Alton Decorative and Fine Arts Society

Young Arts


Alton College

Young Arts Projects - arts related activities for young people

Current Projects

ADFAS Scholarships at Alton College
ADFAS Scholarships at Alton College Nationally, over 60% of societies support arts projects for young people so we are in good company with our activities. Since 2001 we have provided bursaries for students undertaking the Arts Foundation Degree course at Alton College and our current Scholars are shown above.

Past Projects

Supporting the arts for talented youngsters

In 2016 the Art Department at Amery Hill School in Alton were very pleased to be able to purchase a printing press following the generosity of ADFAS, the Hampshire & IOW Area Committee of NADFAS along with an award from the NADFAS Patricia Fay Memorial Fund.

The GCSE Art & Design course allows students to experience a wide range of materials, techniques and processes over a two year period. The exam programme is made up of coursework (60%) and the final exam (40%). Any piece of coursework can be re-visited over the two years and improved, so that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Whilst talent is not the only pre-requisite for success, motivation, hard work, enthusiasm and patience are also needed! During the course smaller 'skills workshops' are run, where students create work in response to an Art department trip and this year they visited the Natural History and Pitt Rivers museums in Oxford for inspiration. Amery Hill students now have the opportunity to add printing to their portfolio of work, along with silk/glass painting, oil pastels, drawing, sculpture, clay construction, digital photography, mixed media and textiles.


Royal Association of British Artists - Rising Stars


In the summer of 2015 55 NADFAS Societies submitted some 348 images of original student work giving a real challenge for the Royal Society of British Artists Council members to pick a number of pieces which combined the highest levels of skill, expression and draughtsmanship. Alton Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) was amongst those fortunate to be included in the 17 societies whose submitted work was chosen for exhibition.


The work of two Alton College art students, Martha Dobson's Portrait of a Gentleman and Nathan Ward's Man with an Apple, were included in the exhibition shown at Lloyds Register Gallery in the City of London in February - March 2016. The pictures then transferred to the RBA's annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries during March & April 2016 where the work was displayed alongside that of professional artists.

This collaborative venture encourages a closer working relationship between societies, which tend to consist of mature folk interested in the arts, and those of a younger generation with similar interests. That ADFAS meets in Alton College and annually provides three bursaries for promising art students is part of this ethos.

Rowledge Primary School

We were very pleased to be able to help generate interest in the arts within the school community at Rowledge Primary School, a one form entry village school situated on the Hampshire/Surrey border.


The school places a high priority on learning opportunities, which promote children's development spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, whilst challenging them to become successful academically. In the Autumn of 2015 we helped fund the making of a wall mosaic which involved all of the children and staff. David Bowers, a community artist with considerable experience of working with schools & community groups led the project. The result is located on an outside wall where it provides a colourful welcome for visitors to the school. Pictures below are children form each year, Head Teacher Sarah Oliver, ADFAS Chairman Niven Baird who 'opened' the mosaic and committee member John Harrap who is associated with the school.

Sponsoring Treloar Arts Week 30 June - 4 July 2014
We are pleased to support the valuable work of the Treloar Trust with our involvement in their highly regarded Arts Week. The Treloar association with Alton started in 1907 when the then Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir William Purdie Treloar, set up a 'Cripples' Fund' as his mayoral appeal. His aim was to build a hospital and school outside the city for children with non-pulmonary tuberculosis. On June 13 of that year, he wrote in his diary that Her Majesty Queen Alexandra 'came to Mansion House to open the Queen's Fete in aid of my Cripples' Fund'.

In 1908, Sir William opened his school and hospital in Alton, Hampshire. Since then, Treloar’s has steadily grown and developed, becoming one of the country’s leading providers of education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training for disabled young people.

A Project with a local secondary school
The Art Department of Amery Hill School in Alton offered a wide-ranging programme of art activities to promote art both within and outside the school in the 2013 Summer Term. These included Continuing Professional Development sessions for local primary school staff comprising basic drawing skills, graffiti art, how to make a clay pot and silk painting; arranging two exhibitions featuring GCSE Art and a Primary Liaison / Lower School exhibition. Visiting artists providing sessions devoted to 3-D work, Fine Art, Photography and Glass; there were also art competitions for pupils and staff.
We particularly liked the involvement of Primary Schools that feed into Amery Hill School and helped with the provision of art materials. Applications to the Hampshire and IOW area of NADFAS and the Patricia Fay Memorial Fund administered at NADFAS House in London, resulted in the provision of two computer screens and photo-editing software from the former, whilst funding for additional visiting artist days were enabled from the latter. The staff remarked on the amazing creativity and enthusiasm observed during the project and they look forward to seeing this continue into lessons in the new term.

Support for two local Primary Schools
Back in 2006 we helped fund an artist to work with Chawton Primary School on a project associated with the Passion for Pattern exhibition at Alton's Allen Gallery. We also combined with others to help Anstey Junior School with a Summer Arts Project devoted to sculpture and dance.

Our very first outside involvement was to support Alton's Allen Gallery Millennium Project which comprised the creation of a The Dancing Girls - a bronze sculpture in the attractive courtyard garden of the gallery and an accompanying series of workshops for local children to understand the basics of sculpture from the creator of The Dancing Girls, the highly regarded Yorkshire sculptor, Roger Burnett.