The Arts Society Oxford (TASO) Community Arts Projects sponsorship provides children and young people with a broad range of opportunities to engage with the visual arts. Previously known as Young Arts, it was started in 2011 and has supported a wide variety of projects for children of all ages and capabilities both directly, and indirectly through teacher training.

Initially TASO contributed about £900 per year for projects supporting a diverse range of young people through the arts.  The scope of our projects has grown with increasing confidence and experience.  With the recent doubling of the size of TASO we expect to receive about £2000 per year which will enable us to support either more projects or larger ones.

Applying for Funding from TASO

Before applying for funding, please read the following documents:
CAP Guidance to Applicants,

Charitable Giving Policy (2018)

Applications will only be considered by using the following form, downloadable here:

CAP Application Form


Community Arts Projects supported by TASO

2017 – The Highfield Unit

For 2017 in partnership with Artscape and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust we provided funding for a mural on the long fence around the Highfield unit in the Warneford Hospital. The Highfield unit provides specialist inpatient services for young people aged 11-18 with acute mental health needs. The open space enclosed by the fence provides a calm outdoor space. The project engaged the young people at all stages and started with design workshops. The artist, Dan Wilson, used shared ideas to develop a story board and from these the design took shape.


In the summer holidays Dan and a fellow artist Tom Webb painted and sprayed the fence. The young people had indoor workshops to design and paint five large pictures to complement the Mural. The results have been very well received with tremendous comments from parents, staff and most importantly the young people themselves.


2016 – Mosaic Project for Young People with Acute Mental Health Needs

We have recently funded a series of workshops (over the Easter break) for the design and production of a mosaic sculpture by residents of the Highfield Unit, a state-of-the-art NHS facility providing specialist in-patient services for young people aged 11 to 18 with acute mental health needs. This project, led by Becky Paton, a local mosaic artist also experienced in working with young people, has been completed, and the sculpture erected in the grounds of the unit for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future residents, and of staff members.

Initial design for the mosaic, and the finished product before being installed in the hospital grounds.

Initial design for the mosaicThe finished mosaic before being installedmoasic2









Previous Community Arts Projects supported by TASO

For full details of previous projects click here: Community Arts Projects Archive

2011 Art materials for  three Special Schools
2012/13 Primary schools

  • Summer transition programme primary to secondary for vulnerable children
  • Inset Training day for Primary teachers
  • Follow up projects with 3 Primary Schools
2014 Sixth Form Art Competition
  • Young teenage Carers Project
  • Children’s Hospital School Printing Workshops
  • NADFAS funding to repeat this project
2016 Secondary schools

  • Mosaic project at Adolescent Mental Health Unit
  • Artist-led workshops for collaborative Secondary School project (2 Oxford schools) pre GCSE course

We keep a photographic record of each project for our website and publicity purposes, taking care to ensure that we abide by regulations and host requirements concerning distribution of photographs of young and/or vulnerable people.  Below are photos with more details of some of the projects

For more information about Community Arts Projects nationally, visit The Arts Society,

For information about TASO Community Arts Projects activity, contact the Community Arts Representative via