October & November 2012 Newsround

November 30, 2012

“Thank you!” from Cameron

14-year old jazz musician, Cameron, a recent recipient of a bursary from The Helen Foundation, has written to the Trustees to say:

“Many thanks for the grant recently awarded to me, to help with the cost of lessons and for my final jazz grade exam. I am so grateful to you for your support and encouragement.

I feel that jazz will always be an important part of my life. I will keep you all informed how it all goes and as soon as we get a recording of my playing on a CD or You Tube I will let you know.
Once again my thanks.”

Good luck Cameron!

Meet the artist: Michelle Greenwood Brown…

The ResistanceMichelle Greenwood Brown is a professional artist working in Teignbridge. After secondary education at Teignmouth Grammar School, Michelle trained in Fine Art at Bower Ashton College of Art and Design, Bristol. Her focus over the past five years has been on creating mosaics.

Counting Muse among her favourite bands, one of her passions is in decorating guitars with mosaic. Indeed, when Muse performed their sell-out ‘Seaside Rendezvous’ gigs in 2009 in Teignmouth, Michelle very generously donated one of her beautiful mosaic guitars, titled ‘The Resistance’, to help raise funds for The Helen Foundation. Sold via Charity eBay, Michelle’s gift raised over £8,000 for the charity! Quite amazing!

A long-standing Friend of The Helen Foundation, Michelle is currently working in a number of schools and communities on major arts projects, principally mosaics. These include the following:-


THF_SmaugThis amazing creation was made, with Michelle’s guidance, by young people from AIMS (a Dawlish-based charity that provides the opportunity for families to meet together to share experiences and problems). First displayed as part of the annual Teignmouth summer exhibition called TRAIL that promotes art using recycled materials, SMAUG the Dragon has recently been installed at Oaklands Park School, Dawlish where AIMS meets every week. The Helen Foundation provided the funding for the materials for this project.

Bradley Barton School

Bradley Barton recently opened its new reception area and commissioned Michelle to work with the 120 children in Years 3-6 at the school to design and make mosaics to hang in the new area.

Art Co-ordinator at Bradley Kim Middlebrook writes: “The artwork produced is based on the colours and patterns within our natural environment in school. As a school we are very proud of our beautiful grounds with which the children are all involved in tending for and looking after.” With the project supported by funding from The Helen Foundation, these lovely mosaics are being installed in the school. Pictures soon!

Shaldon School

As mentioned above, Shaldon School has embarked on a remarkable project called Journey of an Artist in which the whole school has been focusing on what it is to be an artist – the skills, attitudes, disciplines, problem-solving, creativity and sheer hard involved. The results have been truly outstanding, with artistic work produced in many media, journals written, sketch books filled, and visits made to artists, to the local environment (the key source of inspiration for the project) – and to Tate Modern in London.

The Helen Foundation is proud to be a partner in the project, specifically through supporting the creation of large mosaic panels designed and made by the children under Michelle’s expert guidance. Below are pictures of work in progress. The mosaics themselves will be installed soon and we shall report next month on progress.

…and one of tTHF_xmas card_michellehis year’s Christmas Cards for The Foundation

Michelle has very generously donated one of her designs to be one of our two Christmas cards this year. Details and photos of which to be included in a separate article on the website shortly…

“Thank you!” from Megan

Megan is receiving support from the charity for her studies in stage set design at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London and wrote to us recently to say: “Just a little update. I’ve just finished my first professional show outside of Mountview and only have the paint call left tonight. I’m very excited and proud.

I have a press night on Thursday too, my first one, there’s some ITV producers coming to look at my work so no pressure! Thank you for the charity’s help and support – it means the world to me.” She later wrote: “I’m back down to Plymouth in October for my work experience at Plymouth Theatre Royal and I’m very excited! My first press night went very well also, I sat next to Jayne Torvill which made my night. Mum was very jealous!”

Pictured below is Megan with one of her stage set designs.


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