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

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.

2016 Joint schools project for pre GCSE students

Young Arts funded a series of workshops in June 2016 for a secondary school project, based on family trees, in which St Gregory the Great Catholic School and the Oxford Academy worked together. This was the first time the 2 schools had undertaken a collaborative project.JointSchoolsProject2016



The students’ work was guided by Claudia Figueredo, a local artist who specialises in working with young people (and who provided expert guidance and an injection of creativity into our previous Hospital School project).  The project concluded with an exhibition as part of their end of year Art display at each of the schools in July.

2016 Oxfordshire Arts Teachers  (OAT)

A small donation was made to the annual conference of OAT in July 2016, a day which brings together secondary art teachers across Oxfordshire to share ideas and try new approaches. Our funding enabled an artist to undertake a variety of creative mini workshops with participating teachers.

2015 Children’s Hospital School Printing Workshops

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The Children’s Hospital at the John Radcliffe had received a heating press as a donation. Young Arts sponsored a series of artist led sessions available to all children who attended the school. They created colourful designs which were printed onto small articles for them to take away – T shirts, phone cases, bags, pillow cases. An additional benefit was in teachers gaining the skills to design and experiment with the heat press. The Hospital School and Young Arts were delighted with the outcome. A successful application was made for central NADFAS funds to repeat the project.

2014 Sixth Form Art Competition among 9 Oxford Secondary Schools

Leah with her winning workSixth Form Competition Highly CommendedSixth form students submitted their work to be judged by Peter Rhoades, Tutor in Fine Art at Christ Church.

From over 40 entries, a Winner (shown here with her entry ‘Hands’) and 4 Highly Commended were selected. OxDFAS Young Arts gave Commendations to 2 additional works. All were on display at the North Wall in Summertown for a week, culminating in a presentation of prizes.

2012 Inset Training day for Primary Teachers

Young Arts Inset Day 2013-2Twenty two Oxford primary teachers, with lead responsibility for art, attended an artist led study day, drawing on ideas from the Oxford environment. Young Arts subsequently sponsored 3 follow up projects in individual primary schools, after teachers had submitted bids to develop ideas from the study day. The children drew on their immediate school environment to produce creative works in a variety of media.