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

At The Arts Society Abingdon we have a strong commitment to Young Arts and have supported several projects. In recent years, the major project we have supported is The Art Room an Oxford based charity set up in 2002 to offer art as therapy to children and young people who experience difficulty in mainstream education. It offers them a chance to spend special time away from their classroom, to feel safe and valued in a caring environment where the power of art allows them to engage positively and build self-esteem. There are now several Art Rooms in Oxfordshire, including the central hub at Oxford Spires Academy, Oxford and a more recent one at Stephen Freeman School, Didcot which help children referred from around 15 primary schools and four secondary schools in the county. The charity also has a presence in London, again working with children referred from several schools.

The Arts Society Abingdon members are collecting materials including Stamps, Bottle Tops, Old Foreign Coins, Picture Frames, Broken Jewellery, Beads, Buttons, Sequins, Ribbons and Picture Books. Donations can be left in the collecting box at meetings.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who has a degree in Art History, chose The Art Room as one of the first charities to receive her royal patronage, reflecting the importance of art therapy to troubled children. Her visit to the Oxford Art Room in April 2012 was much appreciated by the children and staff alike.

In July, the collected art materials were taken to the Art Room headquarters in Oxford where they were gratefully received. They were then taken, the next day, to be used by the Grenfell Tower children as part of their free Art therapy during the summer holidays.

On Wednesday 19 October 2016 we welcomed Margaret Herbertson and Judith Mail to our monthly meeting to award them a cheque for £100 for Art and Craft materials for the splendid work as volunteers that they do at Abingdon Museum with children. Photo on right.

Other projects supported by Young Arts have included:

  • Abingdon Museum for Art and Craft materials for children's activities.
  • Carswell School, Abingdon's Art Gallery, enabling students’ artwork to be displayed to its full advantage. They have also refurbished a classroom as a dedicated room for all types of art and craft work.
  • A visit by Quantum Theatre to Long Furlong Primary School Abingdon this has acted  as a stimulus to initiate a cross curricular project involving literacy, art and design technology.
  • The Net, a young people's centre in Abingdon, was awarded a grant to purchase paint and other arts materials for the creation of four large external murals.

For further information contact the Young Arts Representative via