The Arts Society has a policy of encouraging young people in the practice and appreciation of the arts and each society has its own way of achieving this. At The Arts Society Dover, Deal and Sandwich we give several small bursaries each year to outstanding students at the end of their Foundation Year at the University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, as they move on to their degree courses. A team from the committee visits the end of year exhibition and having seen their work, selects two to four candidates who we consider to have achieved an exceptionally high standard, preferably from several disciplines such as Fine Art, Graphics, Fashion and Animation.
The students are asked to attend our September meeting and put up a display of their work. This provides an opportunity for the students and our members to meet and discuss their future plans for the development of their artistic talents. They also attend the lecture, often with family members, and are presented with an Arts Society certificate along with a cheque. The students are proud to receive the recognition of The Arts Society and are able to use it in their CVs. This is always an enjoyable occasion and one at which members can see a tangible result for their interest in and support of the Arts through The Arts Society.
This year Jac Dunay, Sandra Dearden and Mike Judd visited UCA, Canterbury and made two awards to students from the ASDDS area at the Foundation Course Exhibition. The two students, Lydia Elliott (Fine Art) and Megan Rogers (Fashion and Design) were presented with their cheques and certificates at the ASDDS meeting on 3rd September. Their work was displayed and they both gave very good accounts of themselves to a very interested and appreciative audience.
In response to an email from Denise Lyon, Mike Judd met with Rufus Redman at the latter’s house in St Margarets and collected a great deal of art material. This had belonged to Rufus’s father who was an art teacher at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School. Mike distributed the material to Sir Roger Manwood’s School, Sandwich Junior School and an adult art class.
Mike and Jennifer Scott, from the Turner Gallery, are developing a project to provide funds for thirty pupils from each of three schools (Astor College, Goodwin Academy, Sandwich Technology School) to attend workshops on the Turner Prize. As yet no response has been received directly from the schools but through a personal contact of Mary Archer, Astor College has indicated that they are interested in participating in the project.
The Summer Reading Initiative took place over the summer holidays in libraries in the district and was very successful.
Chris Flint and Mike Judd met with Chris Nickols, Chairman of Governors at St Edmund’s School in Canterbury, who was able to pass on some valuable information and the names of potentially useful contacts. This information should be very helpful for our Young Arts work and we are very grateful to Chris Nickols for sharing it with ASDDS.