North Staffordshire Decorative & Fine Arts Society -  YOUNG ART

    our commitment to support, promote and encourage artistic talents in children.



We are sad to report that this year we have nobody from our members to volunteer to   help promote support for any Young Art project.



At the very successful Make Your Mark 2017 Young Art Exhibition, Birmingham May 2017.  Successful entries from students of Newcastle-under-Lyme College and (left of photo) Emma Joustra, our retiring Young Art Representative.    Our thanks go to Emma for her help and enthusiasm to uphold and support our objectives for Young Artists.  A talented artist in her own right.  



Sponsored entries for Art students from Newcastle-under-Lyme College NADFAs / Royal Society of British Artists (Birmingham).

              Work by Charlotte Bromley 


          Work by  Lydia Cheung 


     Work by Lewis Walker  

     Work by Nicole Goodwin 


Emma Joustra and Sheila Fernyhough have established links with Newcastle-under-Lyme College and the art tutor Chris Bird

Emma and Sheila visited the College during May 2015 to see the end of year A level Fine Art.  With Chris Bird they chose two pieces of work to be considered for the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.


                                                                       Chairman, Margaret Thompstone


The standard of work is very high, which was wonderful to see and is shown here in "YA Gallery"         

The students with the chosen entries receive cash prizes of £100 and £50 respectively, and the College Art department was given a voucher for £100 by NorthStaffsDFAS to be spent on art supplies.

At a Private View day at the Newcastle College, on Friday 19th June, the prizes were presented by our Chairman, Margaret Thompstone.

Winning work put forward by NADFAS societies will be judged by RBA President, James Horton and his fellow council members with successful entries to be displayed in the Mall Galleries for two weeks in March 2016, as well as the Lloyds Register Gallery in the City of London in February.

Shortlisted students will have the title RBA scholar during the show and receive an invitation to the Private View at the Mall galleries, as well as receiving a certificate.  The NADFAS John Ingram Memorial Prize will be awarded for an exceptional piece of work.

Presentation was made to:-


                        Elinor Fox    (£100)                                                   Hazel Mason    (£50)



         Margaret, Hazel, Elinor, Chris & Sheila                     Head of College (Karen Dobson) with Sheila 



        -   Record of past Young Arts Activities:-


Our Young Art Representataive is Emma Joustra
Emma is a local artist in her own right. 
She has recently been appointed as one of the judges for :-
                    The United Kingdom Children's Fine Art Exhibition
This has international repute and associated with "Lidice Shall Live"   [Czech Republic]
North StaffsDFAS is pleased to offer support to this initiative.   Contribution:  £500


YA Representative:        Anne Barrett
YA Recipients:               Christ Church Primary School,  Fenton.
Project:                          African Art   -  wax batik painting
Artist / Project Leader:   Debbie Todd
NSDFAS contribution:    £250


YA Representative:                             Anne Barrett
YA Recipients:                                     Madeley School
Project:                                                Olympic Art 
Artist / Project Leader: 
NSDFAS contribution:                        £250

YA Representative:                            Anne Barrett
YA Recipients:                                   Barlaston C.E. (VC) First School
Project:                                              Stained Glass Window Making
Artist / Project Leader:                      Joanne Cuffley
NSDFAS contribution:                       £250


YA Recipients:                              Parish Chourch of St.John the Baptist, Barlaston.
Project:                                         Music, Art & Drama - Supply of Art Materials
Artist / Project Leader                   Ashley Mellor
NSDFAS contribution                   £150

YA Representative:                         Viv Mills
YA Recipient:                                  Joanna Lam (a talented young pianist from Newcastle)
Project:                                            To subsidise a Summer School place at Cheetham's Music School, Manchester.
                                                        This was taken on as a personal project by Chairman, Munroe Blair
NSDFAS contribution:                     £250


YA Representative:                           Viv Mills
YA Recipients:                                  The Willows Primary School, Penkhull.
Project:                                              "Fuzzy Felts" - Art & Design with Felt
Artist / Project Leader:                      Sarah Steele (local Art Graduate)
NSDFAS contribution:                       £200




YA Representative:                           Viv Mills
YA Recipients:                                  Friarswood C.P. School, Newcastle.
Project:                                             Ceramic Mosaic Map of Africa - representing the school twinning in Goredema, Africa
Artist / Project Leader:                      Philip Hardaker
NSDFAS contribution:                      £200


YA Representative:                               Viv Mills
YA Recipients:                                      The Coppice Special School, Newcastle.
Project:                                                  Ceramic Mosaic Plaque
Artist / Project Leader:                          Philip Hardaker
NSDFAS contribution:                           £200


YA Representative:            Munroe Blair
YA Recipient:                     Rob Pointon (aged 23)
Project:                               Stoke-on-Trent "Open Art Exhibition" at The Potteries Museum, Hanley.
                                           Judged the winner, Rob was presented with his award by Mary Lovatt
NSDFAS contribution:        £100  


Rob is now an accomplished artist in his own right. Above right, at work in a potbank........... !