• Young Arts – Making a Difference
  • Young Arts – January 2020 – Barcelona
  • Young Arts – October 2019 – Women Artists
  • Young Arts – July 2019 – Legally Blonde
  • Young Arts – December 2018 – Animation Workshops
  • Young Arts – January 2018 – Women Artists

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Young Arts – Making a Difference

Young Arts Representatives (YARs) seek to give grants and support to arts projects for children and young people in the Devizes area. In a time of cuts and changes to the national curriculum, this has never been more important. We aim to give more children and young people access to the arts. This financial support can make the difference to individuals and groups by enabling participation in a project that would otherwise be unachieveable.

Working with schools, colleges, museums and youth groups in Devizes and the local community, Young Arts volunteers support a wide range of projects. They are passionate about the benefits that creativity and arts education can bring to children in early life and adolescence. Projects cover a broad range of subjects: Visual Arts (for example,Painting, Drawing, Digital Art and Photography, 2D and 3D Printing and Sculpture, Textiles, Illustration),and the Performing Arts (for example, Music, Drama and Dance).

If you have any ideas for a project that might "make a difference" through support from Young Arts Devizes, please contact the Young Arts Representative by email: TheArtsSocietyDevizes@gmailcom

Young Arts – January 2020 – Barcelona

The mission of The Arts Society is to enrich lives through the Arts and their initiative known as Arts Volunteering seeks to do this with young people inside and outside schools.

Recently the Arts Volunteering Representative for the Devizes Group, Angela Purdon, together with the Arts Volunteering Representative for the North Wiltshire Group, Karen Hellewell, were pleased to meet with Miss M Lang Leader of Art, Director of Learning for Expressive Arts at the John Of Gaunt School In Trowbridge. They presented Miss Lang with cheques for £250 and £300 respectively to support the annual residential trip for Key Stage 5 students.

In January 2020 the destination was Barcelona and the students visited: The Picasso Museum, La Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Casa Mila/La Pedrera, the modern art gallery (MEAM), the National Museum of Catalan art, and many of the cultural sites of the city such as Las Ramblas and the Gothic quarter.

Miss Lang said:

“We were so pleased to receive financial support from the Devizes and North Wiltshire groups of the Arts Society which enabled all the students to have travel cards for the duration of the trip which will really helped to speed up travel, keep costs down and enabled us to see more of the city and made it easier to get around to see the wonderful galleries and sites as well as taking part in a ceramic painting workshop on the last day in a typical Spanish village. For some it was their first time abroad and the generosity of the Arts Society groups in supporting this trip eased the pressure on parents and was a massive benefit to us as a department.”

Young Arts – October 2019 – Women Artists

By popular request Lynne Gibson repeated her lecture entitled WOMEN ARTISTS: Modern Mistresses at Trowbridge College on 17th October 2019.

Lynne Gibson
Women Artists: Modern Mistresses

Staff reported that Lynne Gibson's lecture was knowledgeable and thoughtful. It was attended by over 100 students from Foundation Art & Design, Level 3 and Level 2 Art and Design. 

The students have been discussing the questions raised by the lecture during their studio sessions, clearly informed by its content. 

  • '…really interesting, everyone should know this history.' - Katie
  • 'Inspirational subject matter, made me think about stereotypes in art.' - Alice
  • 'Informed me….now aware of the position of women in Art History.' - Luan
  • 'Facts made it easy to understand the scale of imbalance in art.’ - Charles

The Director of Studies said :"Please pass on thanks to the Arts Society Devizes (Young Arts) for their financial support and enabling this lecture to take place”.

Young Arts – July 2019 – Legally Blonde

The Arts Society Devizes (Young Arts) provided a grant of £300 towards a recent youth production of the musical “Legally Blonde” at The Wharf Theatre, Devizes.

This contribution made all the difference to the production costs of this excellent and hugely enjoyable production by the cast of twenty talented, energetic youngsters, all from the Devizes area.

Legally Blonde

Acknowledgement and thanks for this support was included in the Theatre programme.

Young Arts – December 2018 – Animation Workshops

Two Animation Workshops and an Introduction to Film making were generously funded by The Arts Society Devizes (Young Art) for Young Carers in Wiltshire on 1 December 2018.

The workshops involved 20 Young Carers (aged 7 to 18) from across Wiltshire and took place in West Lavington Village Hall.

One of the videos created at the workshop

Using an App on their mobile phone they designed and created hand drawn animations, instructed by professional Animators. Imagination and creativity amongst the groups led to excellent and impressive films made by the groups. At least 2 of the participants have set their sights on becoming Film Directors and everyone who took part said how much they had enjoyed the experience and watching the live footage of their art work.

Setting up the Animation

Feedback from students:
What did you like about the Workshop ?

  • It was really fun to do and I liked drawing the pictures.
  • I liked that I could do a lot of things I love doing by drawing models and creating the animation.
  • Creating the animals for the animation filming.

What did you learn ?

  • How to use the animation app to create an animation.
  • How to animate with plasticine and turn that into a moving scene!
  • I learnt how to animate with pictures.
  • I learnt how many frames it takes for a short animation!

Young Arts – January 2018 – Women Artists

On 25th January 2018 Lynne Gibson, BEd, MA gave a lecture entitled WOMEN ARTISTS: Modern Mistresses at Trowbridge College. Lynne’s lecture was particularly interesting, given its exciting title and relevance this year, being the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, Women’s Vote and the ongoing struggle for Gender Equality, not just in the Art World.

Lynne Gibson - Golden Jubilee Lecturer

The majority of students currently studying Art and Design at Trowbridge College are female so it was of particular interest to them, as well as other students from schools and colleges in Wiltshire, who were invited to attend the lecture. This introduced them to the Arts Society’s Lecture programme and raised awareness of opportunities we offer through sponsorship and help with Educational arts projects including Visual Arts, Drama and Music for Young People in this area.

Students attending the Golden Jubilee Lecture

This lecture marked 50 years of The Arts Society (our GOLDEN JUBILEE). The lecture was funded jointly by The Arts Society Wessex and The Arts Society Devizes together with a contribution from the Patricia Fay Memorial Fund. This introduced older students in the Wessex Area to The Arts Society’s varied and enriching Lecture programme and as many as 150 people were able to attend.

Feedback from Foundation Art and Design students at Trowbridge College, who attended the lecture:

  • Eye opening, where women artists began to be seen and their struggles..’ — Lily
  • A really good speaker, the historical background shocked and hooked your interest’ — Isabel
  • Really good to have a specialist lecture from outside of College’ — Harry
  • ...hadn't really noticed properly the focus of Art in Galleries and the dominance historically of male artists’ — Erin

Thanks were given to The Arts Society Devizes and The Arts Society Wessex for jointly funding this lecture, together with a contribution from the Patricia Fay Memorial Fund.