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Young Arts Scheme



HarpendenFor a number of years our Young Arts scheme has supported the creative work in our three Harpenden Secondary Schools.  Each year, on our behalf, we make a substantial financial offer to Roundwood Park School; Sir John Lawes School and St. George's School to encourage and develop aspects of creativity which may not be possible without additional funding.  Of course, this comes with some provisos, in that it has to be either a new venture not yet covered by the existing curriculum, similarly a piece of equipment, or perhaps a special event such as a visiting artist to work with pupils and staff.

This page will show you just a small example of how your support is used to foster the visual arts of young people in the Harpenden area.



This year the exam work from all three schools, both at GCSE and A Level, was exceptional. I was lucky enough to be invited to their exhibitions, and have found it very hard to make a small selection from the great variety of their work to share with you. As you will see the works range through the two-dimensional: drawing; painting; photography and print making to the plastic arts: pottery; sculpture and textiles. The financial help we are able to offer is very much appreciated as it allows our schools to explore areas of work not otherwise covered.

Roundwood Park School



Sir John Lawes School



St George’s School



This was a joint venture between Harpenden Evening and Harpenden Area to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Arts Society, and pupils from the age of 7 to 18 were represented. The judges were three local experts, two artist/teachers and an art historian and the prizes were presented by the Deputy Mayor on Friday 29th to a very appreciative audience of prize winners, parents and guests. The overall winner was Chloe Strange aged 16 for her amazing painting of an elephant. The winner of the 7-11yr 3D category was Michael Dey for his 50 butterflies in a frame made of 50 gold ‘50’s. All the winning and highly commended entries were on display to the public at Park Hall on Saturday 30th and this was well attended and drew many compliments. One visitor being June Robinson, the recent national chair of the Arts Society, who complimented us on the Exhibition, and how it reflected the aims and ideals of the Society to reach into the community. You may have already seen the write up in the Herts Advertiser, but if not then there is a link to the article on the front page of this website.

As the Young Arts Representative for TASHE I have the pleasure of regularly seeing the excellent art work being done in Harpenden schools, so it is a pleasure to be able to share some examples with you here.


Christine Grant
Young Arts Coordinator