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Our society endorses the Arts Society ethos to provide children and young people with exciting opportunities to get involved in creative arts activities. Our work with young people builds a lasting enthusiasm for the arts and an awareness of arts heritage and its conservation.

Aylesbury Prison

Unfortunately, we were unable carry-out our planned art project for Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution, due the increasing pressures on prison staff.  However, more positive news is that regular art classes are now back on the curriculum in the prison college.  We are therefore helping prisoners by providing, sketch books, pencils, art books and posters to supplement resources for these classes. One of our members has also very generously donated a selection of artists’ paints.  All of these items have been gratefully received and will be used help to develop artistic talent and inspire creativity amongst young offenders at the institution.

Chilternwood School Carnival 

In 2016, two schools in High Wycombe for children with special needs amalgamated to become Chilternwood School. To celebrate its first year, the School held a carnival on May 19th with the theme Under the Sea.  During the preceding week, Young Arts volunteers from our Society happily helped the children create hats, masks, sea creatures and a decorative banner to commemorate the event.   Both volunteers and children had great fun and it turned out to be a truly glittering occasion with sparkles everywhere!  The carnival ended with a very enthusiastic singing and dance display by all the children wearing their creations with pride. 

My Golden Moment  Competition,
To celebrate The Arts Society Golden Jubilee this year, Chiltern Hills & Wyvern Area launched its' My Golden Moment  Competition,  inviting  schoolchildren throughout the area to interpret the title in any art form using any medium.  Two schools from the West Wycombe area participated and we are very pleased to announce that they were extremely successful in fielding several prizewinning entries. 

Annabel Reed, from Naphill and Walters Ash School, won first prize in the 5-10 year old category with her impressive Piano Performance painting. Another pupil from the school, Thomas Waterton, received a commendation for his entry, The Goal.  Princes Risbsorugh School students, also fared very well. Will Chapman’s exquisitely painted Golden Eagle won first prize and Joy Hatfield’s characterful Golden Girl won second prize in the 11-16 age group.  Heather Piare was also highly commended for her portrait of John Nash in the 17 - 25 age group.

An exhibition of all the entries in the My Golden Moment Competition is at the Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury  from 17th March to 14th April 2018.