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.

In 2017-2018 we decided to support Petts Wood Library to inspire young people to read and discover new worlds and create art from these. We received a grant of £300 from the Greater London Area of The Arts Society towards this project. We did this in two stages.  Firstly, an illustrator assisted seven to nine year olds to renew the mural in the children’s section of the Library to encourage their reading and creative skills. Secondly, there was a community 'get-together' with the young people and carers to read a book and create artwork from the ideas.  We supplied all the arts and crafts needed.

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 project.


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 technoiques. 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 have already been told to expect another grant of £300 from the Greater London Area of The Arts Society towards this further project.


We are looking for a different project for 2019-20.