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. 


Three pupils from Sheffield Girls School have been selected for the RBA / Arts Society A Level Art Competition for 2020.    

Alice Pun, ‘Urban Landscape'. This picture will be exhibited at the Mall Galleries in July 2020 and also at the ROSL Galleries and is one of 20 chosen. This picture is shown alongside.

Two other art works from Sheffield Girls School have also been chosen to be shown at the ROSL Galleries out of a total of 21 chosen. These pictures may be viewed in our gallery.

They are:

Charlotte Wattam, ‘Behind the mask’

Demi Gao, ‘Tea Drinking’

This year over 200 works were submitted so the RBA council had difficult choices to make. 

We congratulate all three pupils and Karen Andrews, Head of Art Department, Sheffield Girls School.

During 2019 Sheffield had another winner in the joint competition organised for A Level pupils by The Arts Society and The Royal Society of British Artists. Abigail Morton of Sheffield Girls School, formerly the High School, was chosen as a winner out of 247 works submitted by 36 Societies.

Abigail received a Star Certificate and the other 6 entries from Meadowhead School and 8 entries from Sheffield Girls School received an RBA entry certificate.

Abigail’s picture ‘Parents’ was exhibited at the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL), St James, London W1 and afterwards at the RBA’s annual show at the Mall Galleries.


The Arts Society Sheffield presented Xueze Zhang with a Bursary of £400 on Wednesday 6th March 2019. Xueze, who likes to be called Frigga by her friends and colleagues, is a second year Metalwork and Jewellery student at the University of Hallam, Sheffield. The brief was Designing for Clients. She designed a vessel with Antonio Carluccio in mind.  The vessel represents his love of cooking. The cheese knife, in the shape of a mushroom represents his love of cheese and foraging for mushrooms.  The handle of the cheeseknife is made of twig like wood as Antonio loved to whittle sticks.   Metalwork and Jewellery Department, University of Hallam.

The presentation was attended by Li Fuming, a wellknown Chinese silversmith and Chris Knight senior lecturer of University of Hallam, Sian Brown, Museums Sheffield, Harriette Lilley, Chair of The Arts Society Sheffield and Denise Hall, Young Arts representative of The Arts Society Sheffield

The Bursary has been running since 2004, originally with The Arts Society NE Area then jointly with The Arts Society Hallamshire.  Since 2016 only with The Arts Society Sheffield and each piece becomes part of Museums Sheffield Designated Metalwork Collection. A representative of Museums Sheffield choose the winning student and the present winning piece is displayed in the foyer of The Millennium Gallries Sheffield.

Another student is in the process of being chosen for 2019 and the project will be Designing for a Good Future.  The students must take into consideration the well being of one of the following:

* Environment – sustainability

* Social – society

* Mind – mental health

* Body – physical health

There may be crossovers in these themes.

The design will be called ‘Future Domestic’ a modest silver vessel or serving implement suitable for purpose in 2074