Young Arts

North Bucks DFAS supports Art Work in the Children’s Ward of Milton Keynes Hospital

North Bucks DFAS Young Arts is sponsoring local artist, Sarah Wright, to spend three days working with patients in the children’s ward of Milton Keynes Hospital.  The aim of the project is to provide sick children with encouragement to draw and a means of expressing themselves and their emotions through the medium of art.  Through the creation of their own sketchbooks, Sarah will begin by introducing the children to some simple exercises in drawing designed to help them find their own creative pathway.  This will be followed by the creation of a puzzle based on their own hand, finishing with a portrait of themselves or a person who is important to them through the recovery process.  The finished works are to be collated and used as part of The Big Draw Festival where the theme for this year is Every Drawing Tells a Story.

In order to support this work, on Wednesday 4 November the North Bucks Young Arts Co-ordinator, Margaret Hart, presented the hospital with an Art Trolley and a large selection of art materials on behalf of the society.

Young Arts Project

From left to right: Margaret Hart (Young Arts Coordinator, North Bucks DFAS) Sarah Wright (Artist), Charlie Kirkham (Arts for Health, Milton Keynes) and Laura Clarke (Hospital Play Worker)

The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) works to advance decorative and fine arts education and appreciation through a network of local Societies and national events. The local societies hold monthly lectures given by some of the country’s top experts, together with days of special interest, educational visits and cultural holidays.

Society Members and Affiliate Members also become involved promoting involvement in, and appreciation of, art for children and young people through a scheme known as Young Arts. They are also able to take part in conservation volunteering projects in churches, museums, castles and stately homes. There are over 375 Societies throughout the UK and mainland Europe, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

Press release, November 2015

Support for other Young Arts projects in North Bucks

The society wishes to support young artists and the South Mercia NADFAS region supports a postgraduate training workshop for high flying young silversmiths and jewellers at Bishopsland Educational Trust near Sonning Common.  If you have any unwanted silver, spoons or larger items, please let us have them to aid these young craftspeople.  They have to buy all their own tools and materials, which at today's high prices is very difficult for students.

Established societies do their best to help young people, and members often volunteer to support groups according to their own talents. We welcome any suggestions from our members along these lines.  Please email Margaret Hart or phone her on 01908 233125.