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The Arts Society is a leading arts education charity with a global network of local Societies which bring people together through a shared curiosity for the arts.

Our events provide welcoming places to hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts. We preserve and contribute to our artistic heritage through volunteering and grants.

Our strength is our people, joined together by a passion for the arts which can nourish and empower us all. Our work creates a better, healthier and more connected society.

Budleigh Salterton Arts Society
As a local branch of the national charity, we too have a remit to promote curiosity and discovery in the arts, for all ages. So in addition to our programme of regular talks by experts in their field, we have also supported access to art events.

Budleigh Salterton Arts Society - Arts Volunteering Projects 2023

In 2023, we donated to St Peter’s CofE Primary School, Budleigh Salterton to support an art related project including a visit to London. The money provided went towards ensuring that 11 of the pupils could go on the visit either at a free place or a subsidised rate. The trip meant that pupils were exposed to culture and art that they would not normally have seen.

Although a planned visit to the V&A museum to study the art was changed to enable a visit to 10 Downing Street, they looked at propaganda art in the Imperial War Museum and saw the artwork inside the Houses of Parliament. In all, they went on a Thames Clipper, visited Greenwich Observatory, the Science Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, Regents Park, a dance workshop and saw The Lion King.

The head teacher said that it was an amazing experience and one of the most memorable these children will ever have.

This year we are contributing to the Budleigh Salterton Music Festival’s educational outreach work. The festival, held in June/July each year is highly acclaimed and attracts many attendees from the South West and beyond.

One of the major educational features is a series of lunchtime concerts for young musicians. We are donating towards the costs of Ryan Corbett’s performance, a classical accordionist currently studying for his Masters at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. These opportunities to perform play a key role in supporting a young musician along the difficult road of establishing and developing a career in classical music.

A further donation, including a contribution of £250 from the Arts Society Community Grant scheme is going towards the festival’s outreach work to bring local primary school children to attend the lunchtime concerts free of charge. Over 300 attended last year and we believe our sponsorship will ensure more will be able to participate this year. Attending these concerts is the first time for most to have this experience, and it also gives the pupils the chance to see young musicians starting out on their career. The sponsorship donation will also go towards the development of a teaching pack for the teachers to prepare the children for the experience.

Click here find out more about the volunteering projects of the Arts Society.

Fairlynch Museum in Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton is one of the very few thatched museums in the UK. The building is a typical example of a 'marine cottage orné' and is Grade II listed. Built by a local shipowner Matthew Yeates around 1811, the house recently celebrated its bicentenary. Priscilla Hull was a co-founder, and the museum started with the collection of period costumes gathered by Budleigh residents the Misses Gawne, together with the many geological specimens amassed by local archaeologist George Carter.