Young Arts score highly in Walton primary schools

Children from two local primary schools, Bell Farm and Burhill, have emerged as winners in the National Chairman’s Young Arts Competition 2017. Its theme – ‘Precious’- was reflected in an ingeniously diverse range of 33 artworks including sculptures, drawings, photographs, pottery and collages.

The winners in the 8-10 Years Category were six Year 5 children attending Burhill Primary School who had submitted a group entry of Queen Victoria’s Crown forming a mosaic of nine decorated tiles. Also successful were two 11 year old pupils from Bell Farm Primary School who were Highly Commended for their entries – a colourful sculpture of a baby and an intricate treasure chest.

This was the first time local schools participated in the National Chairman’s Young Arts Competition and we are delighted with their success and the quality of the artworks produced. Our congratulations to everybody involved in this project.

May 11th – Photography as Fine Art

Our next lecture is by Brian Slater who is talking on ‘Photography as Fine Art’ in Hersham Village Hall on 11 May at 2:30pm.

Should we accept that the very best photographs can be regarded as Fine Art? This question is at the heart of a lecture which argues that photography can equal, not to say excel, more traditional disciplines in the key genres of portraiture, landscape and still life. Photography, moreover, has carved its own area of excellence in depicting the human condition. All these ideas are discussed with reference to the work of some of the acknowledged masters of photography, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Fay Goodwin, Bill Brandt, Ansel Adams and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Brian Slater’s chief interests lie in photography, architecture and history and he combines all three in his lecturing career. He has taught at University College London since 1997 and became an Art Society lecturer in 2003. He is a member of the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography and an exhibition of his own photographs has been staged at UCL.

The Arts Society

NADFAS is changing its name to ‘The Arts Society’ on 17 May 2017 and following an extensive internal review and discussion the Committee decided to recommend changing the name of our society from ‘Walton & Hersham Decorative and Fine Arts Society (WHDFAS)’ to ‘The Arts Society Walton’. In line with this decision our new website is called and we are excited by the fact that it will be one of the first in the country to go live with the new name, design and logo.

April 2017 News


  • The talk on the 8 June has had to moved a week later to 15 June because of election day. It is in the same place, Hersham Village Hall, at the same time, 2:30 pm.
  • A coffee morning for new members is confirmed for 11:00am at Hersham Village Hall on 10 May.

Sidney Sime
  • There is an exhibition called The Art of Sidney Sime, Artist and Philosopher at The Lightbox Gallery, Woking from 15 April 2017 to 28 May 2017.
  • The Mount Felix Tapestry which was sponsored by our Young Arts is being exhibited at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre from 12 April to 14 May. See our Young Arts page.
  • The Committee is considering holding half-day Special Interest Days in future. Feedback from members would be welcomed.

2016 Lectures

January Eveline Eaton gave an excellent talk about “Dresden Today – Art and Architecture”. The talk was a good introduction to Dresden for those who went on our Dresden tour.
February Pamela Halford gave a very good talk about the artists Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt. We would like to aplogise to our members for the problem with the projector. This was not the fault of the speaker and has now been repaired.
March Dominic Riley gave an outstanding talk on “The Book as Art – Form and Function in Creative Book Structures”.
April Peter Medhurst gave an excellent talk titles title “I am the very model: Parodies of Victorian Society”.
May Dr Twigs Way gave an excellent talk titled “Gardens in Wartime Art:Patriotism and Renewal” to an audience of 137 members.
June Barry Venning gave an excellent talk titled “A Child of 6 could do it” to an audience of 146 members.
July Sarah Kelly gave a good talk on Breughal’s scenes of country life to an audience of 126 members and guests.
September Toby Faber gave an excellent talk on “Cremona and the Golden Age of Violin Making”. The 134 members present felt he was a very welcoming speaker.
October Angela Findlay gave an excellent talk on “The Role of Art in the Cycle of Crime, Prison and Re-Offending” to an audience of 148 members and guests.
November Jon Cannon gave a detailed talk on “The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces: Religious Architecture of the World” to an audience of 149 members and 10 guests.
December The Festival Supper this year was given by Bertie Pearce on “Wonder Worker and the Art of Illusion” to 82 members who thoroughly enjoyed the event.

Copyright The Arts Society Walton, 2017
Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal), A View of Walton Bridge, 1754, by permission of the trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery, London