At TRAIL, we are a passionate artist-led organisation dedicated to promoting environmental awareness through the power of recycled art. Nestled along the South Devon coast in Teignmouth, our annual sculpture trail enchants visitors throughout the summer season with its thought-provoking display of recycled artworks and compelling environmental messages. However, our mission extends far beyond exhibitions. We actively engage with the community through various initiatives, including workshops where participants can uncover their artistic potential while learning about sustainable practices. Moreover, we take great pride in collaborating with environmental campaigns and organisations, crafting sculptures that convey powerful messages. Our partnerships with local schools and community groups empower us to inspire the younger generation and cultivate a deeper sense of environmental stewardship. By offering educational workshops for schools, families, and individuals alike, we aim to strengthen our community, foster advocacy, and deepen our understanding of the environment. We also offer regular workshops, where we collaborate on a community installation that enhances shared spaces, fosters togetherness, and advocates for change that benefits both the community and the environment. Through skill sharing and intergenerational collaboration, we are committed to combating social isolation and creating a brighter future for all. However, to continue our important work, we need funding. Your support will enable us to offer schools the opportunity to create recycled sculptures, with a day of education on various environmental issues, empowering young people to use art as a voice for change. Additionally, we can host workshops during school holidays, allowing families and individuals to create, learn, and strengthen our community's bonds while raising awareness about environmental issues. With your support, we can continue advocating for environmental stewardship, nurturing creativity, and inspiring positive change. Together, we can make a lasting impact on the environment and the lives of those within our community.
TRAIL 2024 aims
Schools & Organisations sculpture workshops
We aim to offer as many local schools and organisations the opportunity of workshops to create a sculpture, this will include at least one day of discussions, educational materials, and sculpture-making for as many pupils as possible. The finished artwork(s) will form the annual sculpture TRAIL and then will be re-sited on the school/organisations grounds as a lasting mark of the work created.
"The kids have learned so much today"
"It's great they have had the opportunity to do this, we just don't have time around teaching, it's great, thank you"
"I've really enjoyed this, its fun and I can tell my family I've made this"
"I think everyone will learn more about this now when they see our art"
"We'll always say yes to do this again, we love the work you do, and getting all the kids involved is a great way to bring us all together"
"Thank you for this opportunity"
School holiday workshops
3 creative days a week during each holiday including, 1 week in April, 1 week in May, 4 weeks in August.
open for all where we will explore various environmental issues, and have educational materials to use and take away whilst creating recycled art to express our thoughts and feelings on community and environment.
"It's a lovely way to spend time with my family, I see them do things I don't get a chance to usually"
"I've learned so much today and it's great there are such things as this for everyone"
"I love it, I want to come every day"
"You need to get funding for this, it is a really valuable resource for everyone"
"I would not think of doing things like this but this has made me think so much and I want to do more"
After-school creative workshops
12 weeks of weekly meets, + ongoing if funding additional funding secured.
A regular after-school meeting group where we explore different environmental issues that affect ourselves as individuals and as a community whilst creating art that will form a larger scale installation within the town that will enhance a shared space and display our community togetherness.
"I love being able to do lots of creative things and it's good we are doing stuff for ourselves and the environment"
"I like being part of this because I can share how I feel about things through everything I make"
"Can you come to my School and do this, I love it"
Community large-scale installation
12 weeks of weekly meets
Workshops with a focus on offering all of the community a chance to create a lasting art installation that reflects community and environment. The installation will be placed in a shared community space for all to appreciate, foster a greater sense of community, improve the shared space, and advocate discussions of the environment within the community and a wider audience.
"Proud to Be a part of Something Truly Meaningful"
"I like I can be part of things that make the town look nice"
"It brings us all together and it doesn't matter if you are good at art or not"
"I am proud of myself and everyone is going to see this"
"I've made friends here, I've been creative and this area looks nicer than it did before"
"What shall we do next"