Marsh Award for Arts Society Committee of the Year

This Award was set up to recognise the collective and voluntary achievements of committee members who have established and driven the activities of the societies, through great dedication and creative ways of engaging with members of the community.

Nominations for the Award are put forward by local societies and are judged by a panel consisting of Arts Society and MCT representatives.

Wrekin Arts Society 2018

The Society Committee of the Wrekin Group, in Shropshire, has made an impressive revival since being in decline seven years ago. They have transformed into a thriving Society with 300 members, building links with local museums, churches and charitable trusts and making a positive difference to the local arts and heritage community through donations that exceed £8,000 a year.

They have also developed a professional lecture programme for the general public, active heritage volunteering and church recording groups and a wide-ranging Young Arts programme which brings together state and private schools.

Take a look at this short film for more about this winning Society.


Previous Winners

Sandwich DFAS and Macclesfield DFAS

Sandwich DFAS has made an incredible achievement by reviving their society from ‘the brink of collapse’ and revamping their programme of activities to engage with a larger and more diverse audience. The committee has run more taster lectures, brought engaging speakers to events, changed the format of their lectures, offered reduced membership rates for young people and promoted and gained more publicity about their activities.

Highly Commended
Macclesfield DFAS is another successful society which is being run by a committee without a Chairman or Vice Chairman. Through the collective efforts of the committee they are managing to run a number of activities including Young Arts programmes, heritage volunteering with local museums and a range of lectures and study days for the community.