Background to Daisi

Daisi is the arts education partnership organisation for Devon and Torbay.  The initiative began in 1995 as an independent venture between Devon Association of Governors, the arts and curriculum officers from Devon County Council, local Head Teachers’ associations, and local artists represented by Devon Arts Forum.

Both the Devon Local Authority and Arts Council England, South West, were immediately supportive of the Daisi partnership and its emerging aims, but neither was an initiator, and Daisi continues to operate independently of its major interest groups.

Daisi became a registered charity in 1998, opening up the possibility of significant activity in the arts-education field.  Since then Daisi has developed within our region to offer a wide range of support and development initiatives which impact on opportunities for children and young people from 0 to 25 years, in and out of school.

Daisi sparks and nurtures creative partnerships that enable arts and culture to enrich and inspire the lives, learning and futures of children and young people in our region, and influences practice beyond, 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.  These reports identify and analyse the impact of a variety of approaches to artists working in schools and other young people’s settings.  You can view our project reports online, or contact Daisi if you would like a hard copy.

Daisi is a Registered Charity (number 1071762) and Company Limited by Guarantee and is governed by a Board of Trustees who represent a wide range of arts and education interests.

Daisi has a full complement of policies and procedures covering all aspects of our work, including our NSPCC approved Children and Vulnerable Adult Protection policy and procedures, Health and Safety policy, Quality Assurance and Equal Opportunities policies.