It is the duty and the pleasure of TASWOX to support bringing the Fine Arts to young people. This brief has recently been expanded to include other groups who need support.

To this end, our programme for the last 18months has included:-

Enabling and publicising the work of the Batt School who, as a whole school project, and after suspending the curriculum, had each child create a hexagonal clay tile on the theme of praise. These tiles were then tessellated to form wall panels which now enliven the assembly hall, Some panels were previously exhibited in Cogges Museun where they were much appreciated. The project would have not been possible without the constant enthusiasm of the Head of Art and the contribution of the Artist in Residence.

Bartholomew School has a similarly innovative and energetic Head of Art who was instrumental in  finding an inspirational Artist in Residence to promote the potential of new materials in landscape depictions. The course was popular with students and resulted in some excellent art work.

We awarded a grant to a very promising A level student (Wood Green and Henry Box Schools Joint Sixth Form) who was going on to University to put his considerable talents to best use in studying Graphic Design.

In line with our enlarged remit we have supported new programmes run by the Chipping Norton Theatre both for disadvantaged young people and also those with dementia. There will be further reports on this development.

Each year Young Arts visits all the local schools’ exhibitions to view the work of A level students in July. This confirms the dedication of the staff and enthusiasm and skill of their charges, The Arts in West Oxfordshire are alive and continuing to do well.