Remembering the Sacrifice of WW1 in Quilts 130 Monmouthshire schoolchildren took part in school-based, artist-led workshops producing two quilts to commemorate WW1. The quilt materials and workshops were funded by Monmouthshire Decorative and Fine Art Society with contributions from The Arts Society and Abergavenny Rotary Club. All the schools were introduced to First World War themes and the significant contribution that the 3rd Monmouthshire Regiment made in WW1 with their heavy losses at Ypres in 1915. The 140 quilt squares were handmade by the pupils helped by artists, teachers and some parents. Methods taught and used were: drawing their own design based on given themes, design methods, applique, bondaweb, drawing with sharpies, tie-dye, embroidery techniques, screen printing, hand printing with screen ink using pre-cut stencils, cutting out fabric using pre-cut stencils for patterns, selecting and free-hand cutting of fabric, sewing on of buttons, using measuring techniques to scale up drawings and felting. Themes of the quilts were: WW1 poets, WW1 animals and their role in the war; including carrier pigeons, war dogs, glow worms in jars used as lights on the battlefield, life in the trenches, ‘over the top’, WW1 nurses, the Abergavenny War Memorial and couture poppies with a couture designer.

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The launch in Cardiff

Congratulations to A Level pupil Emily Eeles from King Henry VIII Comprehensive School, Abergavenny who has had her work selected for three prestigious Art Exhibitions in London Monmouthshire Decorative and Fine Arts Society, affiliated to the Arts Society, are delighted to tell you that Emily Eeles's Natural Form has been selected for exhibition at the Royal Over-Seas League, St James, London W1 from 23 January to 8 March 2018, then at the Framers Gallery, London W1 from 12th - 17th March, and then at the RBA’s annual show at the Mall Galleries from (date tba) March to 31 March 2018. She has received the RBA Star Student certificate. Well done to all who have taken part.
This year 39 fellow Societies submitted 272 works from schools across the UK so the RBA council had difficult choices to make.

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Emily Eeles


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to whom we are affiliated - provides MDFAS with its overarching structure, advice, guidance, training, insurance and - most importantly - its list of approved lecturers. Part of the membership fees is paid to The Arts Society to fund these services. We are managed by an annually elected Committee, who are always willing to hear suggestions to improve the activities of the Society.

With inspiring monthly lectures given by top experts in their fields, together with study day events, educational visits and cultural holidays, The Arts Society is a great way to learn, have fun and make new and lasting friendships.

Our logo - the Double Dragon represents Monmouthshire's position as a Marcher county, seeking inspiration from the cultures of both Wales and England. The logo, which is used with permission, belongs to the Felinfoel Brewery in Llanelli, who produce Double Dragon - The National Ale of Wales! Double dragon

The Arts Society (Formerly NADFAS) is a leading arts education charity with a global network of 385 local Societies, which bring people together through a shared curiosity for the arts.
Our events provide welcoming places - locally, nationally and globally - to hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts.
Our 90,000+ members contribute to and preserve 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.

Our vision - the belief that the Arts have the potential to enrich people's lives is at the heart of everything we do. We want to be the most inclusive and influential arts society.

The Monmouthshire Decorative & Fine Arts Society - founded in 2002 - is a member society of The Arts Society. The centre of our activities is Abergavenny.
Our objectives are the promotion and advancement of the aesthetic education of the public, the cultivation, appreciation and study of the decorative and fine arts, and the giving of aid to the preservation of our national heritage for the benefit of the public.
We fulfill our objectives by:-

  • the arrangement of Lectures for Members of the Society.
  • the arrangement of Days of Special Interest, occasional Overseas trips, Outings and visits to private houses, museums, exhibitions and other places of interest for members of the Society.
  • the arrangement of related activities of an Educational character for children and other members of the public.
  • the arrangement of voluntary Preservation and Recording work by its members in relation to the decorative and fine arts.
Membership is open to any adult, but numbers are restriced for practical purposes. We meet on the second Thursday of every month (excluding August) at St Mary's Priory Centre, Abergavenny. Lectures are held promptly at 11.00

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