The Arts Society aims to inspire young people with a lasting enthusiasm for the arts and an awareness of our arts heritage and its conservation, and to expand the horizons of young people through their involvement in creative arts.

The Arts Society Cambridge, through its Young Arts Programme seeks to give more children and young people access to the arts through its sponsorship of local and national charitable organisations.  Our aim is to engage with children and young people from a wide range of backgrounds and with those groups who seek additional funding.

Previous Young Arts Awards


A £1000 donation to the Koestler Trust, a leading supporter of Art in Prisons. Their annual exhibition and awards scheme showcases the talent and potential of offenders, secure patients and detainees. Our award funded 10 under 25 Awards. The photo shows  Vicky Field and Jackie Ball receiving a copy of Arts Society Cambridge Under 18 award at the Preview of the 2017 Koestler Awards at the Festival Hall on the Southbank.


The Society donated £1000 to Eddie’s, a local charity supporting young people with learning difficulties.  Our award enabled their drama and performing arts group to write, direct and produce a short film which they were able to show to a public audience.


A £700 donation to Centre 33, a charity supporting Young Carers. This grant made it possible for 8 young people who were interested in furthering their art career to spend the day in London visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.


28 November 2018

The Arts Society Cambridge is delighted to announce a grant of £200 to St Catharine’s College Girls’ Choir.

This exceptional choir was the first college-based choir for girls in the UK, breaking with 900 years of tradition and providing girls from many schools around Cambridge with a unique musical experience. The girls receive regular tuition on music theory, reading and vocal technique but its ethos is rather different from many other choirs – it is not a school choir, nor is it limited to traditional Church repertoire.

As part of the Choir’s 10th anniversary celebrations, the choir is travelling to California as the guests of the Piedmont and East Bay Children's Choir. The trip is an expensive one, and funds have been committed by the College, but our donation will help those girls who are unable to raise their own travel expenses to take part in this celebration.

The choir’s next big event is the Christmas Luminaria on 12th December at 17:30. The free but ticketed event (see below) will be held in the main court of St Catharine’s College Cambridge – it’s bound to be a magical and atmospheric event.