The Arts Society Young Arts groups provide 8-18 year olds with a broad range of opportunities to engage with the arts.

Maya Kemp, the former Young Arts representative for The Arts Society South West London (TAS SWL), established links two years ago with the Holly Lodge Centre in Richmond Park. As a result, TAS SWL is now sponsoring art materials for Holly Lodge’s special needs classes (See News).

The Centre’s programmes enable young people to explore their artistic talents, drawing from nature. Run by two part-time staff and over 100 volunteers, it is dependent for its income on donations and TAS SWL intends to give it regular support.

A Young Arts project which came to a successful conclusion last year was the sponsoring of a mosaic for St Mary’s Primary School in Putney. It was created by local artist Karen Perry with the help of the children at the school - see news story

Spurred on by the success of the Children’s Church Trail for St Mary’s Church Barnes in 2014, Maya Kemp and Gwen Hewitt produced a Children's Church Trail for All Saints Church on Putney Common.

 Picture: Maya Kemp (second from right) with (from left) former chairman Dinah Shoults, Canon Ailsa Newby, Vicar of St Mary’s Primary School, Putney, and the school’s Head, Cheryl Payne, at the unveiling of the TASSWL sponsored mosaic which can be seen on the wall above them. (Photo: Gill Grunwald)