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Young Arts Competition 2017

On 21st May Malmesbury’s Athelstan Museum and The Arts Society Malmesbury (Malmesbury DFAS) collaborated in an event to celebrate the life of Malmesbury’s MP and hot-air balloonist, Walter Powell (1842-1881). A highlight of this event was an attempt by renowned explorer David Hempleman-Adams and local MP, James Gray, to replicate Walter Powell’s departure from Malmesbury town centre in a balloon. 

For further details click here.

Ceramic Enrichment Course 2016

24 ‘A’ level art students from three local secondary schools – Malmesbury, Corsham and Hardenhuish, Chippenham – worked with ceramicist Sarah Purvey over a five week period starting in mid June.

The aim of the project was for the students to produce ceramics inspired by natural forms, and it gave them an opportunity to work with clay and 3D-form as well as enhancing their drawing skills.

They spent two days sketching at the Bath Spa campus at Corsham Court, which included a session working on life-drawing skills and time spent in the grounds of Corsham Court seeking inspiration and drawing.

They then spent the remainder of their time with Sarah at The Pound Art Centre, working on their ceramic projects. Each student produced a workbook and a ceramic object which Sarah fired.

An exhibition of the ceramic works of art made by the students was held in October at The Pound Art Centre.

The project was made possible owing to contributions from Malmesbury DFAS, Kington Langley DFAS and the Wessex Area branch of NADFAS.

To see some of the work created by the students, click here.

Crudwell Village School - Summer 2015

Three years after our Inaugural meeting we had money available to fund a Young Arts Project, and the local Crudwell Village School was delighted at the prospect of working with us. The school was in the early stages of planning a 'Peace Garden', and a piece of art to stand permanently in the outdoor space would be perfect. 

After much research and some changes of mind it was decided to create a 'Tree of Values' with artist Neil Wood and children from every age group in the school.  The project from planning to completion was spread over two years and we were delighted to be able to offer £800 in total for the sculpture to be completed, and it was put in place in July 2015.

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Volunteering with The Arts Society nationwide gives Members an opportunity to learn new skills, make friends with similar interests and feel the satisfaction of supporting the arts within their local community. Society Members and Affiliate Members have a wide range of opportunities to become involved in preservation and conservation, and to share their passion for art with others.

For further information about how to become involved in one of our Young Arts projects please contact us.