Young Arts Projects and Children’s Trails

Every year, many thousands of young people across the country benefit from Young Arts Projects and Groups which are initiated and supported by The Arts Society. As an educational charity, one of the aims of The Arts Society is to encourage young people to become involved in arts projects; to be aware of our arts heritage and to inspire a lasting enthusiasm for it.

This has been a busy year for Young Arts as The Arts Society Cheltenham has supported three Young Arts projects in our local area.  St Mark’s CofE Junior School shares its golden anniversary with The Arts Society and in January we supported a commemorative mosaic for the School’s reception area. All the children took part in a competition to design the mosaic and several children created it, guided by a mosaicist.

We supported The Butterfly Garden again this year and in February, facilitated a three-day exhibition of students’ work at The Gardens Gallery.  The event was very successful and much enjoyed by the students!  If you would like to know more about the BFG, please visit or better still, go to the BFG and witness the incredible work that is going on there and visit the café!

Our third Young Arts project was with Gloucestershire Young Carers, a charity which supports young people between the ages of eight and twenty-four who care for, or help to care for, a parent or sibling.  Over two evenings in March, teenage Young Carers had fun creating collages, with the support of an artist.


Children’s Trails (CTs) Children’s Trails are designed for children between the ages of 8 and 12 to encourage them to explore places of worship.  The Trails  can be done with teachers or parents and the purpose is to introduce young people to their architecture, art and history.

 Sue Marlow and I are currently creating a Children’s Trail at Cheltenham Minster St Mary’s. This is a hugely interesting project and we envisage schools and families enjoying the Trail in the near future.

Patricia Youngson