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CHISWICK

The Arts Society provides children and young people with exciting opportunities to get involved in creative arts activities. The work with young people builds a lasting enthusiasm for the arts and an awareness of arts heritage and its conservation. 

As part of our Young Arts initiative, The Arts Society Chiswick made a contribution last year to Koestler Arts to support a scheme they are running in Feltham Young Offenders' Institution. The Koestler Arts Development Director has now given us an update on what our help has achieved. 

"2019 has seen more young people at HMYOI Feltham being creative and benefitting from the Koestler Awards than ever before. Over 20 young people entered the Awards in a huge diversity of art forms, including visual arts, music and writing. We were delighted that this year's UK exhibition at the Southbank Centre featured The Arts Society Chiswick's Platinum Award winning painting from HMYOI Feltham, My Broken Arm (Painted with my Broken Arm!), where it was seen by over 20,000 visitors. Having this work chosen by curator and Jazz Saxophonist Soweto Kinch from over 7,000 artworks is an amazing achievement, and we hope it inspires others at Feltham to have a go and begin to believe in themselves and their abilities." 

See more on the Young Arts Instagram page of The Arts Society.

Our very first Young Arts project involved a collaboration between Magic Lantern, an educational arts charity, and The Cambridge School, a Special Needs School in Shepherd's Bush. We have also funded several Magic Lantern sessions at Old Oak School, a state primary school in Acton. This initial contact led on to us funding a project where children at the school have worked with an  artist to paint a shipping container which is used to sell surplus food collected from local businesses and supermarkets to the local community. Our support of Magic Lantern in West London is ongoing. See our News section for more information.

We also give financial support to Hounslow Music Service which provides musical education to state schools in the borough. We are delighted to have been able to purchase a much needed clarinet for them in Summer 2018 and in March 2019 we sponsored a choir competition which involved all the primary schools in the borough. Further details in our News section.