Kelly Thorne (Kexx) is a street artist and experienced rap therapist. Using hiphop culture to engage hard to reach young people in 2012 when she won the Devon and Cornwall Probation award for innovation for her rap therapy work in prisons. Since then she founded 4Elementz and using hiphop culture and her media skills combined with her probation officer skills designed a project that would positively impact on many young lives and the local community as a whole. She has successfully completed 8 years of grant funded projects and has a large portfolio of work under her belt.
Including; Project managing the launch of a peer to peer community rap studio, designing and publishing the Art of Rap workbook used by YOI and prisons, year of workshops with schools, prisons and community groups helping young people learn new music and media skills. Her work and mentoring has launched many creative careers for disadvantaged local people and build a lasting music and creative arts scene in the deprived area of Camborne.
Ten years on since she started using rap lyrics to engage prisoners she is now one of the UK's leading experts in Rap Therapy.
Kexx is an up and coming street artist in her own right. With a passion for both street art and local community she has driven an art movement in her home town of Camborne. With the passion to turn her deprived post industrial town into a street art mecca she has already successfully project managed numerous local murals.
Kexx's art work is stencil and past up based and combines her passion for photography. Being a female street artist she is also keen to empower females with positive images of women in her work.
Check out her instagram for more of her work @kexx_streetartist
Kexx is an experienced workshop and youth art mentor. With 8 years of teaching workshops in art to a range of people including, in prison, in schools, to youth groups and to adults. Specialising with children at risk of exclusion and people in custody. Workshops have included teaching Media skills, photography, videography, rap lyric writing, studio recording, street art and print making.