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Okehampton College Students Celebrate Devon in Art Project

Artworks produced by Okehampton College students are being showcased at a number of the county's top hotels. As part of an art workshop, for gifted and talented students aged between 11 and 14, students produced a range of images celebrating what they love best about Devon.

The students were set the challenge by Exeter based PR and Marketing consultancy, One Voice Media. Lisa Vanstone, director of One Voice Media briefed the students in person, explaining how students could develop their skills for the workplace and the type of job opportunities that might be available to them in the future.

Amber Hughes, the project leader and an art teacher at Okehampton College, said "the students were really inspired to learn about opportunities to work within the creative industries, being set a real challenge really spurred them on.

Lisa said “The quality of work created by the students, and in such a short space of time is very inspiring. It was a fantastic project to take part in and one that fits with our company's ethos to help young people understand how their passions and skills are valued within the working environment. One Voice has developed a comprehensive work experience scheme in recent years, aimed at over 18s, and has undertaken a number of projects with local schools for younger students, which has been extremely rewarding for our staff and the young people involved.”

Darryl Chapman, Executive principal, of Okehampton College said “I was extremely impressed with the imagination and skill our students have shown during this workshop. The work is very impressive. Thank you to Lisa Vanstone for making the trip to our school to deliver such an inspiring brief and I’m very proud of the fact that the students postcards will be available to see in such a range of hotels across the county – very well done!”

The students work can be viewed at and has since been turned into a series of postcards, which hotels across the county are displaying. Derek Phillips, honorary secretary of Devon Hotels and Restaurants Association, said "the Devon Hotels Association supports Exeter College’s work to help young people into the hospitality industry, most often as chefs, waiting staff, hotel and restaurant managers. The hospitality and tourism industries are so important for the South West and that has a significant impact on the wider business community in areas including the creative industries. The students work on this project demonstrates this perfectly. I am pleased to be able to share their work through the Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association."

Main image by Isaac Carter, aged 12

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