As one of its objectives NADFAS aims to inspire young people with lasting enthusiasm for the arts and an awareness of our arts heritage and its conservation.

Diss DFAS provides Young Arts opportunities for related projects for young people funded wholly or partly by us or by a Young Arts Group affiliated to Diss DFAS.

In recent years we have sponsored:

* Dave Sturgess, a potter, to work for a day with two classes from Roydon Primary School. The children were completely absorbed in their task and it was a worthwhile and much appreciated use of our grant.

* An artist in residence for a day at Diss Church of England Primary School.

* Diss High School Sixth Form Arts students in their work and supported their best work through the Norfolk Young Arts exhibition at the Norwich Cathedral. [From which works could be selected for a National Exhibition in March 2013]

The following comments come from the Norfolk press:

"A key part of this is recognising local artistic flair which can gain exposure through the National Society’s Young Artist of the Year competition operated in conjunction with the Royal Society of British Artists [RBA]. The varied and very skilled work of the Sixth Form Arts Students at Diss High School has so impressed DDFAS that they have sponsored the group with a grant of £250.00 – a most welcome contribution to the costs of key materials to complete some of the projects. From the many extremely talented works presented by the students, the best have been chosen to go forward to the regional level. The Young Arts Officer for DDFAS, Jane Fishwick, said, “ We have been very pleased with the high level of achievement from these students and it has been difficult to decide which works best represent the students’ abilities and talent. Together with the National Arts officer of NADFAS, we have suggested 5 pieces to go forward to the exhibition at the Hostry in Norwich at the end of October and would expect some to be considered for the national Mall Galleries exhibition in March 2013. What very gifted young artists we have in Diss and we are very pleased to encourage the High School and its students.” Vas Koka, a senior tutor at the High School added, “ The support from Diss DFAS has been excellent and we were delighted when Jane and her Chairman, Antony Lloyd, were able to visit our Arts Students’ assembly this month and explain the motives of the society and – of course – to receive their cheque which has allowed us to fund some important elements of our project. We are so grateful and the students are encouraged.”

"In November 2012, Teri Lockton, who is sponsored by Dissdfas as an artist tutor to BURSTON Community Primary School, led a workshop for 20 pupils over 4 year groups.This very successful introduction to Stained Glass work was special for the pupils and beyond their usual curriculum."

In 2014 we were able to assist Hartismere High School at Eye by donating some sponsorship for their field study day to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

We have returned to Hartismere School for a special project to mark our Silver Jubilee.  A stained Glass window is to be installed in the entrance area of the school. It has been designed and build by the pupils under the guidance and tutition of Teri Lockton, the resident Young Arts tutor sponsored by Diss DFAS.  for more information look at the News page on this site.