Marsh Group Award for Volunteering with NADFAS
This Award is run in association with The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS). The Award recognises a group of volunteers from some of the organisations’ 365 local societies across the UK, working to help conserve the decorative and fine arts in their local area.
NADFAS is a leading arts charity which opens up the world of the arts through a network of local Societies and national events.
Pictured: The opening of the Farnham Schools Art Exhibition, organised by the 2016 Award Winners Farnham DFAS
The 2016 winner is Farnham DFAS
The Farnham Decorative Fine Arts Society was recognised for their work with young people and the arts.
The Society ran a Schools’ Art Exhibition in 2015 for two weeks where a range of around 20 schools were invited to contribute work to the exhibition, which was then viewed by hundreds of visitors. In the end there were over 400 exhibits to catalogue and mount and 5 professional judges were invited to award prizes in a number of categories, which were then presented by the Farnham Town Mayor. The exhibition is the only one in the area bringing together schools, students and families to share and celebrate creative art at a local level and is therefore a major community resource. It gives a huge confidence boost to the young people involved on an individual level and increases the awareness of the need for art in schools.
The group have already successfully launched two church trails and more are in the pipeline. The church trails take children and young people on a guided tour of exploration and discovery of the church and its environs, as a basis for the wider understanding of the crafts and history of their local area, as well as their links with and roots into their past.
The group have also held training sessions in the arts for teachers with the aim of improving the teachers’ abilities to teach art and in doing so benefitting the children they teach. Since the level of art included in the curriculum is declining, the group are working to ensure that art is encouraged in schools and the wider community.
Due to the high standard of nominations this year, the panel decided to recognise a Highly Commended winner:
The Budleigh Salterton Society was named Highly Commended for their running of an innovative project which engages local school children to write and illustrate stories about their town which are then exhibited in various locations across the town. The society has been able to encourage a great number of young people to realise that they could fulfil their creative abilities successfully and with great enjoyment.
Pictured above: Charles Micklewright (MCT Trustee) and Kate Siebert (NADFAS Trustee) with the representatives from Farnham DFAS and Budleigh Salterton DFAS
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