On 27 September 2018 representatives from Kent Societies attended a meeting at Sevenoaks Library. National Head of Young Arts, Denise Topolski attended. For a report on proceedings by our Area Young Arts Co-Ordinator, Christine Hughes, please click here

What the area is doing for Young Arts?

Christine Hughes  has taken over as the Young Arts Representative on the Area Team.   She can be contacted by email at christine_varykino@hotmail.co.uk

Young Arts report September 2017 (click here)

The Arts Society, Gravesend, have supported a Community Project focussing on using Art to involve the community. To read the full report click here

Tonbridge and Medway

What is Young Arts?

One of the NADFAS objectives is to inspire young people with an enthusiasm for the arts and increase awareness of our arts heritage and its conservation.

NADFAS actively encourages individual Societies to promote high quality arts activities for young people. Societies work in two ways, Young Arts Groups and Young Arts Projects. Some Societies offer one or the other, some offer both.

Young Arts Groups

Groups are affiliated to member societies, are open to ages 8 – 18 and run a programme of arts events throughout the year. These events include hands-on workshops, visits to artists’ studios, galleries, museums and theatres. We organise National events in addition to an annual competition encouraging the acquisition of particular skills. Expert tuition is key to developing and enthusing the young.

Young Arts Projects

These vary according to local circumstances and follow no set format. A Society may sponsor a particular project, or organise the complete event.  Many projects involve partnerships with local or national bodies. The projects include:-

Artists in residence in schools, funding for visits to galleries and museums, art exhibitions for young artists, special equipment purchase.

We also provide grants and scholarships for study courses.

Examples of Young Arts Activities

A few examples of Young Arts activities include;

– Papier Mache furniture making in a primary school
– Two bursaries to study the works of Canaletto in Venice
– Pigment making at the Courtauld Institute
– Art event at a National Trust property
– Sculpture Park activity day
– Rennie Mackintosh Extravaganza in Glasgow
– Stained Glass making workshop
– Murals for a young club
– Dynamic dinosaur art day
– Arts week at a special needs school
– Transport for a school visit to Tate Modern

Remembrance day craft work in Medway school.

A number of Kent Area Societies have successful Young Arts Groups, with busy programmes throughout the year.

Young Arts Projects cover a wide range of activities involving young people from primary schools to university.   Fine arts, mosaics, music, poetry, textiles – to find out more, click on the Societies with Young Arts.