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Isca College of Media Arts

Double Elephant has been leading workshops at Isca College of Media Arts over the past three terms (2012/13). Working with young people on the verge of exclusion from five Exeter high schools we faced some very challenging behaviour. The workshops were led by Suzanne Ross and Simon Ripley and although initially based around printmaking, we have also included sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, animation, graffiti and more. We were able to work alongside other talented artists – Rob Darch, Nicci Wonnacott, Josh Gaunt, Cleo Heard. The school sessions culminated in a short exhibition at Exeter Picturehouse Cinema.

The school described our efforts as “heroic” and we enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot. We built some strong relationships with the children and encouraged them to resist their enthusiasm to rebel at the cost of learning. The change in some of the children was very clear and it was great to see their pride in the exhibition. We wish them all the best for their creative futures.

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