Category Archives: Previous Young Arts

Young 2016 – One World Link

One World Link ‘Day of the African Child’

Our society supported this project which involved more than 500 primary aged children from Leamington Spa meeting together to link by Skype with the school in Bo, Sierra Leone. The funding provided art materials for work inspired by a Sierra Leonean artist. The children also learned about the culture through music, songs and traditional stories from Sierra Leone.

Young 2016 –

‘Make your Mark’ competition

This was a competition open to all the societies in the West Midlands. We are very pleased that Rosie Taylor, an A-level student from North Leamington School had her work selected; it was one of 14 from a total of 37 entries. The piece, ‘Lungs’, will go forward to the final judging in May 2017. Her work will be on display at RBSA in Birmingham during the national Society’s AGM.

Young 2014 – Harbury Church of England Primary School

Harbury Church of England Primary School.

Harbury C of E Primary School Mosaic

Harbury C of E Primary

School Mosaic

We provided funds for an exciting new display in a key communal area of the school. This is a large mosaic, on which every child in the school worked, showing the emblems of the four Houses to which pupils belong and the core values that the school aspires to instil. The mosaic was designed by the art Coordinator, Claire Payne, and uses brightly coloured tesserae in different finishes.

The costs of the materials were very high and the school was able to use the grant of money to achieve a tremendous amount, thanks to the extra work that Claire was willing to do. It was difficult to predict exactly how many of each type of tile would be selected by each child and work had to be suspended briefly when supplies were exhausted until the new delivery arrived. The finished work should brighten and inspire pupils for many years.

Young 2014 – Kenilworth School

Kenilworth School.

Our Society provided funds to support a series of Life Drawing workshops at Kenilworth school. These took place after normal school hours and were open to older pupils who were studying art and who contributed financially to participate. The art department were keen to offer this opportunity which is now sadly very rare.

Jo Daly, the organising teacher, believed passionately that the ability to draw quickly from life is a basic building block of further artistic development and was pleased to have been able to find a sponsor to make the project possible.

young_2014_Kenilworth_IMG_2007 Workshops at Kenilworth School

Workshops at Kenilworth School

Young 2014 – Warwickshire School of Art

Warwickshire School of Art Award

Our 2014 winner was James Reeves who also went  on to Edinburgh, though  to study fashion. We were exceptionally impressed by his work. Inspiration for his final show work came from an old family album of photos and memorabilia going back more than a century. He became fascinated by the idea of what is told or shown and what remains hidden; what shows through most strongly. Using images from photographs and ideas from his research, he decorated three coordinating pieces. There was a vest, a shirt and an over waistcoat, all made of the same fine and semi transparent fabric. Not only was the thinking behind his work interesting, but also the skills in embroidery, photography and tailoring make him a most worth winner of our award.

young_2015_James_Reeves_work James Reeves receiving the RLSDFAS award.

James Reeves receiving the RLSDFAS award.


Young 2015 – Warwickshire School of Art

Warwickshire School of Art.

Joe Revans receiving the 2015 awardOur 2015 winner is Joe Revans, who is going on to Edinburgh to study Architecture. He specialised in 3D Design during his Foundation year. His portfolio was beautifully produced and contained many innovative ideas. His preoccupation is with form and function – his tools with overlong handles, making them amusing but difficult to use, made his point.