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62NADFAS REVIEW / SPRING NEWSGuildford Evening DFAS organised a concert by the 15-pieceFarnborough Winds Ensemble at Onslow Village Hall, Guildford inOctober, conducted by Lyn Hopkin (who retired that evening).Members were joined by the Mayor of Guildford, Councillor PaulineSearle. Other invited guests included Caryl Morley, from NADFASSocieties Support Team, West Surrey Area Chairman Denise Topolski andCarol Hewitt, West Surrey Area Training.The audience were entertained with a superb programme of musicranging from Mozart's Gran Partitato Handel's Arrival of The Queen ofSheba. The concert was a first for GEDFAS.After the concert, the Mayor was presented with a cheque to theMayor's Distress Fund by GEDFAS Chairman Gwynth Pickering.Fine music for Guildford DFAS?SOUTH SUFFOLK DFAS South Suffolk DFAS enjoyedlunch in the 14th-centurySwan Hotel, Lavenham, tomark its 25th anniversary inNovember. National ChairmanGri Harrison and SocietyChairman Jayne Blackwoodjoined the celebrations alongwith four founding membersof the Society.?STIRLING DFASStirling DFAS celebrated its20th Anniversary with a lunchin the Albert Hall, Stirling. ThePresident, the Countess ofMoray, Chairman RosemaryLeckie, and Vice Presidentand Founder ChairmanIsabella Strang all attended.After lunch, the festivitiescontinued with a poetryreading and music.?WEST SUSSEX DFASWest Sussex DFAS marked its40th anniversary withchampagne and canapés inthe gardens at Champs HillMusic Room. Members andguests enjoyed a talk byDavid Bowerman about his artcollection and were treated toa concert given by sopranoEmily Ward and pianist RobinDavies. Chairman BethDugan, National Chairman GriHarrison and ex-AreaChairman Jill Richardsonjoined the celebrations.ANNIVERSARIES£6k bursaryfor Northweststudent ofFine Arts Thanks to the generosity of theBrian Mercer Charitable Trust, theNADFAS Northwest Area is able tooffer a three-year Young Artsbursary to a promising local FineArts student.The bursary is open to Fine Artsundergraduates up to the age of26 who are studying at a universityin Cheshire, Lancashire,Merseyside or Greater Manchester(including associated colleges) andwho are progressing to an MA inFine Art in the Northwest with theintention of becoming a practisingartist. Participating universities willbe asked to nominate students forthe bursary by 31 March 2010.The successful student will receive£6,000 over a three-year period.The Fine Arts department wherethe student will study for an MAwill also receive £1,000. Threestudents who are runners-up willeach receive £500.For more details please contactChristine Davies, NW Area YoungArts Representative, by email Haslemere DFASrewards pupils'work at festivalHaslemere DFAS donated funds to sponsorfour Junior Art prizes in a new competition atthe Vivartis Autumn Art Festival at KingEdward's School, Witley, Surrey. The festival showcases the work of over 300professional and amateur artists, and this year,for the first time, the work of local schools. The school grounds provided the setting fora sculpture trail created with the SurreySculpture Society. A variety of media and stylesgives the exhibition its unique appeal and thiswas evident in the winning paintings: SophieFigueiredo of St Hilary's Exploding Tomatoesand Nick Medcraft of Yateley Manor's TheSheep. The runners-up were Lily Mendonca ofSt Ives and Annabel Fraser of Highfield.Members attended a private view and informaltalk by Evelyn Phillips, the Festival Director.The success of the evening means HDFAS willsponsor the competition again this year. REVIEW / SPRING 2010 63SOCIETIES/AREAS NEWSPictured is Grantham andDistrict DFAS's new badge ofoffice, as described in the lastissue of the Review. Designedby young silversmith ChloeCussell, the badge representsthe GADDFAS logo, which inturn replicates the design ofwindows found on Georgianhouses in GranthamAshtead DFASsamples Granddelights of VeniceMembers of Ashtead DFAS enjoyed a packed schedule on their visit toVenice. After crossing the Grand Canal by the Rialto Bridge, they spentan afternoon viewing the wonderful Tintoretto-covered Scuola Grande diSan Rocco and the church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari with itsmagnificent Titians and 15th-century choir stalls. Their trip also included visits to the islands of Murano, the centre of theglass-making industry since medieval times; colourful Burano, famous forits handmade lace; and Torcello, with its ancient Byzantine Cathedral. The group took guided tours of the contrasting art collections on showin the Academia Gallery and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Otherhighlights of their visit were the awesome St Marks Basilica, themasterpieces of the Doge's palace and the simple pleasures ofwandering Venice's atmospheric narrow streets. The group weredelighted with their glimpse into the past and present glories of Venice.Talented school leavers in the EastAnglia Area were targeted byNADFAS in partnership with theRoyal Society of British Artists(RBA) in a painting competition. Paintings for the East AnglianArea Young Arts Competition wereselected from exhibitions held at10 local schools. The winningpainters were Oliver Stobbart ofHills Road Sixth Form College,Cambridge, and BethanyBurgoyne of Framlingham College,Suffolk (her entry is pictured). Thecompetition was judged by JamesHorton, President of the RBA(pictured centre); John Glover(pictured left), a Suffolk artist; andPeter Kennedy-Scott, a NADFASlecturer. The winning works can beseen at The Mall Gallery, Londonfrom 10 March to 21 March.RBA and NADFAS reward young artistsA group from Upper Thames DFAS traded cold and wet October weather for perfect days in Italy. Their packed tour took in Pisa, Lucca, Pistoia,Prato, Volterra, Siena and San Gimignano. Particular highlights included the magnificent Duomos with Donatello's beautiful pulpits, the leaning tower,and private palaces and gardens. The group described the scenery as spell-binding and the ice-cream as too good to miss.Upper Thames DFAS enjoys Tuscan culture and ice cream