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Camp Mohawk 2019

Camp Mohawk is a respite centre just outside Henley for children and young adults with special needs. For the first time this year The Arts Society Henley sponosrred an Art Workshop there.  We had a group of six young people, all around 18, with high achieving autism.

They designed, waxed and then painted their own cotton flags. Emily Cooling one of our regular artists ran the workshop and Liz Jarvis, Anne Balgarnie and Marilyn Sturgeon (who has now taken over Young Arts from Liz) were all there helping.



The Arts Society’s 50th Anniversary 2018

In December 2017 some of our committee members, including our chairman, and their friends  went to Bishopswood Special School where we had arranged to have a workshop under the guidance of Emily Cooling - the artist who master minded the banner for our 40th Anniversary. 30 pupils aged 7-13 with a significant variation in special needs came in small groups to work on the creation of a chandelier - a Polish “pajaki”. 

Pajaki (pah-yonk-ee) are traditional Polish chandeliers made from rye straw and paper. They symbolise health and happiness and date back to the 18th century when they were made in the countryside by women as decorations for their homes. Pajaki were especially popular at Christmas, Easter, weddings and christenings. 

Ours was made out of paper, fabric flowers, straws and beads and it is to hang in the entrance hall of the school. The children and adults had enormous fun making our pajaki and it is looks very beautiful.  The chandelier will be entered into the ”My Golden Moment” competition, which is the area  competition in celebration of The Arts Society’s 50th Anniversary. 

The Marsh Award 2018

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.

We were delighted to learn that our very own Liz Jarvis received a Young Arts Award for her work with Young Arts in Henley; Individual Highly Commended.