Young Arts

Over recent years The Arts Society Colchester has supported various projects in and around Colchester. These have ranged from working with the Ipswich and Colchester Museum service to funding artists to go into schools to run workshops for children from their first years of schooling to their final year of Secondary schooling. In 2017 we provided a grant to the Art Department of Colchester Sixth Form College to buy books for their library, and also gave an award to the most promising student studying art at Colchester Institute. We also donated a sum of money to St Helena Hospice to fund equipment for art therapy for bereaved children.

Last year we funded a trip to Kew Gardens for Year 10 students studying photography at St helena Colchester, and in 2015 we funded an artist, Kate Reynolds, who is an experienced ceramicist to run two workshops for their year 10 students who were interested in furthering their skills in the art of glazing techniques. At Holy Trinity School, Eight Ash Green, in both 2016 and 2015 the school bought art materials and chose to have a one day workshop with artist Karenza Jackson who specialises in printmaking. For the past two years Amanda McLauchlan, anArt Therapist, has worked with young adults to facilitate communication of children’s thoughts and feelings through art. She also works at the St Helena Hospice.

Previously we have supported Broomgrove Infant School Wivenhoe by using the artist Lisa-Temple-Cox to support projects linked in to the School’s curriculum. Lisa also worked in Colchester Castle Museum, funded by our Society, over two days during the Chinese exhibition. This was open to local children visiting the museum to spend some time decorating paper plates in the style of a Chinese plate.

We have given St Helena Hospice Colchester money to buy art materials over many years to benefit the children and young adults who are coping with bereavement.

The support that our Society gives in the furtherance of art appreciation and skills is always most welcome by those that we support. If you know of any other group of young people who would benefit from our sponsorship please speak to any member of the committee.

Becoming a volunteer

If you would like to be involved in Young Arts activities, please get in touch using the Contact Us page. The success of The Arts Society Colchester depends on its members.