Our history & objectives
The West Hampshire School of Art provides art courses and workshops to adults, and children aged 3 and over. We create an empowering and non-judgemental atmosphere in which you can re-discover old skills, or learn new ones.
WHSoA was set up in January 2019 by Director and Lead Tutor, Daisy Rogers, who is a professional fine artist based in Over Wallop. We are a Community Interest Company, committed to using our profits to fund art education outreach work. Company registration number: 11799504.
Based in studios in Over Wallop SO20 and also at Norman Court, West Tytherley SP5, WHSoA fills a gap in holistic art education in the area, particularly important at a time when art & design is being marginalised from the national curriculum, encouraging an increased sense of well-being for students of all ages.
Did you know our profits are reinvested into the community?
WHSoA is Community Interest Company (CIC), with primary social objectives whose profit surpluses are reinvested into the community. We have chosen to be a CIC so that we are legally committed to our profits funding outreach workshops and exhibitions for local disadvantaged children and vulnerable adults, as well as a local schools programme, helping them to express themselves through art, improving well-being and access to fine art training.
By creating WHSoA as a CIC we aim to give back to the community through our passion for art. In doing so we hope that WHSoA can play a valuable role in creating a stronger, more inclusive and sustainable local community.
Are you a working parent? We've got you covered.
WHSoA is applying to the OFSTED voluntary childcare register, which will enable parents to pay via the tax-free childcare voucher scheme. We will also be working with Norman Court for our holiday workshops, so that working parents are fully supported with top quality wraparound childcare from their Compass Holiday Club team.
How will your donations help?
Art should be accessible for everyone and the benefits of creating art are huge, both for the individual and the wider community.
Less stress. Greater well-being & self-esteem. Improved creativity & problem-solving.
Sounds good right? Add to that teaching people new skills for life, and improving community cohesion & inclusion through our outreach workshops and exhibitions and we think we can really make a difference.
Setting up a business is tough, and we need your help to launch WHSoA and start furthering access to holistic, comprehensive art courses & workshops in our area, and to get us out there in the community. Your donations will help with essential outgoings including studio space, materials, marketing and insurance. If we exceed our target, we will be able to funnel profits from upcoming courses into our outreach workshops quicker, and get the autumn local schools art programme up and running.
WHSoA and Outreach
WHSoA is planning a local schools art programme as part of our outreach work, starting this autumn term within the Test Valley, subject to fundraising and grants.
Initially we will work with local primary schools to provide an expressive painting workshop for every year group, helping children to express their emotions through art. We plan for every child to take away from the workshop everything they need to keep drawing and painting at home.
If this initial stage of the outreach programme is successful, we hope to extend the workshops to local state secondary schools and to specialist schools in the area, as well as vulnerable adults in the community.