ExeDFAS Young Arts
Over the years the society has assisted with a number of local projects to help and encourage young people in the area and support them in visual art projects.
In 2014, the society grant aided the design and installation of a mosaic at a new garden area in the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education. The work was mostly done by the children in the school with specialist support.
There are now very few authority funded youth clubs in the area, but the society funded the design and installation of three murals for the 100 Club in Countess Wear. These brightened up what is a spacious but very utilitarian hall and the process of painting the murals was undertaken by the members of the club over several months.
In 2015 the society made contact with the Atkinson Secure Children’s Home in Exeter. On this occasion Nick Halahan, a graffiti artist, worked with the young people from the home and produced some striking art which reflected their troubled past and their dreams for the future. This project continued for a second year benefiting from an additional grant from the Patricia Fay fund administered by The Arts Society.
In 2018, the society worked with Exmouth Community College, and sponsored sixth formers who worked with the stone masons at Exeter Cathedral and the stained glass artists engaged in the maintenance of this vitally important building. In 2019, the society submitted two A level works by one of the Art Department students to The Arts Society/Royal Society of British Artists annual competition.
In 2019, the society helped support a production of The Lion King at Topsham Primary School. First a children’s artist worked with early years children producing animal drawings, and then the society grant-aided a theatre designer to work with older children in the production of masks for the production.
Since then the society, with the help of the regional committee, and the Patricia Fay fund has supported the Devon Young Carers Charity running respite days for young carers.