Young Arts.  As a society we are always keen to support projects which encourage young people to develop skills and an awareness of the decorative arts. Funding for arts projects is increasingly difficult to come by and support from The Arts Society can make a huge difference and provide opportunities that would otherwise be not available to many young people. 
In recent years The Arts Society Shrewbury has been involved with a variety of initiatives in Shropshire: we have assisted Derwen College to stage art exhibitions and helped to fund their equipment for printing T-shirts.  We have also sponsored the Shropshire Youth Theatre to help with costume design and creation for two stage productions at Theatre Severn and continue our very successful collaboration with the biennial Children’s Bookfests in Shrewsbury.  Another project was to co-sponsor the Kaleidoscope Theatre's impressive production On Thistledown Wings at Sunnycroft, Wellington.

Funding for our Young Arts projects has been made possible through a series of special events and through our book raffle held at our monthly lecture meetings. 
Jerry Wallace is the Young Arts Representative for The Arts Society Shrewsbury.

What happened in 2016 ...

We once again sponsored children taking part in the Shrewsbury BookFest. The children, aged between 9 and 11, were invited to illustrate a scene of their choice from one of the six short-listed books. This year, some 1,088 children from 28 schools took part in the BookFest.

 Feedback from teachers who took part in Book Award 2014 was very positive about the value of this art competition, but it also showed that not all schools had art experienced teachers, and that teachers would appreciate an opportunity to develop their own understanding of how to teach art more effectively in the classroom. To address this need, The Arts Society Shrewsbury sponsored two workshops, attended by 21 teachers from 16 schools, led by Karen Howell, a very experienced Art and Design teacher.  All felt that it was a very valuable exercise that would equip them to to guide their pupils in artwork in general, and the forthcoming competition in particular.

 Finally, a big thank you to Shrewsbury Museum which has provided venues free of  charge for the Workshops, Art Competition judging, and public display of the short-listed entries. This has enabled The Arts Society Shrewsbury sponsorship to go a lot further.