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Olympic Banner Project – March 2012 update

March 1, 2012

The Helen Foundation is supporting a brilliant project organised by DAISi – Devon Arts In School Initiative – working with schools to celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games. Schools across Devon have been invited to make a banner to celebrate the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. The banners will be shown at an exhibition in Exeter Cathedral to coincide with the Olympic Torch relay through Exeter in May 2012.

The project aims to produce a series of high-quality banners, professionally printed, using art work produced by children and young people.

Banners will be based on the theme of the Olympic and Paralympic values:

Excellence

Friendship

Respect

Determination

Inspiration

Courage

Schools in Teignbridge are accessing a Helen Foundation subsidy to reduce the cost of the project in their schools and already 15 schools in the district are taking part, which is more than a third of all the schools working with artists on this project in the County. This tells us that having a subsidy available from the charity is making access to projects like this possible for schools that would otherwise be unable to take part.

Rydon School held its workshop last month and produced some superb results. The children used cardboard cut-outs to create templates for printing their designs – so everything had to be created in mirror image – challenging!

Artist Simon Ripley was terrific and the children rose to the challenge. These designs will be transferred onto a giant banner that will hang with other Devon school banners in Exeter Cathedral in May. Can’t wait! Over the next few months we shall feature further designs from other schools.

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