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Daisi’s work focuses on creative partnerships that enable arts and culture to enrich and inspire the lives, learning and futures of children and young people in our region, influencing practice locally, regionally and nationally.

The spirit of collaborative adventure, a core value at inception, remains so today.

Another sustained core value is that of reflective practice, and Daisi has produced a number of reports through our action research projects in the field of arts education. These reports identify and analyse the impact of a variety of approaches to artists working in schools and other young people’s settings.


These projects illustrate the range and quality of Daisi’s recent work.



Arts Wave Devon (2013 - 2016)

arts wave devon worked with communities to design activities and programmes which engaged, supported and inspired their participation in Devon's rich wealth of arts opportunities. Its mission has been to enhance wellbeing through creating opportunities to explore, create and play.

The 3-year project was a partnership between experienced, local arts and education organisations: Daisi, Dance in Devon, the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Wolf and Water Arts Company. Working with Devon County Council, the Commissioner, they have collaborated to bring a range of accessible arts opportunities to local people, with particular emphasis on children and young people, older people and disabled people. 

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Dreams and Aspirations (2011 – 2014)

Funded by the Lankelly Chase Foundation, the Dreams and Aspirations project aimed to give young people in care in Devon the opportunity to use the arts to enable them to self-reflect and express their dreams and aspirations for their futures.

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‘Listen to our Words’ project

The ‘Listen to Our Words’ project (2010 – 2011) was co-developed by Daisi and a group of young people who attend The Care Leavers Forum – a Devon County Council supported group for young people leaving the care system.

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Kaleider Ancient Sunlight Project 2014

Daisi worked with Kaleider to design and set up opportunities for young people from Exeter Primary and Secondary schools to work with artists and writers to explore the themes of Love, Justice, Leadership, Food and Technology in the present ‘Oil age’ and looking towards the future.  The artist used the young people’s work to create five Ancient Sunlight books, which are being professionally published. The students’ writing will also inform a large scale, outdoor show to take place in Exeter in 2017. For further information see kaleider.com

 
arts wave devon


arts wave devon is an arts project supporting people to discover and engage with their own creativity and improve their wellbeing. 


We aim to we nurture your creative side amongst friends, in an encouraging environment.

We can support you to:
• learn new techniques and build upon existing skills
• discover your own creative ability and enjoy the process
• try something new and share experiences with others
• collaborate on creative projects, short or long-term

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Reading Writes

A selection of children's poems, stories and other types of creative writing exploring cultural diversity were on display at the Respect Festival on 2 and 3 June 2012. 

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Soundwaves

In 2012 Daisi began delivering the Soundwaves project, which focuses on musical opportunities for young people in challenging circumstances in Devon and Torbay. The project is funded by Youth Music, the national music education charity. See soundwavesdaisi.wordpress.com for project information, impact and case studies.

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Banners in the Cathedral

Banners in the Cathedral was a unique opportunity for 1,800 children to explore the Olympic and Paralympic Values, and to share their work with thousands of visitors to Exeter Cathedral, coinciding with the passing of the Olympic Torch Relay through Devon on 20 May 2012. A link to a picture of each school's banner can be found in the list at the bottom of this article.

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Dialogues - A Devon Youth Theatre and Devon Youth Dance Company performance

"The performance on Saturday was a complete joy to watch. There is something special about watching youngsters with a love for theatre being given such an opportunity. It is a real gift, and something in these financially difficult times that can't be taken for granted."

This was just one piece of feedback from those who attended the performance of Dialogues at the Exeter Northcott Theatre in April, created and performed by the gifted and talented members, aged 13-19, of Devon Youth Theatre and Devon Youth Dance Company. See below for photographs from the rehearsals and performance.

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A River's Journey

Inspiration Aspiration Partnership

arts, cultural organisations and schools working together

The feedback from the Daisi project 'A River's Journey: Axe Valley, Autumn 2010 to Spring 2011' is now available. Click here to view the full evaluation report or read a summary below.

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Learning About Where We Live

Inspiration Aspiration Partnership

arts, cultural organisations and schools working together

The feedback from 'Learning About Where We Live: Exmouth, Summer 2010 to May 2011' is now available. Click here to view the full evaluation report or read a summary below.

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The School Looks Around

Two Devon secondary schools have completed a year-long Daisi project which used creativity to bring issues of society and citizenship to life for young people, and established new and lasting connections between pupils, schools and their local communities.

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The SEAL Arts Project

The SEAL project - developing the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning through the Arts

During the past year an exciting and innovative project has been taking place in a number of Torbay's primary schools. Daisi has been working with Torbay council to deliver arts workshops in schools including street dancing, film making, printmaking and musical theatre, all of which have been designed to help develop social and emotional aspects of learning.

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Exeter Central Learning Community

The Central Learning Community in Exeter worked with Daisi to create the Celebrating Our World Festival 2009 in the summer.

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Fusion: Preventative Partnership

A partnership project, drawing 7 agencies together, about positive activities for young people that create change for them. 

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Art to Start

Art to Start explores child-centred approaches to creativity in the early years foundation stage through growing the relationship between professional artists and setting staff.

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Inspiration Aspiration Partnership

Inspiration Aspiration Partnership is about arts, cultural organisations and schools working together to inspire creativity and increase aspiration by developing young people's pride in their local surroundings and resources.

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3D A Chance to Dance

3D is a Devon County Council funded organisation that aims to promote high quality dance and provide performance opportunities for school children and young people in Devon.

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Devon Youth Theatre (DYT)

DYT is funded by Devon County Council and aims to bring Devon school students in years 9 to13 the opportunity to work in an innovative, high quality company, with other like-minded students and professionals, to learn more about the art form and discipline of theatre.

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DigitEX

The DigitEX project (2005) was a participatory workshop and performance project for Exeter children initiated to explore personal, community and global identity through arts and new technology in celebration of the reorganisation of Exeter schools.

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Transitions

The Transitions project was developed in 2004-2005, funded by Youth Music. It explored the issue of continuity and progression for pupils between primary and secondary school, looking at the impact for young people of engagement in music making activities across this transition phase.

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TREADZ

TREADZ was a multi art form, action research pilot project, initiated by Daisi in 2004. It explored the potential of the arts to increase self-esteem and confidence in young people who are excluded from school and attending Pupil Referral Units, or who are in a young offender's unit.

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Patterns in the Mind: Patterns in the World

A partnership project led by daisi and theatre practitioner Phil Smith, using physical theatre to explore scientific concepts complementary to and beyond the science curriculum.

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A Real Buzz

A Real Buzz was an innovative, creative partnership between EDF energy, 6 Exeter schools and Daisi in 2003. Artists in residence and EDF Energy volunteers worked with over 500 pupils to create art works on the theme of human and natural energy for EDF Energy's new Exeter Customer Service Centre.

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Strengthening School Communities

This project was a response to the introduction of the government's School Improvement Strategy, and looked at supporting this strategy through forms of artist-led creative activity within schools.

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The Groundswell Project

The Groundswell Project was launched in October 1998 with a wide ranging programme of activities running through to March 2001; its focus was the work of artists in schools. The project research focuses on the impact of artists on pupils' learning.

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