What is Young Arts all about?

1. Projects related to tertiary education. Usually grants enabling training for a young person to become a craftsman, for example as a silversmith. This is usually a financial donation by the Area.

2. Activities to encourage and educate children related to decorative and fine art. This may involve organising and funding by groups like us. There is a strong preference for this to be linked with a local school.

Did you know that part of your subscription is used for this purpose? In the past we have given tokens to a local school for Art books. We funded drawing software to use in schools by the Roald Dahl Institute and most recently made donations to the Chiltern Open Air Museum and to the Chesham Museum schools photographic competition. All members of the South Mercia Area contribute to projects related to tertiary education. These grants help to enable a young person to train as a craftsman.

Bucks New University textile students are enjoying specialist lectures from practising textile designers and the furniture students are learning about the history of furniture, all thanks to the South Mercia region of NADFAS.

We have visited Bishopsland where they learn to make the most beautiful pieces of silver.

This April a BDFAS sponsored exhibition opened at Chesham Museum. Children from local schools had been approached to take part in this unique photographic competition which revived the old idea of photographing shops with their staff standing in front of the premises. The work of the two winners, Oliver Corrigan and Alex Partington was displayed alongside the pictures from the past, which made a fascinating comparison of then and now. The winners were presented with photographic vouchers which were sponsored by BDFAS.

Pictured are the Mayor of Chesham Derek Lacey, Chris Biddle, the head of Art and Photography at Chesham Grammar School and Oliver Corrigan.

Chiltern Open Air Museum needs money for wood and tools.

Our Young Arts representative helped out with a group of teenager’s |on the Young Volunteers Woodwork Project when they cleared the forest and made hewn timber benches and tables decorated with carved leaves for other groups of children to use. We plan to continue this involvement possibly setting up a group of textile volunteers to make period costumes for the Museum to use with school parties. Other groups in the Area have come up with a range of ideas. We all want to encourage future generations to appreciate the decorative and fine arts. It might be supplying a school that caters for children with behaviour problems with clay; sponsoring an artist in residence to hold workshops in a school; supplying a prize for artistic achievement or helping to fund a museum or gallery visit.

So, what about Ballinger? Do you have any suggestions? Are you aware of any schools in the area who might like to benefit? Amongst our members we may have school governors, local councillors, teachers, youth workers, parents and grandparents who have contacts and ideas. We could create a special committee member responsible for Young Arts. We know from the Bucks Arts Weeks that there is a huge pool of talent on our doorstep. With NADFAS we invest in the future!