Young Arts aims to inspire young people with a lasting enthusiasm for the Arts, and the Wantage Society provides a grant each year towards an appropriate project.  Nationally in 2013 The Arts Society/NADFAS societies gave £162,153 to various arts projects across the country, involving over 20,600 children and young people.

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2015 – King Alfreds Academy

A day’s drawing workshop was sponsored for A Level students and A* predicted Year 11 students at KA Academy by Ian Murphy who became their Artist in Residence. (Ian is a professional artist from Wigan who has tutored in several countries including China.) Drawing is the crux of all of the school’s endorsements (Graphics, Textiles and Fine Art) so the day will have benefited a wide range of students.

2014 – Fitzwaryn School

The grant sponsored Sue Drew, from Sunningwell School of Art, to lead a group of pupils at Fitzwaryn School in creating a large ceramic plaque from raw clay. This has now been mounted on the outside wall of their new school building.

2014 St Peter and St Paul, Wantage – Church Trail

A group of children from Grove Primary C of E school were sponsored to use a NADFAS Church Trail around St Peter and St Paul’s church Wantage.
Such a Church Trail is a questionnaire designed for children aged 8 -12 but is really for people of all ages!
The Trail guides the participant round a church looking at the architecture, history and the furnishings.
A corresponding answer sheet is provided for accompanying adults.
The aim was to encourage both children and adults to explore and learn about the oldest building in Wantage where not only are Mr Grove, who gave his name to the local village, but also the father-in-law of Dick Whittington buried!

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