Young Arts

The Aims

  • to inspire young people with a lasting enthusiasm for the arts
  • to obtain an awareness of our arts heritage and its conservation


  • through Young Arts groups – junior societies often based in school or museums
  • involving young people in a broad range of exciting projects
  • via artists-in-residence in schools
  • providing funding, wholly or partly, for visits to art galleries, art exhibitions, competitions and museums
  • purchasing special equipment and art books
  • providing bursaries/awards for individual students
  • creating projects in young offenders institutions
  • sponsoring/organising one-off arts events


Recent Projects 2017

Voyager Academy, Peterborough, End of Year Art Exhibition 2017

On 6 July 2017, at the end of their summer term, the students of the Voyager Academy exhibited their art projects in the school hall.

The head of art, very kindly, invited all members of PDFAS to attend the exhibition, and two members of the committee attended to view the art. The photographs below show the quality and variety of this art.


During the year, the committee has been in contact with the head of art, to see if the two organisations could work together to encourage the students to expand their knowledge of art.

We discussed whether any of the students would like to attend appropriate PDFAS lectures (if they were relevant to their curriculum topics) and the head agreed to display our posters and handouts in her art room, for the information of the students.

Recently, the committee has agreed to sponsor the purchase of a large display board for the academy, so that large pieces of art by the students can be displayed in full.

This board will also benefit other schools in the Peterborough area, as they will be able to borrow it for their own exhibitions, via the networking scheme to which all heads of art belong.


Previous Projects 2016/17

Our Young Arts Co-Ordinator worked with the children aged 7 – 10 years at Folksworth Church of England School to create an art project involving working with clay.



The project introduced them to the skills of modelling and plaster-casting. You can see the results in the photos on this page.

It was fun, educational and quite messy all at the same time! The children enjoyed it very much.


Note for sixth form students

If one of our lectures is relevant to your studies, and if your timetable permits, entry to our lectures

is free for you.          

Please see our ‘Lecture Programme’.

Previous Activities

November 2014 – the artwork of four students from King’s School was submitted for consideration by the Royal Society of British Artists. This exhibition was held at the Mall Gallery, London.

April 2014 – a workshop was provided to pupils of Dogsthorpe Junior School, with the aid of a grant of £200 from the East Anglian Area of The Arts Society and £110 from PDFAS. Twenty children, some with emotional and social needs, and some gifted and talented, enjoyed a day learning from sculptor, William Ashley-Norman, how to create creatures with chickenwire.

November 2013 – a pottery workshop, delivered over a month, was donated to Fletton Primary School and St Botolph’s Primary School. The £400 donation enabled two talented, local sculptors to fire-up and inspire the young people to create lovely pots.

May 2013 – a donation of £250 was made to Peterborough Young Singers to pay for the programmes for their ‘Big Sing’. Students from eight Peterborough schools took part.

March 2013 – a donation of £250 was given to the children’s ward ‘Amazon’ at Peterborough City Hospital to be used by the Play Team. The team selected lots of arts materials, which they used to encourage artistic activity in their young patients.

October 2012 – PDFAS submitted six pieces of work from the King’s School to The Arts Society of East Anglia Young Arts exhibition of sixth form work at The Hostelry, Norwich Cathedral.

May 2012 – a donation of £250 funded two specific art and design projects at the Fletton Student Support Centre. One involved creating Venetian masks and the other involved making ‘Modroc’ figures representing various Olympic sports.

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