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Summer Programme for 11-16 Year olds is back! Booking now…. Picture by Jim Wileman – Significant Seams Crediton event. - Picture by Jim Wileman - Significant Seams Crediton event. Full view

Summer Programme for 11-16 Year olds is back! Booking now….

August 2022: Free to most! 

Book now HERE.

Previous participants in our youth programmes have said:

“Finishing something makes me feel really good.” It is so lovely to have the freedom to be creative without the pressures of school.








Each week in August 2022, Significant Seams artists, partners, and youth workers will be hosting Devon young people. Together they will explore, play and create.

Over the course of the summer our programme will lead young people into inspiring environments. Artists will share how they think about art and make, and invite participants to try out their approach, or share one of their own.

Participation is FREE for those entitled to a free school meal, recent Ukrainian refugees, and those with a SEND diagnosis, subject to availability. An additional free space can be allocated if an entitled young person is unlikely to attend without their friend accompanying them. 

Book young people onto one to four weeks online at https://bit.ly/sigseamsyouthprogramme. Space is limited. First come first served. 

Transport support bursaries are also available based on need, and some transport support will be made available between geographic delivery areas (South Devon/Dartmoor, Exeter, Okehampton) for young people wanting to participate across all four weeks.

Significant Seams CIC is pleased to again be a Devon County Council Holiday Activity and Food Programme partner with the below workshop series. We note additional sponsorship opportunities are available to companies and individuals interested to support our work.

Significant Seams are delighted to be working with a range of partners including  photographer Jim Wileman (Photos above), Sands School, Art & Energy CIC, Challacombe Farm, Organic Arts, West Town Farm,  the Harvest Workers Coop and the EcoHub. Additional exciting conversations are ongoing.

Artistic Projects are set to include:

​​How to Bury a Giant – from tiny plants to carbon rich landscapes with stories of Giants, a project with winners of the Sustainability First Art Prize 2021, Art & Energy

Naomi Wright, a Director of Art & Energy and associate of Significant Seams, says, “Through art we see the tiny elements that make change, as well as the whole landscape. We can consider the carbon giant we face every day, and think how to keep it underground.” Wright will lead a range of activities including Energy based art, Moorland immersion, nature positive farming, Growing your own moss, making mini terrariums, and discover how artists are helping ensure peatlands are looked after for the future.

This programme will be based at Sands School in Ashburton except on Wednesday 3 August when we will have a field trip to Challacombe farm on Dartmoor. This programme runs 2-5 August.

The Art Leaders of Tomorrow, Today 

Young people serious about their artistic practice will share their emerging practices with our participants. They will bring their recent experience of Arts Award, GCSE’s, A-Levels and/or Arts College and their personal passion for art making to an inspirational peer-led programme. 

This programme will be based at Sands School in Ashburton. This programme runs 8-11 August.

Art from the Earth – Wild Clay, Natural Dye, and Charcoal Mark Making 

Artists from Organic Arts will lead participants in making art about nature with art supplies made from nature. In our heavily manufactured world we can be forgiven for not realising how much art material is all around us. Environmentally friendly play on West Town Farm, a place dripping with fabulous art and wild inspiration.

The project will be based at West Town Farm in Ide (just outside of Exeter), but a shuttle will run from Exeter each day, and there is parking on site.  This programme runs 15-18 August.

Freestyle Patchwork – freed to remake a healthier world 

Artist Catherine West uses symbolism and metaphors inspired by quilting and patchwork in a wide variety of community projects. Increasingly she is concerned about the climate crisis and various aspects of her work explore this. She collects plants from the hedgerows and makes natural dyes, and distinctive ‘flower pounded’ prints, and she uses patchwork as a metaphor. Working with young people from Crediton, she has devised an approach to artmaking dubbed ‘Freestyle Patchwork’ which she will share in this week of activity in Mid/West Devon. Participants will be able to choose if they want to hand or machine stitch, dye, overdye or print fabrics, and if they want to create a practical or aesthetic outcome, or of course, something that combines the two. They will however be challenged to use what has otherwise been dubbed ‘waste material’: The UK has the dubious distinction of being the fourth largest textile waste producer in Europe: 35% of microplastics in the oceans are attributable to the textile industry. Textile production contributes 10% of global emissions and uses massive amounts of fresh water. So in this  workshop session we will breathe new life into older fabric with our individual and collective creativity.

This project will be based at the Okehampton Ecohub, alongside Okehampton College. This programme runs 22-25 August.


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