The Society is keen to encourage art projects for young people and in 2017 has agreed to fund new initiatives in two local schools, one Primary, one Secondary, that are being progressed over this summer for completion in September.

We would be interested to hear about any art projects being planned by local schools and youth organisations in 2018 for which help with funding is needed, to see if we can assist.

Help for Budding Photographers - June 2016

The Society donated £600 for a two-day photography workshop with local videographer Adam Plowden to benefit all twenty-four Year 10 photography students at Glyn School, a Boys' Senior Academy School in Epsom. Twelve boys received a full day's training each day.

The boys were taught how to develop their ideas from conception to completion and were given a deeper understanding of professional photography through the application of technical camera settings and digital photo editing software. The locations for photography were in the school itself and various parkland sites in nearby Ewell Village.

To benefit other students in the future, the workshop also provided training for staff, showing them how to improve the resourcing and teaching of photography.

Images of the photography students at work and an example of the work produced can be seen in the Gallery section of the website.

MGSO4 Epsom and Ewell Arts Festival June 2016 - Schools' Jigsaw 'Our Town'

The Society was delighted to provide financial support for the 'Our Town' Schools' Jigsaw project that was part of the first ever Epsom and Ewell Arts Festival in June 2016.

The 8-ft tall Jigsaw is in the shape of Epsom and Ewell and each primary school in the Borough was asked to decorate one of the pieces of the Jigsaw on the theme of 'Our Town'. Interpretation of the theme could be as tenuous, conceptual or literal as desired. Equally, the design could be as abstract or representational as wished. The Jigsaw was installed on a wall at Epsom Library in the Ebbisham Centre at an unveiling ceremony on June 14 and is well worth a visit. The participating schools are to be congratulated on their splendid efforts.

Images of the Jigsaw can be seen in the Gallery section of the website.

Glyndebourne Competition for Young Artists

Now in its fourth year, Glyndebourne's Tour Art Competition offers emerging artists aged 16-30 the opportunity to design its the cover of its Tour Programme Book. All submitted artwork should take Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly as inspiration. Paintings, drawings, original prints, mixed media, photography and digital are all accepted media (video and sculpture are not eligible). The closing date for all entries is July 1st, 2016.  Full details of how to enter are available on the Glyndebourne website (click here). 

Art Books for Local Schools - January and February 2016

Through this campaign, members generously donated more than 130 art books which were distributed to senior and junior schools in Epsom and Ewell.

New art studio for St Martin's Junior School - July 2015

Pupils at St Martin's Junior School voted their new art studio "AWESOME".

Opened shortly before the end of the summer term, the studio is in use daily by children throughout the school for work on the art content of various subjects, and by the School's art club.

Two recent projects have been a large mural depicting extremes of weather which was done under the guidance of a visiting artist and "the wall of a cave" fashioned by pupils out of recycled materials then painted, ready for Neolithic style cave art to be added.

Epsom Decorative & Fine Arts Society provided £1,000 to equip the studio which provides a bright, spacious and well equipped space for the children to enjoy painting, drawing and modelling.

To see photos of the studio in use visit the Gallery section of the website.

Sponsorship of Young Musician - February 2015

In February 2015 we were delighted to support Krysztof Moskalewicz, a young prize winning pianist studying at the Guildhall School of Music, by engaging him to play classical music for us at our annual social event held at Epsom College. His performance was of a very high standard and was much enjoyed by the audience. Krysztof was delighted with the fee we paid him which he intended to use to help support him during his studies.

High fashion at Rosebery School funded by Epsom DFAS - July 2013

240 twelve and thirteen year old students designed and made fashion creations during a three day fashion designer project, with funding from Epsom Decorative & Fine Arts Society.

After visiting the Victoria & Albert Museum for a day to study costume design old and new the girls, working in small groups, designed and made a wide variety of fashion creations out of paper.

Ex-pupils of Rosebery School, now studying fashion design, textiles and related subjects acted as mentors.

The project proved to be educational, inspirational and great fun, and culminated in a fashion show in front of an ecstatic audience.

To see photos of the winner and the runner-up together with classmates and the Head of Art at Rosebery School, visit the Gallery section of the website.