THE ARTS SOCIETY STIRLING & FORTH VALLEY
THE ARTS SOCIETY STIRLING & FORTH VALLEY

The Arts Society provides children and young people with exciting opportunities to get involved in creative arts activities. Our work with young people builds a lasting enthusiasm for the arts and an awareness of arts heritage and its conservation.

Young Arts opportunities are organised by individual Societies. Some Societies have on-going Young Arts Groups while others fund one-off Young Arts Projects.

Young Arts Groups are society based and volunteers organise arts-related activities for members aged 8 to 18.

The Arts Society supports a wide range of young arts projects ranging from running arts awards to funding artists in residence in primary schools. Productive partnerships have been developed with the local education authorities and secondary schools, Forth Valley College and the Art Collection at Stirling University. For the third year Portfolio Development workshops targeting senior school pupils were held at Stirling University and led by a tutor from Forth Valley College. Competition is fierce to gain a place at art school and these weekend workshops were aimed at improving access to further and higher education. The sessions were an opportunity for talented senior pupils to engage in drawing activities that gave them freedom to express themselves, enhance their artistic vocabulary and develop their confidence for interview and arrival at college.

This initiative culminated in selected work being showcased in an exhibition hosted by Stirling University Art Collection. Once again pupils and teachers evaluated the experience very positively and it is hoped that this will be an annual event in the local education calendar.

For the past two years The Arts Society has organized a poster competition in local primary schools. The society commissions a working artist to work with P7 pupils to design a poster to promote our lectures. An exhibition is held to display the pupils' work and certificates are awarded. For this season another poster competition will be organised.

The pictures illustrate the primary poster competition which took place in St Andrew's PS Falkirk  on 30th Oct. and 6th Nov. 2017. The artist commissioned by TAS to work with P7 pupils is Laura Newbury and the inspiration was the work of Paul Gauguin. 

A painting will be chosen for the poster at the next committee meeting and there will be an exhibition of all the paintings at the Dec. lecture.

 

ARTiculation 

The Arts Society has been invited to attend this annual competition funded by The Roche Court Educational Trust in The University of Stirling. Senior pupils from all over Scotland compete by giving a ten minute talk on a piece of art/sculpture which has inspired or influenced them. An adjudicator then judges the talks and a winner is announced.