The sponsorship of young artists is an important part of The Arts Society’s activities and we have been active in this field in recent years, working with Merton Social Services in previous years to give profoundly deaf children wider artistic and social opportunites including specialised tuition and visits to a number of art galleries and museums.

In 2016 we contributed to the cost of painting three large murals at Blossom House School, Motspur Park, an independent day school for children with speech, language and communication difficulties.

In 2017 we awarded prizes to two third-year students on the BA Painting course at Wimbledon College of Arts. The first prize of £700 went to Beth Horner for her imaginative mixed media paintings. The second prize of £300 went to Sion Webb for his inventive 'architectural' installation and drawings. In adjudicating the prizes, we were assisted by two members of our Society, Wendy Hildreth and Sandra Reeves, both of whom have considerable experience of gallery guiding and art teaching.

2018 Golden Anniversary Year

To celebrate The Arts Society’s 50th anniversary in 2018, our own Society held a rather special Young Arts Project, entitled ‘Golden Threads: Music and Art’. The project took place during the autumn term involving 180 children aged 8 years in Hollymount, Poplar and The Sherwood primary schools in the Borough of Merton. It was delivered in partnership with Merton Music Foundation, and the practitioners were members of Sonoro (Wimbledon’s professional choral ensemble) and Helen Brimblecombe (schools’ art advisor). Exhibitions and performances of work (both musical and arts based) were held in all 3 schools. We would like to thank our two main sponsors, The Arts Society Greater London Area and Marcus Beale Architects as well as many of our own members for their generosity which enabled so many local children to work alongside top quality arts practitioners.

"One person can make a lot of noise if they know how to sing properly."
"Music can make you think of colours."
(Comments from some of the children)

2019 Sound Construction

Following the success of ‘Golden Threads’ the leadership of Sonoro and Helen Brimblecombe, supported by Merton Music Foundation, decided to continue to work together on another Young Arts project. In partnership with the Wimbledon International Youth Festival (who provided major funding) they adopted the Festival’s theme of Music, Maths and Architecture to create ‘Sound Construction’. This project consisted of a series of singing and art workshops delivered to a further 180 children at 3 different local primary schools (Bishop Gilpin, Links and St. Matthews). The project explored pattern, shape and form in music through a set of specially chosen contrasting pieces. The pieces were then used to inspire art and design, with the children producing ideas for features which were incorporated into the design of a building or a structure, such as a bridge. 

"The children all commented on how much they enjoyed the day as well as learnt from it. They are very excited to use their new skills and make pop-up Christmas cards as well as using their new warm up techniques during recent music lessons."
(Comment from one of the participating schools)

The Arts Society Wimbledon supported this ongoing venture and plans to do so again in 2020 enabling more local children to benefit from highly qualified arts practitioners and have an opportunity to create music and art for themselves.