Dawlish Mosaics

Presenting the two beautiful community mosaics from Dawlish Journeys A journey by land, sea and air by humans, animals and machine across Dawlish. Thank you to the home Educated Families who designed these, it took 20 hours including design and efforts from 131 members the Dawlish Community to make these beautiful works of art for Dawlish. We are hoping to house these at the train station and will keep you updated on this development. A huge thank you to our community artist Monica Shanta Brown http://www.monica-shanta.net/monica-shanta/Welcome.html

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Animation at Red Rock

Behind the scenes!

Some very focused work over 2.5 hours with these 10-13 year olds learning about stop motion animation at Red Rock’s Friday Youth Group in Dawlish.

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February and March Workshops and Events

An evening with poet Matt Harvey at Dawlish Library

Matt HarveyHumorous, quirky and entertaining poet Matt Harvey will be making a special appearance in Dawlish for an evening of performance poetry.

Organised by the new Poetry for Pleasure Group in Dawlish, Matt Harvey, guest poet at Wimbledon Tennis Championships and a regular on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live programme will be at Dawlish Library from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday 25th February.

The new poetry group in Dawlish was established a part of a community arts project in the town supported by Arts Wave Devon offering arts opportunities with the theme of ‘Dawlish Journeys’.  The art project has worked with the Dawlish community since September 2014 and has already worked with over 1500 people, providing workshops and events from the Christmas lantern parade to dancing in the streets.

Tickets are  £5 – to include glass of wine or soft drink and are available from Open DAW or Dawlish Library in advance or you can telephone Angie on 01626 864994 or email: opendaw@btconnect.com

More arts wave devon art activities announced in Dawlish!

Free Mosaic Workshop


Join arts wave devon at The Strand Centre (United Reform Church) on Friday 27th February to help complete the community mosaic.  A free workshop between 10am-2pm with a break for lunch. Everyone welcome, no booking required.

Free Dance workshop for Dawlish Library Memory Café

Dawlish Dancers

On Monday 9th March between 2-3.30pm The Dawlish Dancers will be leading a special dance session for the memory cafe.  Contact Diane Flavin for more information: diane.flavin@devon.gov.uk

Animation and Dance Workshop at Red Rock Youth Centre


On Friday 27th February and 13th March from 6pm, arts wave devon will be running animation workshops with young people aged 10+.  There will also be special creative dance workshops throughout February and March on a Thursday evening for young people with special needs as part of No Limits Youth Group.

If you are interested in the activities at Red Rock please contact Shirley at Dawlish Action for Youth on 01626 889288 for further information.

STEAM: Dawlish Local Line – 5th December 2014

Join arts wave devon Dawlish Journeys for our celebration event STEAM: Dawlish Local Line.

Meet us outside Dawlish Train Station to start the journey at 4.30pm.

If you arrive by train into Dawlish between 4.15-4.46pm you will be greeted by The South Devon Singers and some free mince pies to welcome you to the celebration.  You may also notice The Dawlish Dancers (over 55s group) outside Geronimo’s cafe causing a stir in red.

From 4.45pm follow our lantern parade, with children from Gatehouse, Kenn Church of England and Kenton Primary Schools and the Home Educated Network with their specially made beacons to light the way to the piazza.

From 4.50pm at the piazza you will find outdoor dance/parkour performance by The Urban Playground Team with performers from South Devon College accompanied by the South Devon Singers.

From 5pm Father Christmas will lead the way as the community process to the bandstand.

At the bandstand you will find a host of festive activities and performances, including Westcliffe School Choir. Warm up with a free glass of hot chocolate or mulled wine, or a free hot dog (for children) and get ready for the Mayor to switch on the Christmas Lights at 6pm.

After the big switch on, join us in The Strand Centre (United Reform Church) for dance performances by Cockwood Primary, Dawlish Community College and South Devon College.  There will also be an exhibition of poetry from our Poetry for Pleasure group on the theme of Dawlish Journeys.  We will also have our Dawlish Journeys Community Mosaic on display.  The mosaic has been designed by local children and made by participants of all ages including ‘No Limits’ group at Red Rock, home educated children, Cockwood Primary and visitors to The Strand Centre.  We will be asking for YOUR suggestions for where you would like to see the mosaic on display in Dawlish.

This event will finish at 7pm.

We look forward to seeing you this Friday, as we celebrate Dawlish Journeys!

Please note:
In very bad weather – join us in The Strand Centre.
Times listed are a guide for audiences to find us along the journey and should be considered as best estimates.

Dawlish Town Council flyer

The Community Mosaic takes shape

Artist Monica Shanta Brown has been working with groups in Dawlish to make a community mosaic. Designed by 10 home educated families at a free workshop at The Manor in  November, the group used the theme of Dawlish Journeys to inspire them.  From their ideas, Monica has created two 1 metre square panels and has been visiting The Strand Centre on Wednesday afternoons to offer free drop in sessions to Dawlish. The mosaic has also visited Red Rock’s Thursday night group No Limits and is visiting Cockwood Primary this week.  Families are invited to take part on Saturday 29th November between 1-4pm at The Strand Centre in Dawlish.  It’s all hands on deck, so come and add your piece to the mosaic.

The completed mosaic will be unveiled at our celebration event on the 5th December, from 6pm at The Strand Centre.  You will be able to make suggestions of where the mosaic should be displayed in Dawlish when visiting the exhibition which runs between 5-7th December.

There’s still time to get involved:

Free community workshops – just drop in.

29th November – 1-4pm The Strand

3rd December – 1.30-3pm The Strand


Friday 5th December – 6-7pm

Saturday 6th December  – (in foyer ) 9.30-2pm

Sunday 7th December -11.30- 4pm

Home Educated Families enjoy lantern and mosaic workshops

On Monday 3rd November 6 home educated families kicked off the lantern making with local carnival and costume designer Iola Wier at The Manor House in Dawlish. They designed a number of triangular willow frames and one ambitious family worked on a large globe shaped lantern. The families will join in the lantern procession on the 5th December as part of the celebration event. They will be joined by local primary school children, including classes from Kenn Church of England Primary, Kenton Primary and Gatehouse Primary, all of whom will be making lanterns with Iola this November.

6 home educated families also helped local artist Monica Shanta Brown to design the Dawlish Community Mosaic. Monica will be visiting The Strand Centre, Butterfly, The Manor House and Red Rock’s Thursday night group No Limits, with panels of the mosaic for different groups to contribute to the mosaic. There are four open workshops on Wednesday afternoons at The Strand Centre from 12th November-3rd December between 1.30-3pm.  There is also a family workshop on the 29th November 1-4pm at The Strand.  Just turn up to any of these sessions and give it a go-it’s free.  Further details can be found here.

Sarah Thomas from the Home Educated Network in Dawlish, who hosted the session,  said “the 1st lantern and mosaic workshops went really well and everyone enjoyed them.  The adults enjoyed both as much as the children – with adults discovering they has lantern making and drawing skills. It was lovely to meet and work with Iola and Monica and we’re looking forward to the next workshop.”

Thanks to Sarah for taking these great photos of Monday’s workshop.

We look forward to seeing the results of both projects on the 5th December!

FREE Community Mosaic Workshops

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering free community workshops in Dawlish to make a mosaic for Dawlish.

We have asked young people in Dawlish to help our local artist design a mosaic with the them of Dawlish Journeys.  The mosaic will be divided into three metre squared parts and will be donated to the community.

There are 5 open sessions at The Strand Centre (United Reformed Church) in Dawlish.  Each session is free and there is no need to book, just come along.  The age guidance is 7 years + and children under 16 should be supervised by an adult.  Everyone is welcome to contribute to YOUR mosaic.

Wednesday Workshops:

12th, 19th, 26th November & 3rd December

1.30-3.00pm, The Strand Centre, Dawlish

FAMILY Weekend Workshop:

Saturday 29th November

1.00-4.00pm at The Strand Centre, Dawlish

The Strand Centre are also offering a 10% discount on lunch from 12 noon for all participants.

We will reveal the community mosaic on the 5th December 2014 after the switching on of the Christmas Lights in Dawlish.  Join us from 6pm at The Strand Centre to see the completed mosaic, and add your suggestion of where you would like the mosaic to be displayed in the Dawlish Community.