Brixham Baker Boys

The ‘Brixham Baker Boys’ project was inspired by the ‘Top Boy Bakers’; a project conceived and run by The Drawing Shed in Walthamstow, East London. The Encounters project began in Brixham at the Indigos Go Wild Adventure playground in Summercombe in early July 2014.

Forming a partnership between Play Torbay, Friends of Indigos Go Wild, and Encounters, the project was supported by Awards for All.

Boys from the ages of 8-15 worked together to learn the art of baking bread in an outdoor cob oven. This ran alongside a leather-works project for girls under the ‘Forgotten Crafts’ umbrella of projects at the site.

The boys baked for their families, other children using the playground and elderly neighbours. They also collected recipes handed down through generations. Our bakers used drama and visual documentation to record their journey through the project, ending with a celebration where they shared their ideas and experiences about what it was like to grow up in Torbay.