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

Young Arts Groups are Society based. Volunteers organise regular arts related activities for members aged 8-18. Young Arts Groups usually meet about once a month and a typical programme might include practical, creative workshops and gallery visits.

Young Arts Projects

The Arts Societies conduct a wide range of Young Arts Projects ranging from running arts awards to funding artists in residence in primary schools.

Totnes Activities

Last year we were pleased to sponsor ‘The People’s Choice Award’ for the inaugural exhibition of Young Art Devon, giving vouchers for Hobbycraft to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners.

Following its hugely successful first year the exhibition returned in 2019 and we have agreed to sponsor  the ‘People’s Choice’ again. All money raised is donated to the charity’s Kids & Teens appeal as part of Cancer Research UK, which exclusively funds research into children’s cancers. The theme for this year is Our World and all Devon schools have been sent information on how to take part.  The exhibition took place on the weekend of 3-5th May at Torre Abbey, Torquay.  Over 400 young artists from local schools had their work exhibited and over £2000 has been raised for Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens.  The winners of the 'People’s Choice Award' were 1st Maizy, aged 7; 2nd Archie aged 6 and 3rd Amelie aged 14.  Pictures of the winning works can been seen in Gallery.  For more information visit

We are currently in contact with The Apricot Centre with a view to sponsoring 10 young people to explore and express themselves in an art form using natural and batik dyes. The Apricot Centre is a commercial farm and well-being centre that works with our local community by providing farm based volunteering, children’s workshops, traditional arts and crafts courses, land based training and a well-being service as well as providing our community with organic, bio dynamic vegetables grown on their farm in a weeklt veg box scheme. This project will fund 10 disadvantaged young people to attend supervised sessions and will result in a piece of art that will be on display at the Apricot Centre at a date to be anounced.

In addition we are contributing to the bursary award scheme at The Dartington International Summer School which offers places to over 100 young students who would otherwise not be able to attend due to financial constraints.  The experience at Dartington allows them to improve their musical ability through access to first class tuition with experienced professionals; benefit from living, working and performing alongside peers at different levels of experience; develop career progression opportunities from networking with leading musicians in their field and gain professional performance experience in front of a supportive audience.