The Arts Society Young Arts Programme provides exciting opportunities for children and young people to expand their horizons through their involvement in creative arts activities. 

We aim to inspire young people with a lasting enthusiasm for the arts and an awareness of our arts heritage and its conservation.


2019 Music Sponsorship

This year we sponsored jointly with the two other Chichester Societies the Chichester Music Centre’s summer concerts. On July 6th at St Paul’s Chichester 138 students aged from 5 – 19 years took part in string orchestra, concert band, choir and rock and pop band performances. Our sponsorship permitted a larger venue for them. It was a very successful concert, drawing a lot of appreciative comments, and it was a joy to witness young musicians performing so well together, celebrating their year’s learning and hours of practice in this special end of term concert.

Singleton Primary School Art Sponsorship 

We continue to sponsor this delightful small school nestled in the Lavant Valley.  In 2019 we sponsored the children’s creation of a large panel by the school entrance.

Each pupil made a hand print and these were scanned, laminated and assembled to create one large flower image on a panel now mounted outside next to the school entrance. The text reads “We are each unique and beautiful, but together we are a masterpiece”. We hope that the plaque will be formally unveiled – and our sponsorship acknowledged – next term


2017/ 2018 project in partnership with the CASS Sculpture Foundation 

Together with our two sister societies in Chichester, we are running a two year Young Arts pilot project in partnership with the CASS Sculpture Foundation.

With our sponsorship, up to 200 students from local schools and colleges can visit the sculpture park and take a guided tour of the incredible CASS archive. The archive shows the development of contemporary sculpture at CASS over the past three decades and houses over 600 maquettes and illustrations by artists including Antony Caro, Tony Cragg and Thomas Heatherwick. 

The opportunity has been invaluable for 22 Chichester College BTEC Art and Design students for their course units on Public Art and Sculpture. They visited CASS in December 2016 and their course lecturer wrote to tell us about their experience. 

".....To be able to visit the Cass archives and see the commissioning process in a real setting is very valuable. To be able to see the artist’s drawings, maquettes and impressions and to talk with the curators is priceless! Such a real and valid learning experience for my class and a trip they will always remember. I know the work at Cass really inspired them. It is very inspirational for the students to see the huge variety of work and in so many different materials, techniques and processes. I also think the archive of drawings is incredibly inspirational and it is important for the students to see the diverse range of approaches to visual recording.
I was so happy that NAFDAS could sponsor our visit – without their financial assistance we would not have  been able to go."

Maria Smith, Lecturer

By the end of the Spring Term 2018  total of 148 pupils and students had visited the archives since the project started. Feedback continues to reflect the value of giving pupils and students access to the archives. 

Click on this link see the latest 'end of term' report for this project.



Singleton CE Primary entered the 2016 nationwide 'NADFAS edibles' Young Arts competition. Click here to view their entries. We were delighted to learn that they achieved extraordinary success. Anna Douglas's 'Chocodile' was the winner in the 8-10 age range. 

In addition the artwork from 10 year old Amy McLean and 11 year old Ethan Conway was Highly Commended

Lavant Valley Chairman, Claire Power is pictured above presenting Anna with her prize and winner's certificate at a special assembly at Singleton School. Amy and Ethan were also presented with their 'Highly Commended' certificates. (The School Prayer can be seen on the left of the photograph)  

(see GALLERY for photographs of prize giving).

click here to see all the national competition winners 


Sponsorship of West Dean Student

The Arts Society Lavant Valley, in conjunction with other societies in the Sussex Area, has a partnership with West Dean College whereby we offer a grant to support the studies of an outstanding student, to train as a conservator in one of the many crafts afforded by this college of international renown. Increasingly there is a shortage of skilled conservators in the heritage sector, and most are now required to have a specialist postgraduate qualification before finding employment. Scholarship and bursary support is vital for students who demonstrate skill and passion but would otherwise be unable to fund the cost of these essential studies.

This year Samuel Mathews has used this sponsorship to begin his training as a furniture maker and restorer, making full use of the world-class facilities and teaching at West Dean. In his own words “thanks for investing in my future ... allowing me to gain the knowledge to achieve my aims and dreams”.