Young Arts


We aim to inspire young people with a lasting enthusiasm for the arts and an awareness of our arts heritage and its conservation. Our vision is equality of opportunity for all to learn through participation in the arts. 

Some of our  North Eastern Societies support Young Arts Groups or students in their Area: 

  • Artists in residence in schools 
  • Funding for gallery and museum visits 
  • Art Exhibitions 
  • Bursaries/awards for individual students 
  • Church Trails


The Arts Society Wensleydale support Wensleydale School screen printing workshop.


The activities of societies in the south of the area have been varied and innovative reflecting how some societies are reinterpreting the remit to include other age groups and strands of society under the umbrella Art in the Community. 

Support for the RBA has again been strong this year with several societies including Hambleton and Wensleydale entering work.  

Hexham have for the last four years funded visits to rural first schools in Northumberland by the Arts Educational Charity, Magic Lantern.  Unfortunately, their application for funding was refused so the project has been placed on hold.  The society will apply again for funding for next year.

North Yorkshire & South Durham have supported various activities this year including a lecture and an exhibition linked with Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Darlington and workshops at a Darlington primary school.

Anne Haworth, an Art Society lecturer and a V&A lecturer spoke to A level Art & Design and Art Foundation students about the Balenciaga exhibition at the V&A.  Students used this lecture as a starting point for a Fashion Design project.  

The society has also sponsored the exhibition Picasso at Play, an exhibition of photographs by Lee Miller taken during Picasso’s visits to Farley Farm and not exhibited in the north east before.  This exhibition at the Sixth Form College also coincides with a major exhibition of Lee Miller’s Surrealist and wartime photography currently on display at the Hepworth, Wakefield.

In association with the exhibition in October an artist will lead a series of workshops on the theme, play, dressing up and photography.

Julia Dunn, Education and Outreach Officer from the Bowes Museum, led a workshop, ‘Portraits’ at a primary school in Darlington.

It is the society’s intention to work with local primary schools in the coming year.

Hambleton have funded visits by Magic Lantern to local schools and submitted work to the RBA.

Wensleydale have submitted work to the RBA.

Tyneside with help from the Patricia Fay fund supported a project for asylum seekers and refugees at Westgate Baptist Church in Newcastle.  Following a series of workshops by Magic Lantern the group with an artist in residence created a banner which is now on display in the church.  The success of the project has led to the society funding further workshops for the group.  For 2018-2019 the society are funding an artist in residence for the West End Art Group.

The society is considering funding a young artist, possibly an entrant in the Young Artists competition held by the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle.

Christine MacKinnon

Young Arts Representative North


Report for NE Area (South)  AUTUMN 2018

  Over the past twelve months, various societies have been involved in a variety of projects across the region from tie-dying to a dynamic liquid photographic workshop involving balloons and paint.  The majority of societies have has an active input and the scope of projects shows that irrespective of the amount of monetary input, YA can make a difference and it is sometimes useful to stress the significance of the more modest contribution.

RBA involvement has been strong this year, with support from societies across the region, including Hambleton, Sheffield and Wensleydale, and we send our best wishes to the schools and candidates submitting work for the Mall Gallery in London.

In addition to supporting the arts’ candidates, there have been some interesting projects over the region:

Beverley funded an exciting interactive workshop- with a professional photographer who specialises in liquid photography – think balloons and paint!                                  

Cavendish supported GCSE Art pupils at four local schools with grants for art-based visits including Yorkshire and Manchester Sculpture parks.

Driffield Society continued to sponsor the art competition at the annual Driffield Show this summer.                                                      

 Hallamshire having completed their historic involvement with the Silver Bursary sponsorship, sponsored restoration of ‘Hampstead Backs’, sponsored a craft workshop for disabled young adults and donated money for Dance Education at High Storrs School.                                                                                      

Holderness continuing sponsorship to South Holderness College to complete a huge mural and seeking to sponsor a local art studen. 

 Hull and East Riding will be selecting and awarding prizes at the Junior Open Exhibition at the now famous (think Turner prize) Ferens Art Gallery  

Saltaire are continuing their support for the Northern Ballet Academy.

Scarborough sponsored a tie-dying project with 11-18 year olds 

Sheffield, in addition to their long sponsorship of the Silver Bursary Award, and in September, The collaboration with Museums Sheffield continued with “Treasures, Jewels, Sparkles and Precious Things”, exhibiting works from a wide range of students and a series of workshops.  I can now report that the event was a great success.

Thanks are due to all the YA representatives who continue to support and encourage art initiatives. 

Michele Lewis

NE Area Coordinator (South)




Young Arts projects continue to engage young artists across our Area. In Hull we welcome their year of City of Culture and the reopening of the renovated Ferens Art Gallery where there are strong DFAS events links. The NADFAS RBA entries have again shown great success across the NE Area with four winners. As ever continuing programmes have largely grown in their successes and some lessons have been learnt on one DFAS experience on joining a large group of local and national partners in a totally new multiday event.

Full details of all NE South YA activities are becoming available as the 2016 YA reports online format is improving but still not delivering the promised easy access to information on completed events. Completed reports have ”gone astray” and photographs submitted have not been relayed back to the NE. This issue will be shared at the YA Workshop, so that a detailed account can be fed back to NADFAS House to ensure improvements for 2017.

The Chairman’s Competition has yet to attract large numbers of NE entries, despite its wide age range. However each year both the quality of the schools’ selections for the NADFAS RBA A Level Award and the numbers of schools/colleges submitting increases. Some 80 schools selected paintings with a similar number of associated 3D and graphic design artworks from the same schools were displayed in Sheffield Town Hall, 13 and 14 January. Travel grants are provided to make it easier for the two SDFAS RBA Awards winners, with an accompanying person, to visit the RBA Preview at The Mall Gallery in March.

A case study will be drafted on the lessons to be learnt from a recent totally new multi-partner multi-day event. This may be especially useful given the outline information to date on the multi-partner 2018 events planned by NADFAS House. The YA Workshop on 20 February 2017 will include discussion of the opportunities these 2018 events offer and how these can be managed both in terms of committee resources of time and funding, whilst maintaining long standing DFAS YA partnership activities. We look forward to the Spring 2017 meeting, please note the date 20 February in New Earswick, where we can discuss these many and varied projects, share experience and learn from others. Agenda items have been requested with the latest YA New Year update email.

All NADFAS members are invited to the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield for the 12 month exhibition of the Joint NADFAS Silverware Bursary commissions. This is now in progress and has been very well received. The Bowes has an excellent silver collection and so it is with great pleasure that we have recently learnt that they plan to display Joint NADFAS Silverware Bursary donations of the, by then,19 pouring and drinking vessels commissioned This display will open mid October 2017 and run to the end of January 2018.This will form part of their 125th Anniversary since their foundation and will extend into the beginning of the NADFAS Golden Year 50th events series.

Finally it is important to acknowledge the active role of our Young Arts Society representatives and thank them for all their involvement and commitment, without which Young Art and Artists in the NE would have fewer opportunities. Jo Martin, NADFAS House is to be thanked for guiding us and for her patience over the YA Reports issues.

Jenny Cotton

 NADFAS North East Area Young Arts (South)





As reported in August, 2016 the Young Arts projects are varied. Four societies have long term on-going projects despite two societies not having Young Arts representatives.

Several societies have applied for and been successful in obtaining grants from the Patricia Faye Memorial Fund for Magic Lantern sessions. Pippa Bell from Magic Lantern continues to inspire pupils of all ages. Projects this year have included pupils from secondary schools.

It is encouraging to see that 13 works of art from 6 schools in the North were submitted for the RBA exhibition at the Mall Galleries. Two pieces have been successful and the artists to be congratulated are:

Annabel Ridings from Northallerton School & Sixth Form College for her work in pencil “Untitled” and Emma Beaumont from Ripon Grammar School for her mixed media work “Gare du Nord”.

Pink Forms and reporting Young Arts projects on the website have challenging teething problems. I commend all the Young Arts representatives who have managed to get to grips with the new system.

The Big Draw events were also fun and successful.

Societies continue to send articles to the NADFAS Review and it is good to see articles from the North in print.

Thank you to the new and experienced Young Arts representatives for their innovative ideas and passion for Young Arts.

Carole le Duc Bennett

NADFAS North East Area Young Arts (North)



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