Artistic collaboration

[caption id="attachment_6739" align="alignright" width="155"]The 365 Festival The 365 Festival[/caption] Over the past year Newton Abbot College, Coombeshead Academy, Bearnes, Canada Hill, Denbury, Bradley Barton, Decoy, Kingskerswell, Haytor View and Highweek Primary Schools have collaborated and worked towards a Community Arts project, the 365 Project, to celebrate the young people of Newton Abbot. The 365 Festival at Seale Hayne displayed art work that had been produced with artists James Price, James Lake and the Double Elephant Print Workshop.  There were displays of printmaking, large sculptural heads, documentary films, animations, journals, photography, paintings and a digital tapestry.  There were also performances from students including a soul band, choir, vocals and a zumbatomic dance crew.  The event was an overwhelming success and visited by hundreds of students and their families, teaching staff and members of the public. The Helen Foundation, a Teignbridge-based charity that supports the artistic aspirations of young people aged 7-19 within the district, provided funding for the 365 Project. Trustee and Chairman Roger Kirk said “When the charity was first approached by the Newton Abbot Learning Community with details of the proposed project, Trustees immediately sensed the possibilities of something special.  Through the hard work of many staff and professional artists and the terrific commitment, creativity and enthusiasm of the students from 10 schools in the Newton Abbot area something truly remarkable was developed. Using multi-art forms, students explored completely new areas of experience.  The results were stunning.  Trustees of the charity have been so impressed by the young people of Newton Abbot!  They deserve every congratulation.”

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