Young Arts

Young Arts volunteers fundraise and give grants to arts projects for children and young people in their local area. In a time of cuts and changes to the national curriculum, this has never been more important. This group of volunteers aims to give more children and young people access to the arts.

Working with schools and local community groups, Young Arts volunteers support a wide range of projects.  They are passionate about the benefits that creativity and arts education can bring to children in early life and adolescence.

If anyone would like to suggest suitable Young Arts Projects, please contact the Young Arts Representative, Mary Utton, by email:

Image: Presentation of cheque for £350 to Liskeard Silver Band for the purchase of training cornets.

Young Arts Projects 2019

Year 10 and Year 11 GCSE Artwork Exhibition

This year we have worked with the local secondary schools and concentrated on promoting the artwork of talented Year 10 (15 year old) and Year 11 (16 year old) GCSE students.  The schools that chose to participate were: Liskeard School and Community College; Looe Academy; Community School; Torpoint Community College.

Initially the Heads of Art from each of the schools submitted photographs of their students’ high quality work and from these Pat Francis from our society along with Anne Wroath, a retired Head of Art from Tavistock, chose thirty pieces they felt were exceptional.  We then asked the Heads of Art to gather the relevant pieces of artwork ready for exhibition.

Mary Utton, Chair of Liskeard Arts, remarked, “Young Arts is an important area of work for the Society.  By profiling young people’s exceptional artwork we aim to inspire them with a lasting enthusiasm for the arts”.

Feedback from the public was very positive. People commented on the very impressive work by extremely talented young artists, the breadth and diversity of the artwork on show and the young people’s imagination. The overall feeling was that this was a brilliant and enjoyable exhibition with work well presented but most importantly it has given students a lovely chance to have their work exhibited in public.

Thanks must go to David of ‘More Than Art’, a picture framer in Saltash, who donated his time to mount many of the students’ work so that their work took on a professional look for display.

Presentation of certificates and awards was made at the Liskeard Arts meeting on 12th November 2019.  Photographs of the students’ work and of the presentation can be found in the Gallery 6 section of the website.


Funds for Liskeard Silver Band to purchase Training Cornets

Liskeard Arts invited Liskeard Silver Band to their December meeting to receive a cheque for £350.  Roy Shufflebotham, leader of the junior training band, commented, “We rely on donations and are very grateful to Liskeard Arts for their generous gift, which will purchase cornets for junior band members.”

The Band has been in existence for over 190 years, playing a prominent part in many town events.  It welcomes learners from as young as age 7 and provides instruments on loan, as well as music and tuition free of charge.

Mary Utton, Chair of Liskeard Arts remarked, “We are only too pleased to support a range of worthy Young Arts causes such as this.  It’s important for musically inclined children to have an opportunity to learn an instrument”.