Young Arts Projects South West Area - 2018


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Falmouth DFAS's latest Young Arts project assisted a Penryn based charity, Spectrum, in its work to support people living with autism and their families.  Autism is a lifelong condition which affects an individual’s ability to communicate, to empathise with others, and to integrate into normal society.  The degree of disability varies considerably, but it can be enormously challenging for the person concerned, and for their families.

Together with street artist Marc Craig, Spectrum is working with the young siblings of children who have autism, to give expression to the challenges, the aspirations and the achievements that such families experience.  The result of this collaboration was a mural which Marc painted on the walls of the tunnel leading up from the quay car park to Church Street in Falmouth.  This joyous, dramatic and colourful mural includes some of the children’s hopes for their siblings and pride in their achievements, however small, which mark their journey along what can be a long and difficult path in life.  For more details, see

Falmouth DFAS' Chairman Richard Turner said he was delighted the group had sponsored a project to bring autism to the notice of the residents and many visitors who enjoy Falmouth's glorious setting on the Cornish coast.

Taunton Evening

A three day workshop has taken place with the children at North Curry Primary School working with willow sculpture artist Stefan Jennings.   The Head Teacher said all the children benefited from his expertise and enthusiasm and were very pleased to help create some new additions to our North Curry family.

West Cornwall - Samme Charlesworth YA rep West Cornwall DFAS held a workshop with 10 pupils, years 9 and 10, from St Ives Comprehensive School. The workshop was to start the design for a trail through St Ives for Ben Nicholson who was a local artist. Ben Nicholas was the first contemporary artist and the inspiration for the Tate Gallery being in St Ives. The trail is intended to encourage people to walk around St Ives and look at the scenery, houses, lanes, iron work, steps and other objects as shapes. This is how Ben Nicholson would have seen them and how it influenced contemporary art. The workshop was taken by local artist and West Cornwall DFAS member Alice Mumford, helped by Samme Charlesworth, Young Arts representative, and 3 other West Cornwall DFAS members. The workshop started by playing tennis on a drawn out court on the beach, some students played and others watched and drew the line of the ball to show it’s trajectory to give the idea of curves and shapes. It also included a walk through St Ives to look at shapes and colours that would have influenced Ben Nicholson’s work. The students returned to the studio and put their ideas on paper using block printing techniques. Each design will be put onto canvas and made into a deck chair for the students to purchase.

South Devon -

The latest project (see photograph) with The Arts Society South Devon, in conjunction with Plymouth Community Homes, supported High View Primary School in Plymouth on an arts project to raise awareness of the problem and consequences of littering.  Throughout the year, there were a number of awareness-raising events including a litter pick, an inter-schools event at Wembury Beach and the making of a huge art installation.                          The artist, Soraya Phillips was commissioned to work with pupils and parents to create an installation out of single use waste plastics entitled 'Mutant Plastic Future'.  The artwork focuses on the pollutants in our food chain and the subsequent suffering of sea life. The installation shows monstrous fish that have ingested plastic and seagulls which have been made from plastic water bottles and milk cartons against a backdrop of woven plastic.                           The art work is currently installed at the High School's reception area bit it will eventually be displayed at Efford Library.

Pauline Stewart YA rep South Devon DFAS are involved in a project with the Plymouth City Council and St Andrew’s Primary School in Plymouth. The outcome of this project will be a body of work produced by the children on the theme of ‘Making Waves.’ This will include the children’s sketchbooks, charting the process, a silk banner, individual glass tiles and a glass sculpture depicting a wave. In addition to this visual art, the children will also have created performance art in the form of verbal poetry. Woodlands Special School was holding an Art’s Week focusing on India. As most of the children have profound physical and sensory disabilities the project took in activities that would evoke the colours and sounds of India as well as focusing on “Elephants”. The sharing Art Activity was a large newspaper collage of an elephant for each class to cooperate in making together. The skills undertaken included tearing ,scrunching the paper .Spreading the glue using hands within the outlines ,then bashing the paper down on the glue and pressing on top to create the wrinkled elephant skin. The next day some of these were embellished with sequins and all were included in the Art’s week display. In a second project at Woodlands School the theme was woods. An artist worked with 21 students, aged between 14 to 18 years old, from the 'Transition' Secondary department. Pupils were helped to create printed patterns on fabric strips for the weaving. Pupils were shown some of the artist’s own work in textiles which they found very interesting. The students created a large colourful, tactile hanging by weaving in bits of wool, fabric and twigs. The hanging will decorate an upper corridor next year.

On 19th April, a Jazz saxaphone ensemble made up of 11 students and their music teacher all from Lipson Co-operative Academy, Plymouth performed for the 50th celebration of The Arts Society at Rhythm and Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain at 2, Temple Place.  This marked 100 years of Jazz in Britain.  The Arts Society South Devon has sponsored this group, playing at the national awards ceremony, the 40th celebrations of the Arts Society South Devon (Plymouth) in 2017 and performed at the 50th anniverasry celebration of NADFAS/The Arts Society at Dartington Hall in July 2018.


Working with severely autistic students benefiting from the experience of creative art and working with others - CLICK HERE