deadline. Please contact if information is required. More information can be found on

Roche Court visit

On Monday 24th April eleven NADFAS members from around the Area visited the New Arts Centre at Roche Court. We were warmly welcomed by Emma and Beth who work for the Roche Court Educational Trust. After a picnic lunch we enjoyed a very relaxed and informative tour around the site, looking at the many pieces of contemporary sculpture which are located around the grounds and adjoining parkland. We hope to maintain our link with the RCET by supporting the excellent programme of events and opportunities which they provide for schools and teachers.


See the latest Young Arts Newsletter: Apr 2017 »

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Most Wessex societies sponsor a Young Arts Project within their local community. Each society has a Young Arts Representative who makes links with local schools and community groups. Funding is provided to help facilitate a wide range of initiatives e.g. artists working in schools, exhibitions of young peoples' work, prizes for outstanding achievement and visits to galleries and museums. The amount that societies are able to give as sponsorship varies. Some societies are able to provide significant amounts of funding whilst others can only offer to make a contribution towards expenses.

Royal Society for British Artsists

NADFAS, in conjunction with the RBA, is again offering A-level students the opportunity to exhibit at the 2018 spring exhibition at The Mall Galleries in London. The shortlisted students will have the title 'RBA Scholar' during the show and receive an invitation to the private view. One student will be awarded the John Ingram Memorial Prize.

Our congratulations go to Charlie Pike from the Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester whose 'Selfportrait' was shown at the 2017 RBA Exhibition in March at the Mall Galleries, London. See News


Over many years Wessex Area Committee has helped apprentices buy equipment needed for their respective courses.


articulation logoARTiculation is a national public speaking competition run by the Roche Court Educational Trust which seeks to engage students, regardless of background and experience, with art to develop their confidence and ability to express their opinions, thoughts and ideas.

Students aged between 16 and 19 are invited to deliver a 10 minute presentation on a work of art, artefact or architecture of their choice. Museums and galleries host regional heats which are adjudicated by eminent academics, critics, artists and gallery directors. The Finals and Symposium take place in March at Clare College, University of Cambridge and in 2016 were adjudicated by Hannah Rothschild, writer, filmmaker and Chair of The Trustees of The National Gallery. All schools are invited to attend the ARTiculation Symposium and Final regardless of candidates’ selection. This day is designed to engage students in looking at and talking about art and architecture, as well as offering an insight into university life.

ARTiculation is supported by an extensive programme of outreach workshops for state maintained schools and youth groups to work with students who have little or no previous experience of public speaking and/or critical studies. Workshops have been designed to give young people a forum in which to express the arguments and understandings they reach through personal discovery, research, and observation.

For more information on the Prize, outreach workshops and to find out how to take part, please visit our website Also see News item below.

Alternatively contact Josepha Sanna, or 01980 862802