The Arts Society believes that everyone should have the opportunity to learn through the arts, and members make particular efforts to engage with children and young people from a wide range of faiths and backgrounds. There are various ways of arranging our Young Arts activities. The members of a local society may organise an arts event for a youth group or they may organise a Young Arts Group as a junior society working to encourage knowledge of the arts.

As project, a society might:-

Provide artists-in-residence in a school,

Fund visits to galleries and museums,

Arrange art exhibitions and competitions,

Purchase special equipment and art books, and

Fund bursaries/awards for individual students.

The Arts Society makes available grants for Young Arts projects.

After having supported Petts Wood Library with arts and crafts materials during the previous year on a project to inspire young people to read and discover new worlds and create art from these, in 2018-19, led by our Young Arts co-ordinator Sally Larner, we supported a local group enabling young people to produce a multi-media performance on 'Flight' starting from Leonardo Da Vinci's work and including the bumble bee. The young people wrote and spoke to the script, chose and performed incidental music, and printed backcloths using screen printing techniques. We financed the materials used for this project. After the presentation at their school, several of the contributors came to our meeting and explained the way they worked on the project. We understand that the school was graded as above average by the Ofsted team who also witnessed a rehearsal - well deserved praise. The photograph below shows the first piece of the mural with some of the young artists and with The Mayor of Bromley and the artist who led the 2017-18 project.

Sally, who is also chair of our Society, will be giving a presentation to a training session on Young Arts at the London HQ of The Arts Society

We are already preparing for a different project for our 2019-20 season.