Partner Organisations







One of the core aims of Doorstep Arts has always been its dedication to inspiring young people to take action and engage creatively, but as
any arts organization knows, staying afloat and having the right connections can be a difficult task.

That’s where TASN comes in, TASN
(Torbay Arts In Schools Network) is a collaborative and grassroots effort hosted by Doorstep Arts, comprised of 32 organizations, freelancers, and schools in the Torbay area. Through TASN we’ve been able to network more efficiently, working and partnering up for various productions together, with an emphasis on cooperation and democratic outreach.

Cultural Organisations and Freelance Artists working together to support schools through the Covid-19 crisis:




Life in Devon is an adventure and we believe dance is the only way to ride. As a charity for happier and healthier communities, we’re here for each other every hop, skip and step of the way. We’re here for the good times; the knees up, the laughter, the performance of a lifetime. And when life gets the better of you – when physical or mental health aren’t on your side – we’ll move you forward with a dose of dance. We’ll give life new meaning. We’ll bring you joy on the darkest of days. With dance in your life; your voice will be heard, your mind will brighten, your body will discover expression.

All in all, life is better when we move together.

When we dance through life.

Dance in Devon work across Devon and Torbay and with people of all ages and backgrounds who want to move in whatever way they want to move. We regularly work in primary and secondary schools, youth clubs, libraries and theatres in Torbay. We are very proud of our special relationship with Mayfield school where we have been delivering our dance and developmental movement play for 3 years.

To find out more or just to get in touch email Sue Smith ( and check out our website and social media via

Torre Abbey has witnessed an extraordinary variety of events since it was founded in 1196, meaning there is a wealth of stories to inspire and ignite a world of learning through every subject, including history, geology, the arts and natural sciences. Above all, Torre Abbey is a safe and welcoming community space that allows people of all ages to discover and explore their identity and creativity. Our gardens are a beautiful and calm oasis in between the lawns and ruins, a place where science, art, history and nature come together to educate, excite and help us to connect with ourselves, each other & our environment. We are committed to providing inclusive and dynamic access to our arts and cultural collections, events and activities. All of our workshops have an artistic and hands-on approach to help learners gain a better understanding of art, history, culture and the world around them, and we are happy to work with you to develop learning packages that are suitable for your group’s interests and abilities.


Doorstep Arts is a non-profit arts education organisation. We create, produce and platform work which nurtures critical awareness and social justice. We run 14 participatory drama groups in community sites and theatres across Torbay. Young people write their own narratives and explore original ideas through drama process, play, and imagination. The groups provide safe spaces to experiment with what it means to be an artist and to explore your own voice. We work collaboratively with area schools and libraries through our Open Doors Outreach programme to ensure that outstanding artists are working in the most vital spaces in our community.

Artizan Gallery is a small independent community art gallery on the English Riviera dedicated to championing the local visual arts scene. Our venues offer accessible space for arts programming, workshops and other creative activity, through a broad programme that aims to support professional and emerging artists, as well as facilitate community projects such as student shows and family workshops.

Anna Boland has been a freelance artist for the past 21 years and has a diverse background in the creative industries; she has undertaken many different roles, artist, educator, facilitator, leader, mentor, collaborator, curator and director. Working on some 80+ socially and public engaged projects,  these projects have been wide ranging from community, public, site specific, commission based and self -initiated art projects. She has worked for local authorities, arts organisations, schools, colleges, universities, institutions, museums, galleries, alternative education, pupil referral units, youth offending teams, and commissions with age ranges 5-80+ years. Projects have been both temporary and permanent and have included 2 and 3-dimensional works; site-specific pieces; day events; workshops and festivals.

Jane is a singer, songwriter and music teacher with a Master’s degree in music and Qualified Teacher Status.  She has nearly 20 years’ experience of teaching at all levels, from early years to A level.  She has directed choirs and musical ensembles at all levels, from community to professional, and run music making and songwriting sessions both in and outside school settings.  She has musically directed musicals and opera, and arranged pieces for school and community groups.  She is an Associate Teacher with the Torbay Music Hub.  In 2013 she set up Red Earth Opera to bring affordable community opera to Devon with professional soloists.

We use digital radio and music production to connect, engage and inspire communities in Torbay. We create platforms and opportunities for people to step up and speak out.

  • Connect – We bring people together in workshops, at community events, on air, and online to share their music and opinions
  • Engage – We know how to reach into communities to engage and consult with people on the margins to create positive change
  • Inspire – We use radio and music production to inspire confidence, raise aspirations, develop creativity and increase skills

One flagship project is Ocean Youth – a youth-led online radio station which brings young people across Torbay together to make music and radio, build friendships and develop a creative and engaging social action community. Ocean Youth supports Torbay’s young people through helping them to share experiences through broadcasting content on topics such as anxiety, sexual abuse, bullying, addiction, and stress.

Ocean Youth’s studio is based at Winner Street, with a second studio in Paignton Library, however its outreach programme, Radio Routes, travels to youth clubs across Torbay. From autumn 2020 our radio bus will travel throughout Torbay to meet young people and broadcast from anywhere in Torbay. Our response to Covid-19 and the schools closure was to launch Shipwreck Radio, making radio from young people’s homes during lockdown and keeping young people connected. We have been awarded funding to create 60 podcasts from young people in transition to secondary school in Torbay – a message in a bottle from these strange times – which will be broadcast on Fun Kids nationally.

Young people, families and schools interested should contact us at:

Daisi is a not-for-profit arts education organisation creating and promoting inspiring artistic and cultural experiences which enable more children and young people to access the transformative and inclusive power of the arts.  Daisi believes that such experiences should sit at the very heart of young people’s lives and learning; sparking their imaginations, supporting their well-being and self-esteem, and helping them to observe and explore the world around them.

Participate Arts design socially engaged Arts projects and workshops around Devon. We facilitate creative expression, explore community and bring people together to articulate their stories, allowing confidence to grow and inspire motivation to make a positive contribution. Our programmes are designed to meet the needs of participants, working creatively with people of all ages. We work with individuals, communities and cultural agencies to develop work that has impact and lasting social legacy. We encourage active participation, nurture art skills and imagination, promoting health and wellbeing in our work. We find ways to make contemporary arts and culture approachable and relevant to participants’ experiences, often working with other Artist specialists. We run workshop programmes, community engagement sessions, and create and manage small and large scaled events, with an emphasis is on connecting people, improving individual lives and community spaces. Socially engaged work is at the heart of what we do.




Our mission is to make it possible for people to find and make music that speaks to them. To grow musical landscapes together. Our work focuses on facilitating the meaningful development of creative skills and ideas, and connecting individuals and communities through music.

We provide musical opportunities and experiences which encourage and nurture connection and which build trust and understanding across difference.

We aim to develop group communication skills through collaborative participation.

PaddleBoat Theatre Company believe that theatre is a space where imagination is brought to life.

born from the vibrant city of Exeter, we are committed to delivering high-quality productions and exciting workshops for children and families across the South-West. At the heart of PaddleBoat’s work is the desire to inspire the imagination. PaddleBoat believe in theatre which engages with the young minds of tomorrow – as well as reminding every adult that they too can rediscover their own imaginations.

Working from our Exeter city centre base, Double Elephant Print Workshop offers courses, resources and support to professional printmakers, artists and beginners alike.

The aims of Double Elephant Print Workshop are:

  • to provide open access to fine art printmaking resources and equipment
  • to encourage and support everyone to discover their creativity
  • to offer a full range of courses in printmaking including outreach to schools, our community and marginalised groups.
  • to provide high quality exhibitions, print sales and an editioning service.
  • to maintain a friendly, accessible, environmentally healthy and solvent-free working environment.


Drum Devon is a social enterprise with the aim of bringing the world of drums and percussion into the community to boost personal/social wellbeing. We provide top quality, authentic workshops which are accessible to all!


Taleblazers is a Community Interest Company that celebrates the folk stories of South Devon and Dartmoor. We do this by researching old folk tales from our region, rewriting them into original works and performing them as ballads or folk poems. Oral storytelling is an art we are passionate about preserving and we aim to engage young people in particular by involving them in writing and performance. We offer workshops in a variety of educational areas (heritage, natural history, ecology) to schools and historic sites and our workshops are tailored to locations to make them as relevant as possible to the groups we work with. As part of the research and writing process, we get involved with local heritage projects and promote the heritage and folklore of the areas we work in.


Devon & Torbay Music Education Hubs believe all children and young people should have the opportunity to enjoy, achieve and celebrate through music. We work with schools, music educators and a range of local, regional and national partner organisations to provide an inclusive, diverse and relevant music education offer for all children and young people. As part of a network of Music Education Hubs across England, we are supported using public funding from the DfE and Arts Council England, and tasked with delivering the core and extension roles of the National Plan for Music Education and ensuring that all schools engage with the Schools Music Education Plan (SMEP).


In 2020 we incorporated as a social enterprise business with the aim of reinvesting any profit we make into developing creative music-making opportunities within our local community. We’ve worked for many years in this field and are excited about the possibilities for collaborative working and new projects now that we have established as a Community Interest Company. 

Our directors Lyndon and Laura Forster are looking forward to others joining the We Need Music team this year.


The Torbay local authority has a responsibility to provide education to those young people who are unable to maintain an educational programme due to their medical needs. This is provided by the Torbay Medical Tuition Service (MTS).

The aim at The Medical Tuition Service Torbay is to support students in ways which motivate and inspire them to engage in education, and to help them become confident, successful, and happy adults.

It is the ethos of the service that wherever possible the service will support an eventual return to educational schooling when the student is medically fit to do so.

The service only accepts referrals from schools.


Founded in 1845 Torquay Museum is Devon’s oldest established Museum.
We have an exciting program of temporary exhibitions, children’s activities and events, and an education service for schools.
We are at the heart of the Torbay English Riviera Global Geopark. Our permanent exhibitions tell the fascinating story of Torbay’s natural and cultural heritage.

Brixham Heritage Museum was founded in 1958.

The building it occupies was formerly a police station, built-in 1902, with cells on the ground floor and a flat for the sergeant’s family on the second floor. The organization exists to preserve and showcase Brixham’s rich history throughout the ages of William of Orange, WW2 and even neolithic times.