East Sussex Decorative & Fine Arts Society
East Sussex Decorative & Fine Arts Society

Become a Friend of West Dean College  - exclusive offer ends 31st March 2016:
West Dean College has been looking at ways to work more closely with Sussex Area NADFAS and in order to acknowledge the value of the contribution we make annually to support a student studying there.  They are offering an exclusive opportunity to Sussex Area NADFAS memebrs to become College Friends of West Dean by 31st March 2016 and in so doing enter a draw, the prize for which will be the chance to win a personalised tour of West Dean House and Collection with one of their experts for up to four people with afternoon tea.

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Annuually NADFAS works in partnership with the RBA to provide young artists with an opportunity to have their work selected for exhibition in London.  A-level Students work is viewed by NADFAS memebrs and submitted to the RBA for consideration in their Sprint Exhibition in The Mall Galleries.
348 artworks including paintings, sculptures and ceramics were nominated across the country, of which 36 were selected.  One of the paintings nominated by West Sussex DFAS has been selected for inclusion in the exhibition 'Seated Angel' by Eleanor Bell from Farlington School.  This and all other selected works will be on display in two exhibitions
Rising Stars Exhibitions - 12th February to 10th March at Lloyds Register, 71 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 4BS from 10.00 to 17.00 weekdays only.
RBA's Spring Exhibition - 17th March to 2nd April at The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
click here to see all chosen artwork by young students:


Young Arts Projects are arts related activities sponsored or organised by the local Decorative & Fine Arts Societies. They can be for the benefit of individuals or a number of young people. In 2013 £162,153 was given to various arts projects across the country, involving over 20,600 children and young people.

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There is no set format for Young Arts Projects, instead, local Societies respond to local circumstances. A Society's involvement may be anything from sponsorship to hands-on organisation. Many involve partnerships with other local and national bodies. We have found that even a small grant can make a big difference. Projects cover a wide range of activities.

They include:

  • Artists in residence
  • Art lectures for students
  • Funding visits to art galleries and museums
  • Art exhibitions for young artists
  • Equipment purchases
  • Practical workshops
  • Local Arts Week events
  • Bursaries for individual students
  • Sponsorship for craft apprentices