Early years children deserve top quality creative arts opportunities

“The Carousel Project in all its activities is underpinned by the belief that early years children deserve top quality creative arts opportunities and engagement. This is evident in the thoroughness with which they approach their projects and workshops and the professionalism of their artist-practitioners. The Carousel Project makes Devon a much richer county for families with young children to live in and grow.” – Catherine Cartwright, Director, Double Elephant Print Workshop

Since our launch in 2011, Carousel have developed a positive collaborative relationship with University of Exeter’s (UoE) Graduate School of Education and multiple collaborative relationships with local and national EY providers and strategy organisations (eg Children’s Centres and Early Arts), as well as Arts Organisations such as Exeter Library, Exeter Museum, Spacex and Double Elephant Print Workshop.

Across 2013/14, The Carousel Project artists and a University of Exeter researcher worked in local Children’s centres, pre-schools and creative spaces on a collaborative action research project. The project explored ‘how does creative arts practice effectively support Early Years children’s development?’

3 Carousel artists created and delivered six mini projects, each project
 spanning a six-weeks. They worked with over 100 children and their parents/carers, ranging in age from 4 months+  to 70 years+.  The research has been disseminated at the British Educational Research Conference 2014 at the Institute of Education in London and via this short film.   See Carousel Research for further information.

Exeter City Council and RAMM