Young Arts in The Arts Society covers a very wide range of activities and projects. The main contributions from the City of Chichester society are in sponsorship of various arts projects in schools. We also help to sponsor a student at West Dean College under the auspices of The Arts Society Sussex area.

Recent and Current Projects

Bishop Luffa School

The print making project with Year 9 pupils is going well and we look forward to seeing the students' completed work.

The Royal Society of British Artists

For the second year running Bishop Luffa School has been successful in having a piece of work chosen for the RBA's 2019 Exhibition in London.  Only 21 pieces of work have been chosen for exhibition from 247 submissions by 36 societies. It is a great achievement for Francesca Krum and the staff in the art department at the school. The piece entitled 'Rob' is a very detailed biro drawing, shown right. 

The selected entries are now on The Arts Society website, which also gives the dates of the London exhibitions.  Click this link for details:

Bishop Luffa School submitted several more works to the RBA this year, which can be seen in the gallery.


Sponsorship of West Dean Student

During the 2018/19 academic year a student at the college will again be sponsored as part of Sussex Area Young Arts. Samuel Matthews will be studying on the Historic Craft Practices Furniture Course. We look forward to updates about his studies.

Bishop Luffa School

The society sponsored a project at the school during the spring term 2018 entitled ‘Fantastical Masks’. It was a mask making project for all year 9 pupils.  Click here for a presentation showing some of the fantastic work done by the students.

Joint Young Arts Project Between the Local Arts Societies and the Cass Sculpture Foundation

The combined 2 year project has come to an end in 2018 and 148 students and pupils have been given the opportunity to visit the archives. It has proved to be an extremely worthwhile project for schools and colleges in the Chichester area.

Bourne Community College – Following the Year 11 students’ visit, Mrs Charlie Cluff , Head of Art and Design at the college said – “We had a fantastic day at Goodwood Sculpture Park. The students enjoyed the archives and this experience really enriched and informed their experience of the park.The year 11 students spent a long day at Goodwood and following the archives tour students were set tasks to record observations through photography and drawing. They also took photographs with compositions that mimic specific artists to inform and personalise their work back at school – artists included Liz Myhill and Helen Musslewhite, Blossfelt and Penn.
A huge thank you all for your support, enabling my students to have richer learning experiences and access to the wider world of art and artists. One student commented that it was ‘really good to see how real artists work’”.

Bishop Luffa School – A group of year 12 art ‘A’ level students visited at the beginning of their course and as part of their follow up work they will be developing and recording their ideas in sketchbooks and making their own maquettes.

Chichester College
For a second year, a group of Btec Level 3 students visited the archive to support their assignment entitled ‘Response’ which focusses on sculpture and public art. As a development from last year the students are being asked to design a sculpture for a site at CASS. This is part of an Arts Council bid by CASS and will include making maquettes and a professional presentation at CASS in February. At the students’ presentation on February 2nd you could really see the benefit in the students’ maquettes and their critical thinking. They all spoke very clearly about their ideas, methods of making and ideas of placement in the grounds.

Fishbourne C E Primary School

During the autumn term 2017 the society sponsored a collaborative art installation project for the school’s entrance hall based on the book by Linda Kranz and entitled ‘Only one you’. This was a whole school project supported by the ceramicist James Ort. The story epitomised all the school stands for as a learning community. Their aim is to welcome every unique, young person at their personal starting point whatever that may be and to nurture them during the seven years they spend at the school. The installation comprises 213 ceramic fish that create a shoal in the entrance hall. Each of the fish is entirely unique and individual, created by each of the children at the school and brought together to create a stunning, ever-evolving piece. As children arrive at the school, they will be presented with a copy of the story and in a piece of partnership work between parent and child they will create their fish which will in turn join the shoal. Meanwhile, as they leave our school, they will be presented with their fish to take on the next step of their journey.

‘Only One Me’ was launched on Monday October 16th with a whole school assembly introducing the book by Linda Krantz and the ceramicist James Ort. James showed the children some examples of his work. During the rest of his day in school he ran two workshops making and decorating the fish. The 14 children in each group were from all the age groups in the school. These children became ambassadors to teach the rest of the children how to make their fish.

The ‘Only One You’ project is now complete and the school has a stunning display of fishes produced by all the children in the school’s entrance hall. ‘Only One You’ is now the school’s motto and there are lots of fish on the school’s newly relaunched website. This has been an extremely worthwhile project involving the whole school and they are extremely grateful for the financial support that the society was able to give the school.

CASS Project Year 1

During the spring term 2017 three primary schools visited the archives at the Cass Foundation. Ten KS2 pupils from Chidham Primary School visited as part of the school’s arts week. Four year 6 pupils from Funtington Primary School visited to explore an arts organisation as part of their Arts Award Explore and will be including this in their individual arts log. Fifteen KS2 pupils from Singleton Primary School have also visited. The project has to date enabled over 50 students/pupils to visit the archives.

Chichester College students were the first group to take advantage of the local DFAS groups’ sponsorship of visits to the Cass Sculpture Foundation Archive. The twenty two Btec Level 3 students are in the second year of their Extended Diploma Art and Design. The visit to the archive supported their current assignment entitled ‘Respect our Environment’ which focuses on designing a public art sculpture for the college environment. As part of this, the students will make a maquette of their design together with supporting paperwork including siting the sculpture, costings and a contract. The visit to the archive gave them an insight into how this process is achieved by professional sculptors, as well as using the maquettes in the archive as a source of inspiration and ideas for their own projects. The value of this to the students was expressed by Maria Smith from the College as follows:

Thank you very much for your interest in the students’ work. They have studied two units, one about Public Art and one about Sculpture. The criterion are very specific, especially in terms of professional practice and the commissioning process. To be able to visit the Cass archives and see the commissioning process in a real setting is very valuable. To be able to see the artist’s drawings, maquettes and impressions and to talk with the curators is priceless! Such a real and valid learning experience for my class and a trip they will always remember. I know the work at Cass really inspired them. It is very inspirational for the students to see the huge variety of work and in so many different materials, techniques and processes. I also think the archive of drawings is incredibly inspirational and it is important for the students to see the diverse range of approaches to visual recording. I was so happy that NAFDAS could sponsor our visit – without their financial assistance we would not have been able to go.

The students have now completed their assignment and here are a few of the finished maquettes of their designs.

Funtington Primary School

‘The Funtington Footprints’ project at Funtington Primary School has been ably led by local artist Rosie Hewitt. During the spring term she has led a series of sessions at the school designing and making six large clay footprints to represent Respect, Caring, Independence, Persevere, Safety , Best – ‘The Funtington Footprints’. The finished footprints are now displayed at the entrance to the school following their unveiling on May 5th. This has been an extremely worthwhile project that has involved the whole school community. Working with Rosie Hewitt was a fantastic opportunity for the school. She was extremely inspirational for the children and they gained much from the experience. The finished footprints look really striking on the school’s entrance wall and the children are really proud of their contributions. The impact of the project on the whole school is best described in the words of the pupils themselves.
“It helped to develop our creativity and our skills.”
“We all did a bit, no-one was left out.”
“Everyone took part and we were able to help others.”
“Working with a real artist helped us get better at art.”
“We were learning to use different tools.”
“It was good to work as a team – we had ownership of our footprint.”
“Everyone had fun and learnt something new.”
“I really enjoyed it.”
“We were doing something with a purpose.”
The school expressed their gratitude for the society’s financial support which enabled this project to take place.

 Birdham C.E. Primary School

The society sponsored two arts projects at Birdham.  Year 6 pupils experienced painting on canvas for the first time. They learnt about pointillism and the artist Seurat. They produced three large group paintings for display in school. Years 4 and 5 pupils  designed a new welcome sign for the school to be made out of clay tiles, basing their design on The Owl and the Pussycat.

The children have enjoyed the experience of using clay in a collaborative project and the school is very grateful for the sponsorship by the society which has made this possible.

The three large pointillism paintings are finished too and displayed in the school.

Chidham Primary School

Chidham’s artist in residence day sponsored by the society was very successful. The artist Paul Priestley led the day which focussed on Kandinsky and abstract art for the years 4,5 and 6 pupils. Kandinsky’s life and techniques were explored by the pupils in various ways. The day concluded with the pupils painting in the style of Kandinsky. The school appreciated the society’s funding which enabled the pupils to have this amazing experience.

West Wittering Primary School

West Wittering’s production of The Lion King on March 9th and 10th 2016 was a great success. Sponsorship from the society enabled the school to buy a variety of creative materials. These were used for the set, props, decorating the church and to enhance the children’s costumes. The school were very appreciative of our support which made this a successful production and a special, enjoyable experience for those who took part.