NADFAS Young Arts Projects

Young Arts Projects are arts related activities sponsored or organised by the local Decorative & Fine Arts Societies. They can be for the benefit of individuals or a number of young people. In 2013 £162,153 was given to various arts projects across the country, involving over 20,600 children and young people.

There is no set format for Young Arts Projects, instead, local Societies respond to local circumstances. A Society's involvement may be anything from sponsorship to hands-on organisation. Many involve partnerships with other local and national bodies. We have found that even a small grant can make a big difference.

Projects cover a wide range of activities. They include:

  • Artists in residence
  • Art lectures for students
  • Funding visits to art galleries and museums
  • Art exhibitions for young artists
  • Equipment purchases
  • Practical workshops
  • Local Arts Week events
  • Bursaries for individual students
  • Sponsorship for craft apprentices

Starting a Young Arts Project
Local Societies run Projects in partnership with schools, colleges, museums, and galleries. Contacts can be made through the school or college, through the LEA's Arts Development team, Parent Teachers Association, or Education Officers at galleries, museums and similar organisations.

Societies raise additional funds for Young Arts Projects from other funding sources. Find out more about external funding for Young Arts Projects:

Directory of Social Change details of Trusts
The Baring Foundation
The Ragdoll Foundation
The Ernest Cook Trust Department for Media, Culture & Sport
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Awards for All - Lottery Grants Scheme
Art & Business Working Together

To find out more about Young Arts Projects, email



The Art of Sculpture

This short film captures professional artist Carrie Yuen teaching students some basic sculpture techniques, sit back and enjoy the fantastic results.