Partner Organisations

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.