We support the development of art and an appreciation of the arts generally among young people.  In the past we have supported promising local students in music and the arts with small grants to assist with travel costs, materials and incidental expenses. The Arts Society Honiton has been helping local schools and churches with arts projects.

Five students from Honiton Community College are celebrating, having received their Bronze Arts Awards. Lady Anne Boles, Chair of Honiton Arts Society presented the awards and said,

‘I would like congratulate the pupils on their Bronze Award and Honiton Community College and Thelma Hulbert Gallery for giving them the opportunity to achieve this award.

At NADFAS, now known as the Arts Society Honiton, we are extremely happy to help young artists grow and extend their art knowledge, particularly as art is getting squeezed out of school curriculums.

We hope the Arts Award will inspire a lasting pleasure and lifelong interest in art for these pupils.”

The Arts Award scheme aims to support young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts and is managed by Trinity College London and Arts Council England. Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) encouraged and facilitated the school to run the arts award programme. This is the first time the scheme has been introduced to students at the College.

Thanks to a grant of £250 from The Arts Society Honiton the pupils were able to undertake two workshops as the first step of their Arts Award.

During the workshops at the gallery, the group created an artwork with renowned paper artist Sophia Clist. They created paper sculptures in response to the exhibition On Paper - an Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition. These artworks were then exhibited in THG’s exhibition Paper Play (25 May – 22 June).

The students completed four parts to the award: exploring the arts as a participant, reviewing an Arts event, describing their Arts inspiration and sharing a skill. 5 students achieved the Bronze award : Amelia Ford, Aleisha Offer-Hoar, Hannah Empson, Sarah Patch and Maicey Bennett. Four of the students are now Year 8 and one student in year 9. They are all studying the KS3 curriculum and one student is going on to take a Fine Art GCSE. 

They attend the after school Art Club and are all very keen artists but also involve themselves with the College Choir.  Some of the girls are also CreATE Leaders, a title given to students who have shown a real commitment to all of the CreATE Subjects (Art, Music, Drama, Food Tech, Design Tech).


Previous projects we have helped include one at Musbury Primary School to revamp the school Noticeboard, and it was unveiled at a Tea Party on 4th November, 2015 for parents and local people.  The children had previously spent a day at the new Woodland Trail on the Tracey Estate at Awliscombe where they gathered leaves and took bark rubbings to provide the inspiration for their art project. The noticeboard at the school entrance has been made from hand-painted tiles to show the School's new logo in the centre, surrounded by painted leaves and hand prints.

In June 2016 the Society invited Honiton Community College to nominate a student for a £100 bursary for the extension or continuation of his/her studies in an artistic field.  The bursary was awarded to Jamie Johnson, an A-level Photography student who hopes to pursue his studies of photography at Falmouth College of Arts, and was presented to Jamie at HCC's Celebration Assembly on 14 July.