In December 2014, thanks to the generous support of Needwood DFAS, 32 Year 9 students from The Pingle School in Swadlincote visited The School of Art and Design at Loughborough University. A similar visit to The Derby University Arts Centre with another group of students was planned for January 2015. The objective of these visits being to stimulate interest and inspire the Yr 9 students to see what is available to the them through the medium of fine art,textiles, animation, ceramics and much more.

The students were inspired by the vast facilities that the Universities had to offer, and the many art and design courses that were available when thinking about their future careers. It is to be hoped that the take up for GCSE Art Courses will increase as a result of the heightened awareness these visits have provided. We have also been able to assist the A Level Art Students with their project on Cultures by enabling them to hire African Masks. Mrs Vivien Sharples, the Headteacher, has written a letter of thanks to the Needwood DFAS in which she says,” You have helped to raise awareness, inspire students and promote a passion for Art, which will be with our young people all their lives. For this I am grateful.” Thank you to all the members of Needwood DFAS who buy a raffle ticket at each lecture. It has enabled us to support a very worthwhile Young Arts project.

Sheila Woods