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www.nadfas.org.ukNADFAS REVIEW SUPPLEMENT/ SUMMER 20109YOUNG ARTSNADFASARTS EDUCATION AND HERITAGECONSERVATIONChichester DFAS first venturedinto partnership in 2008 with aYoung Arts project that hasgrown into a successful relationship withthe local community. In celebration ofthe Society's 30th and NADFAS's 40thanniversaries, an art competition waslaunched in 14 local schools entitled'Chichester After Turner' to encouragechildren to interpret some aspect of theircity in painting, just as JMW Turner didin his painting Chichester Canal.Pallant House Gallery in Chichesteragreed to mount an exhibition of theentries in its Studio Exhibition Room. Agrant was obtained from the Patricia FayMemorial Fund, 190 paintings weresubmitted and four prize-winners wereselected from varying age groups, with aPeoples' Prize voted for by the public. An even more ambitious project waslaunched in March 2009 with a furthergrant from the Patricia Fay MemorialFund. Midhurst DFAS and publisherJohn Wiley & Sons made donations,their schools were invited to aChichester DFAS meeting so memberscould congratulate them. Competitionorganiser Pat Martin visited participatingschools and spoke at their assemblieswhere she also promoted NADFAS.The project was an enormousundertaking and, without Pat's efforts,would not have been so successful.Chichester DFAS also wishes toacknowledge the support given by PallantHouse Gallery, particularly in setting upthe exhibition, arranging publicity andallowing free use of its Studio.A great deal of effort was contributedby all involved, but it proved worthwhile.Chichester DFAS is proud of itsachievement in raising the profile ofNADFAS in so many parts of thecommunity by bringing together localschools, the University of Chichester,Pallant House Gallery and the generalpublic, to the mutual benefit of allconcerned. Sussex Area Partnership Co-ordinator Diana Taylordescribes how local schoolchildren brought speciallycommissioned poems to life through paintings and drawings in an ambitious Young Arts projectPoetry in motionand Coln Gallery, a local art shop,provided art materials as prizes. TheUniversity of Chichester's CreativeWriting Department was invited tosubmit poems which could be illustratedby school children. The winning pieceswere judged by Sue Moules, a Sussex-born poet, and six titles were selected -The Stranger, Put Yourself in my Shoes,The Old Woman, Seaples Who Live inthe Sea, A Feelingand Whistler'sMother. Young Arts competition 'PaintedPoems' was underway.A poster advertising the competitionand exhibition was distributed toschools and libraries. More than 100pupils from 11 local schools took up thechallenge. They could illustrate theirchosen poem in any way they chose.Chichester DFAS was delighted by thenumber and variety of entries receivedand 50 were chosen to be hung in thePallant House Gallery Studio. A panel ofjudges - Mark Steene, Head of Learningat Pallant House Gallery, Kasha Lunt,illustrator and print maker, and YvonneGraham, member of Chichester DFAS -was asked to choose a winner from fourage groups, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16 and 17-plus. In the event they did not select awinner from the oldest group, but chosetwo from the 9-12 group which wereboth considered outstanding. On the exhibition's opening evening,the Mayor of Chichester, CouncillorMichael Woolley, presented the prizes. A beautifully illustrated poetry book waspresented to each of the seven studentsinvolved in writing the poems. Individualwinners of the painting competition weregiven art and poetry books, as well as acopy of the Poet Laureate's New andCollected Poems for Children.The public were invited to choosetheir favourite entry, and the greatestnumber of votes went to Adam Callow,who was awarded the People's Prize forhis interpretation of The Old Woman, thepoem written by Amanda Oosthuizen.Prize-winners and representatives fromAbove: AdamCallow with the picture thatwon him thePeople's Prize,seen in close-upbottom left

10NADFAS REVIEWSUPPLEMENT/ SUMMER 2010www.nadfas.org.ukYOUNG ARTSNADFASARTS EDUCATION AND HERITAGECONSERVATIONPeople often remark that we arespoilt for choice in London, thateverything is available. True, butfew have the confidence to takeadvantage of the treasures in ourgalleries and museums if parents orteachers don't introduce them to thoseopportunities first. I was talking to a taxidriver who confessed he had neverbeen inside a gallery. He wanted to takehis children but didn't know how. I alsoremember once going to the Tate to seean exhibition of sculpture by Picasso. Aclass of young children waspainstakingly drawing the sculptures. confidence. Valerie McBride said: "I wasvery impressed by the responsiveness ofthe students who were disciplined andindustrious." Our third masterclass isalready being planned. At the Wallace Collection theeducation team works with coordinatorsof the Gifted and Talented programmefor their masterclasses and we fund onefor A-level Art History students. Theevent combines lectures and practicalwork. Fifty students attend and hearexpert talks on studying Art History atuniversity and about the breadth ofcareer potential in galleries andAbove: A-levelstudents learnlife drawing skillsat DulwichPicture GalleryTop: Self-portraits byyoungstersattending an artsummer schoolat the NationalPortrait Gallery How Greater London Area has teamed up with galleriesacross London to help some of the capital's most giftedyoung arts students unlock their potential. By Gillian EeleyThis is whatyou can doI pointed out to one little boy that the goat'shorns were in fact bicycle handlebars. Theinformation spread through the groupwho were soon exchanging their owndiscoveries. This was a long time ago,but how shocking that children could beexpected to sit quietly to draw withoutunderstanding what they were seeing.This is unlikely to be the experience ofyoung people today.In recent years galleries and museumshave appointed teams of staff who haverevolutionised the experience for theiryoung visitors by introducing innovativelearning programmes, games and trails.These teams enable us to make theGreater London Area Young Artsprogramme effective. By consultingthem we can select and refine projectsthat fit our funding aims. Dulwich Picture Gallery's educationteam devised and ran our firstmasterclass - a three-day coursedesigned to give A-level students theopportunity to work on life drawing.Flyers were sent to local state schoolsinviting students to apply. Fifteenstudents filled the places and teacher,artist and illustrator Valerie McBride soonhad them working from the life modelwithout embarrassment. At the end ofthe course the students' families, andrepresentatives from local NADFASSocieties came to see the displayedwork, which was of a standard thatimpressed us all. Next time we ran the course wemoved it from spring to the autumn halfterm to fit better around exams.Applicants quadrupled. Again, theparticipants' work was exceptional andthe students made friends and gained