West Surrey Area
Museums & Art Galleries
Young Arts 2012
Young Arts had a great
year in 2012. Our aim, as always, was to get young people
involved in high quality artistic activities. Here we want to
tell you about the success we had.
Over several years we’ve been developing a relationship with St.
Joseph’s Specialist School and College and autumn saw the completion of
the life-sized welcome statue we helped to sponsor there. We
didn’t just give funding, though. We also got sticky while adding
some of the tesserae ourselves! The finished statue is truly
striking - no wonder it helped towards the school’s gaining a coveted
Gold ArtsMark Award.
Guildford M.P., Anne Milton, joined the school’s learners, its Head of
Art, Janet Stanley, and Pat Morgan of the Young Arts Team to celebrate
in 2012, we’re pleased to have forged links with Wey House
School. Here, too, we provided funding - and practical help as
well - for another exciting activity. The boys wielded hammers
and chisels with great enthusiasm in a series of wood sculpting sessions.
result was some sinuous snake-like benches and giant toadstools that
now form an imaginative play area in the school’s grounds. The
fun the boys have in it is proof positive the project gets their seal
Yet the triumph of
Young Arts year was, we feel, the magnificent 2.5
metre high ceramic mural created by 29 local teenagers and fully funded
by Cranleigh DFAS. This was produced in a series of workshops
organized in collaboration with the Arts Centre. Under the
guidance of its resident ceramicist, Penny Green, each youngster
carefully fashioned a tile, using photographs of Cranleigh buildings as
During the sessions, it quickly became clear that, once assembled, the
tiles would create a very large and stunning mural. So the hunt
was on to find a space big enough to display it. What luck, then,
that the doctors enthusiastically offered it a permanent home in the
brand new medical centre being built right in the heart of
Cranleigh. What better advertisement for the work of Young Arts
could there be than that? Not to mention the joy the teenagers
had in creating a piece of local history!
We’re pleased and proud of what we helped the youngsters to achieve in
2012, but we don’t intend resting on our laurels. We’ve already got
exciting things planned for 2013.
The Young Arts Team:
Pat Morgan and Jan Fricker
Wendy Brownlee, Sue Pescodd and Maureen Hellyer