Bespoke Projects: Temporary Displays and Performances

Bespoke Projects: Temporary Displays and Performances

Working with a Daisi artist to create a temporary display or performance can be a rewarding opportunity for children to see how their contribution can lead to a collective outcome. It allows the ‘voice’ of participating students to shine and opens the door to a vast range of possible art forms, without requiring the durability of a permanent exhibit.   

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Case Study: Flourish in Felt

Gatehouse Primary School wanted to “promote positivity through this piece of artwork as we come out of the pandemic” while linking to the school’s values of achieve, aspire and flourish. 

Such an open, joyful brief offered Daisi the opportunity to invite textile artist Jess Carvill into the school.  Together with 30 Year 4 students, a collective felt hanging emerged, celebrating the value of ‘flourish’ with colour and energy.  The project used a budget of £595 and as a Teignbridge School was supported by a grant from The Helen Foundation. 

“They enjoyed learning about the process and being very hands on – individually and as part of a group. The enjoyed the fact that the finished piece was a collaborative effort but they could still identify their individual contributions.” Debbie Miller, Teacher at Gatehouse Primary School 

Case Study: Rock Performance and Workshops

“From a Needs Analysis that Daisi carried out for Devon Music Education Hub, we found out that what kids are missing is live performance.  Kids don’t have exposure to live music.” Vicci Worthy, Assistant Director at Daisi 

Daisi worked with Isca Academy and MIDI (Music In Devon Initiative) to bring a rock group into school for a live performance with Year 9 music students.  A week later, some members of the band visited again for a peer-learning session with the school’s Rock Club, in which a small group from Year 9 and 10 passed on their skills to younger students in an awe-inspiring in-house studio session.  The project worked with 30 students across two half-day sessions.  It cost approximately £2000 and was paid for as part of the Youth Music Project.  

“I learnt you don’t need to be good when you start, just as long as you try.” Year 9 Student at Isca Academy 

Case Study: Whole School Collage

Kenn Primary School asked “to create artwork in our small entrance hallway to welcome guests with a vibrant positive sunny piece of art and message, contributed to by every child.”  Children from across the school worked with Daisi artist Kerrie Seymour over one day to each create a hexagonal component of a collective ‘honeycomb’.  The project worked with 94 children and cost £435.  As a Teignbridge school, the school was able to access a grant from The Helen Foundation. 

What an incredible experience they had, with creativity and freedom that engaged all alongside the technical skills and knowledge being taught incredibly well.”  Jodie Jennings, Teacher at Bassetts Farm Primary School

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‘We have a few children who have found it challenging to adapt to changes this year enforced by the pandemic and it was a joy to see them fully involved and enjoying their art. It was fabulous to be creating a whole school art work – created a sense of school community, even though the children worked in class bubbles.’

Angie Lunn, Teacher at Kenton Primary School