Marsh Award Winners 2020 & our GLA Winner

Every year the Marsh Christian Trust recognises some of the outstanding contributions made by volunteers of The Arts Society in the field of heritage conservation and arts education. Brian Marsh OBE, Chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust, comments:

We are pleased to once again be working with the Arts Society to recognise volunteers across societies both in the UK and internationally who are committed to helping to conserve and promote the decorative and fine arts in their local communities. the Awards were first presented in 2013, we have been able to celebrate the work of a great range of volunteers doing some incredible work, and I would sincerely like to pass on my congratulations to this year’s winners.

See The Arts Society website for the whole list 

Heritage Volunteering
Rosalie Gowlland, The Arts Society Greater London Area

Rosalie is a dedicated Volunteer of many years and is the Heritage Volunteering Area Representative for Greater London, an Area with many diverse projects being delivered by many volunteers drawn from Societies. Originally this role was shared by two people but since the other volunteer stepped down Rosalie has covered it on her own.

Rosalie is very interested in Heritage, enjoys her role and successfully inspires people to volunteer and matches them to suitable projects. She is careful to try and include people from all the Societies in the Area so that they all have the opportunity to participate.

Rosalie handled the recruitment of a large number of volunteers for the substantial and complex Parliamentary Archives project and helped with the discussions at Westminster to agree the process that all would follow.

She is patient, supportive and enthusiastic with all volunteers, a great all-rounder and always cheerful and positive.  

The Greater London Area members are thrilled that Rosalie has received this prestigious award.

Royal School of Needlework

Royal School of Needlework Degree Student Lucy Martin joined forces with the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) as part of their #CreatorsAssemble project. Lucy, who studies on the three year BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery Degree Programme at Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, has created a 20cm heart template with the National Health Service logo and encouraged people of any level of embroidery and age to stitch the NHS letters and to hang the completed work in their window.

The ethos of the design was to create a piece which employs the traditional skills of hand embroidery combined with showing love and solidarity to NHS staff at this unprecedented time affecting everyone around the United Kingdom and the world. Hand embroidery can be soothing and therapeutic during troubling times, encouraging calm, focused work and inducing a relaxed state of mind.

Lucy said: “Right now, creativity matters more than ever! I was so honoured to be leading this exciting challenge for the RSN Degree and UCA. In creating the NHS heart, I was inspired by the love that our NHS staff show towards their patients 24 hours a day, particularly at this difficult time when most have never experienced such a situation before. Everyone can take part, adults, children, families, no matter their stitch ability, using any materials they have at home.

Lucy was a recipient of a Greater London Area Bursary.

To look Forward to.....

For many years the Greater London Area has supported makers at Cockpit are some of may be interested in their work; please use their websites to find out more

Guilia Manzoni 

Giulia is an Italian Mosaicist and her creation are of high-quality and application of technique, thanks to her broad skill set in mosaic restoration, bespoke architectural mosaic such as marble mosaic floors, and contemporary mosaic.


Jewellery designer and silversmith Meron Wolde combines dramatic texture and contours with elaborate form working in recycled silver and gold drawing inspiration from her background growing up in Sweden and her Eritrean roots.Meron Wolde


Kendall WyattClarke......Contemporary 2D and 3D woven and painted textiles for exhibition and installation.

Amazing textiles made by Kendall Wyatt-Clarke, an awardee of The Arts Society at Cockpit Arts. See more of her work at 


Unravelled Art---Something to look forward to!!!

The art programme at the London Wetland Centre, which has now been renamed Wetlands Unravelled, is now open.

 Anne Deeming, the artist that the Greater London Area Arts Society supported, is showing her work Whether It changes anything. Weather— it changes everything  

Over the past months Anne developed her ideas and made models of the final works. She made 5 sculptural pieces which are installed in the water and on the land on the west route of the site.  Visually the sculptures take their language from a number of sources – man made buildings, boats, hides, water buoys to create a range of objects that look vaguely familiar and recognisable, but aren’t. 

Here are some of the models Anne has been experimenting with, and the finished work  


look at the Wetlands website for all the works

Lots of new study days

They have been devised by our team of Study Course Organisers together with the Arts Society accredited lecturers, and explore a wide range of artistic styles, lavish venues, exciting crafts, beautiful cities, fascinating artists. 

Of course, at the moment we have cancelled or re-arranged many events, but do continue to browse amongst the study days as there are new ones being shown by Zoom. And also further ahead, of course, we will be back with live days where you can meet your friends, and enjoy new topics!!

Meanwhile keep safe., and keep Zooming!

Go to "Courses & Events" on this web-site and see the full programme 


Grants News

We are delighted to support many young people through the award of grants from the Area

 we have supported the following

---Cockpit Arts.To support a studio for a year to a maker...Guilia Manzoni, a master mosaicist.

---Royal Academy of Music...2 bursaries for young composers,  Matthew Oliver and Gareth Moorcraft

---the Koestler Trust to support  the teaching of artwork amongst young offenders; each year there is a free exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall, very inspiring.

---Royal School of Needlework.... bursaries and prizes for students, working in the most wonderful textiles. Eleanor Latham made a special piece for us to hang in The Arts Society House. See her piece on the 'Grants' page

---City & Guilds Art School...a bursary for a sculptor student.

---Talk about Art...a project for schools in the Lewisham and Greenwich areas, culminating in an exhibition visited by hundreds of children and their parents.

-- and many grants to local groups of the Arts Society supporting Arts projects for local school children.

--we are encouraging the 25 societies in the London Area to support art projects in local schools and organisations where art teaching and experiences are woefully short. go to 'Grants' for more information