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MGSO4 Epsom and Ewell Arts Festival June 2018 - 'Lost Words of Epsom' Competition for Children

The Arts Society Epsom is proud to again be a sponsor of the festival which this year is seeking entries from children aged 8 to 16 who are invited to submit an illustration, poem, or both, inspired by one of eight 'lost words' from the seventeenth century used at the height of Epsom's popularity as a spa town.  The eight words describe the creatures and activities of Epsom Common where the original well was sited.

The winning entries will be published in a special book. Poems and illustrations of winners and selected entries will be exhibited at the festival.

For further details please visit www.mgso4festival.org


New Art Work in Local Schools - 2017

During 2017 The Arts Society Epsom was delighted to fund and support two art initiatives at local schools, one secondary and one primary.

Blenheim High School in Epsom celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2017 and wishing to commemorate this, the students of all years were asked to interpret the event in the form of large murals, which they designed and painted. The completed works are now on permanent display around the school. The Society provided the funds for all the materials needed to complete the murals.

Danetree Junior School in West Ewell, was undergoing reorganisation and building work, which meant they would be able to have a dedicated Music Room. The Society was able to provide the funds for a local artist, Becci Kenning, to hold two workshops for the children in which they had great fun generating ideas and then providing the artwork for a music themed mural to be displayed in the new room. The artist scanned and collated their work into a 6.5m x 2.4m mural, which has been digitally printed and installed now the building work is completed.  All the pupils, who particularly enjoy being able to spot their own contributions, are now enjoying the Music and Rhythm Mural.


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.


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.