For several years The Arts Society Blockley has been supporting Campden Edge, a local charity which promotes and develops the creative talents of children and young adults of Campden and the surrounding villages. The fund provides financial assistance to 8-26-year-olds who wouldn’t be able to afford these opportunities under normal circumstances. Previously, our society donated the profits from the raffle at our January lunch. As this event did not happen in 2021, we needed to find the funds elsewhere. A one-off grant of £250 from The Arts Society to local branches and a garden visit to a Broadway garden in the summer, enabled us to donate £550 to the charity. A chance conversation about the Arts Society donation resulted in a local music producer offering Campden Edge workshops free of charge.
After an excellent Zoom talk on art in prisons by Angela Finley in April 2021 we decided we would donate to an arts project within prisons. Further research led us to conclude that working with Koestler Arts was the way forward as they are experts in the field and have been doing this work since the 1960s. ‘The Art Society Blockley’ awards of £100 each will be given to entrants under 25 years of age in each category of painting, drawing, sculpture, writing and music. The Koestler organisation work with prisons and the entries are judged by professional artists of standing e.g. Grayson Perry. Koestler Arts encourage people in the criminal justice system to change their lives by participating in the arts. Koestler also help prisoners in a positive way after release.