One of The Arts Society's aims is to promote an interest in cultural heritage and the arts among children and young people. The Arts Society Wrekin plays its part by allocating a significant proportion of its financial resources to funding activities designed to foster enthusiasm, develop skills and broaden horizons. Our guiding principles are outlined below.

We try to:

  • make links with one of the topics in the year's programme for adult members;
  • reflect the context and needs of our locality;
  • keep a balance between support for 'elite' talented young artists and others;
  • support a range of different types of artistic endeavour and age ranges;
  • collaborate with other organisations;
  • spread our support fairly across different types of locality in our area.

Recent activities include sponsoring a lecture for sixth formers; providing an art bursary for a state school student at Wrekin College; funding professional artists to work with local primary schools; and organising and sponsoring an annual art competition for Year 6 pupils in Wellington, Telford based around a lecture by one of The Arts Society's national speakers.

West Midlands Area 'My Birthday Tea Party' Young Arts Competition 

On Saturday 22nd September the presentation of the awards for the winners of the West Midlands Area 'My Birthday Tea Party' Young Arts Competition took place in the Darwin Suite at World of Wedgwood.

Well over a hundred pupils from schools throughout the West Midlands Area submitted designs for a plate with the theme of 'My Birthday Tea Party'.  From these, ten finalists were chosen and were invited to attend the event.

Among the finalists was 10 year old Dylan Martin from Short Wood Primary School, Wellington, a school with which TASW has forged strong connections over the past few years.

All ten of the childrens' designs were made into plates at Wedgwood and presented to the children by Denise Topolski, the National Volunteer Head of Young Arts.

The picture shows Dylan proudly displaying his plate.



Christopher Aslan Alexander gave a talk on 'Mosaics and Propaganda' to Year 6 pupils attending three schools in Wellington. The topic was chosen to link with the 50th Anniversary mosaic project carrried out by our members. Pupils produced art work based on the lecture. The winning entry was submitted by Aaliyah Denley and Ellalouise Cureton from Short Wood Primary School.


Claudia Grinnell, who was sponsored by The Society, graduated with a 1st class Honours Music degree. After taking up an organ scholarship at Salisbury Cathedral for a year, she was later appointed assistant organist at Winchester Cathedral.