The Arts Society provides children and young people with exciting opportunities to get involved in creative arts activities. Our work with young people builds a lasting enthusiasm for the arts and an awareness of arts heritage and its conservation. 

On 4th June 2018, Michael Banks, former Chairman of the Arts Society Sheffield presented a cheque of £400 to the 2017/2018 winner of the Silver Bursary Award to Anne (Hanyao Lin) who has designed a vessel for Valerie Hunter Gordon, the inventor of the disposable nappy. The vessel is displayed in the Millennium Gallery near the café. The acompanying photo was taken at the presentation. 
The Silver Bursary started in 2003 – seems an awful long time ago – initially with North East Area of The Arts Society then in 2013 with the Arts Society Sheffield and The Arts Society Hallamshire. It is for second year students in the Jewellery and Metalwork degree course of Sheffield Hallam Unviersity.

Their project brief is called ‘Designing for Clients’ each student makes a presentation about an object they wish to make. Originally they were expected to design a piece for an imagined client and outline their specific needs.
From 2007 the students were each assigned a specific well known person from the past or present as their client.  They are expected to research this person in detail and illustrate how the object matchs their personality or interests.
The judges include their course tutor, Chris Knight and a representative from Museums Sheffield
The winners finished piece becomes part of Museums Sheffield’s Designated Metalwork Collection.
Already another student has been chosen for 2018/2019, Frigga (Xueze Chang) who is designing a vessel for Antonio Carluccio.

Please remember a date for your diaries – September 7th – 9th 2018 when, thanks to the Millennium Galleries, and as part of The Arts Society’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, we are planning an exhibition of young Sheffield arts and crafts makers work (from 11 – 25 years) entitled ‘Treasures, Jewels, Sparkles and Special Things’. There will be more updates as soon as we have them.