The Frank Hartill Arts Award


Open to all

 The Frank Hartill Arts Award is to support an individual studying or working in the arts or heritage conservation.

1. The applicant/s must have some connection with the Wrekin area. For the purposes of this Award, the Wrekin area is loosely defined as the region contained within a circle of approximately 12 miles radius centred on Telford. This is deliberately larger than the Telford and Wrekin Unitary Authority area. The map on our website is not intended to be definitive but indicates the approximate area within which candidates are eligible to apply. The committee is keen to draw applicants from as large an area as possible, including from villages which might not consider themselves to be part of the ‘Wrekin area’ but where the Society has members.2.

2. No age limits and no formal qualifications are required. If you are serious about developing your skills in the arts, or heritage and curatorial work, take a look at our social media for more information.


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Closing Date: 31st January 2020




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.


 Ceramic Tile Project 

 Sometime ago the Society donated £150 to help fund a ceramic tile project - a collaboration between a local artist (Charlotte Clark) and the Charlton School in Wellington.

Students were asked to design tiles which illustrated what Wellington means to them. These are now diplayed at The  WellingtonOrbit, a new boutique cinema in the old HSBC building.

The Orbit recently arranged for a ‘thank you’ plaque to be displayed alongside the artwork. Pictures showing Darcy, representing the Society at a photo shoot  being officially thanked for our support by of the directors (Ray Hughes).


The Arts Society Wrekin sponsors a master class in portrait painting

The £500 prize money from winning the Marsh Award in 2018 has been used to fund a master class for talented sixth form students in Telford.

A well-known Midlands artist, Francesca Currie RBSA, ran the class at Telford College for eight students chosen by their teachers at Telford  College and Wrekin College.

Francesca, who has recently completed a commission to paint the Bishop of Worcester, introduced the students to using oils and working in the manner of the old masters.

It is hoped that some of the portraits tackled by the students might be exhibited at one of our meetings in the summer.

Go to the Gallery to see more photos of the students' work

You might also like to see the artist’s website. You will see that she was recently commissioned to paint the Bishop of Worcester.

This letter was sent from Anna Dowdall,one of the participating students

Dear Rob
On behalf and myself and the students at Telford College we would like to say thank you for organising the master class ‘portrait painting experience’.
We had such a wonderful afternoon meeting yourself and colleagues alongside artist Fran Currie.
It was a wonderful opportunity to meet a current working artist.
Students really benefited from working on a single painting for such a long period of time. The 4 hours of intense concentration was exhausting but very enjoyable. It was lovely to get specialist advice to support and advise whilst carrying out the painting, and also meet new students from the neighbouring Wrekin College. The work produced was excellent and everyone involved was proud of their developed skills and paintings.
Thank you again for thinking of our creative students at Telford College and giving them the memorable and valuable experience. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with The Arts Society.

Kind regards
Anna Dowdall


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.


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.


The Society has once again sponsored prizes for Telford College’s end-of-year show. The students’ work featured their response to a visit to Sunnycroft, the Edwardian Villa in Wellington owned by the National Trust. The Trust is raising money to conserve the rare Halladay Glasshouse in its grounds and the students' work had previously been displayed at Sunnycroft to promote interest in the fundraising campaign.

A judging panel consisting of Diana Milledge, Tim Roberts and Rob Hubbleday spent an hour considering the students’ entries and awarded four cash prizes and two highly commended certificates to the successful students.

The Society is delighted to have built a strong link with the College and this is the third year that we have sponsored prizes.


Annual Year 6 Art Competition 2019

Entries for the latest annual Year 6 art competition were judged on July 15th by the full committee.

Three schools were represented in the ten pieces which made the final cut. These were Short Wood Primary, Arleston, Old Hall, Wellington and St Maryâ?Ts Primary, Albrighton.

The judges were very impressed by the overall standard of work which, this year, was based on the theme of Animals. This subject was chosen as a follow-up to a lecture on Horses in Art by Val Woodgate.

In addition to the lecture, the pupils were supported by a short video on how to draw horses which the Young Arts team commissioned from Francesca Currie, an accredited RBSA artist and tutor.

First prize was awarded to Kacey Jones from Short Wood Primary, second prize to Layla Thomason from Old Hall and third prize to Lena Lipa from Short Wood.