YOUNG ARTSThe Arts Society aims to inspire young people with a lasting enthusiasm for the arts and an awareness of arts heritage. The Arts Society Stamford has organised, and supported, a variety of art activities and events for children, and young students, over the years and works closely with local schools.To contact the Young Arts Organiser click here.The Arts Society Stamford hosts lecture for New College Stamford StudentsOn Tuesday 18 September The Arts Society Stamford hosted a lecture on Twentieth Century Art for students from the New College Stamford. Some 150 students, aged 16 to 19, studying art, photography, fashion and graphics, and their tutors, together with the Society Area Chairman Patsy Bennett and Area Young Arts representative Sue Punt enjoyed a fascinating and informative lecture.The lecture given by Linda Smith, an art historian with a particular knowledge of British art and the art of the 20th Century, was on the representation of the figure in modern art as it evolved through the 20th and 21st centuries. Rachel Cooper, Head of Department at the College, thanked the Society and felt that the students had been privileged to have this opportunity.This is the second time the Society has hosted a lecture for New College Stamford students and we are very grateful to The Arts Society for a Patricia Fay grant and to the East Midlands Area Society for a further grant which made this second event possible.Stamford Welland Academy Coppersmithing ProjectStamford Welland Academy is the only state secondary school in Stamford and places emphasis on the arts, offering GCSEs in art, photography and textiles. The Arts Society Stamford has provided their Arts Department with a grant towards the cost of two coppersmithing workshops run by a local metalsmith artist Shalini Austin. In the first workshop, pupils from years 7 and 8 have enjoyed making decorative leaves and jewellery items. Some examples of their work has been displayed in Stamford Arts Centre alongside other art work from the school. A second workshop will be run in the Autumn term.In the second workshop the students worked on larger pieces. They manipulated the metal with hammers and pliers until they resembled leaves and then painted them with fire.Royal Society of British Artists(RBA) Star Students 2018Various members of your Committee were involved in selecting 2 pieces of work by local A level art students for consideration in the 2018 RBA Star Students competition. The Committee members continue to be very impressed by the wide range of imaginative pieces being produced, and skills shown, by art students in and around Stamford.The pieces entered in July 2017 were“Say no to Animal Cruelty” by Abbie Musson (Stamford Schools)“Elizabeth's Revenge Eternitea” by Nathaniel Lovett (Bourne Academy39 Societies submitted 272 works so the RBA Council had difficult choices to make to select around just 20 pieces to be exhibited. We are therefore delighted that Nathaniel's Elizabeth's Revenge Eternitea has been selected for exhibition at the Royal Over-Seas League, St James, London W1 from 23 January to 8 March 2018, then at the Framers Gallery, London W1 from 12th - 17th March, and then at the RBA’s annual show at the Mall Galleries from (date tba) March to 31 March 2018. Having completed his A levels at Bourne Academy, Nathaniel is now studying Illustration at Cambridge University.
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