The Arts Society Solihull is committed to work with the young to inspire them with a lasting enthusiasm for the arts.

At a time when schools are increasingly under pressure financially and from competing curriculum demands our involvement and generosity to Young Arts has never been more important.

In recent years we have sponsored numerous Young Arts Projects in local schools which have included funding ‘artists in residence’, storytellers, dance groups and music workshops.

A few years ago our Young Arts co-ordinator became involved in working with Blossomfield Infant School in Solihull on a sculpture project (pictured right) designed by the pupils to stand in the entrance garden to the school.

In 2013 we were happy to support Yorkswood Primary School in a project to create a wall hanging for the school foyer. This involved having the children create pictures under the direction of artists Barbara Fidoe and Lesley Whelan, depicting items related to the school and its locality. The pictures were then screen-printed onto material then attached to quilting in a patchwork fashion.

Since Blossomfield and Yorkswood, we have donated £2000 to Lighthall school for two separate art projects to decorate their new extension. They plan to have a fabric hanging pennant and wall sculpture welcoming people to the school.

Last year we donated £2000 to Reynalds Cross special school for a sensory wall.

Recently, we donated prizes totalling £400 to an art competition organised by The Arts Society West Midlands Area. We are delighted to have had three local sixth form artists  appear as  finalists in the "Make your mark" competition, even more so when one of those finalists, Amy Mitchell-Meads from Solihull School, was adjudged the winner.  This was announced at the Royal Birmingham Society of Arts Gallery on Monday 15th May.

Our latest collaboration is with Knowle C of E Primary Academy, funding two artists, Lesley Whelan and Barbara Fidoe, in a new project entitled 'The Fruits of the Spirit'.