InspirED workshops at Stoke St Gregory School with artist Sean Harris, photo: Julie Meikle

SAW offers a wide variety of opportunities for InspirED schools through Somerset Art Works (SAW) Projects and Somerset Art Weeks - many opportunities are free of charge to subscribers.  Keep an eye out for our emails to make sure you don't miss out!

Opportunities for InspirED Schools
Summer Term 2017

Plein Air – 4 x FREE Artist Workshops

Plein air painting takes place outdoors, painting what the eye actually sees at a given time and place. Led by SAW’s professional artists these workshops are for InspirED primary schools this summer term.  Take a walk from your school to discover inspiration in your local area or visit Hestercombe House and Gardens for your artist workshop. Art work created through these workshops will be brought together for a joint exhibition to showcase to the public (at Hestercombe tbc).

For further details about workshops, to discuss booking and dates please contact

4 free half day workshops available as a benefit of InspirED subscription.  Plus 2 x subsidised workshops available at £100.


Prospect – Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2017
Saturday 23 September to Sunday 8 October

The 2017 Art Weeks Festival programme will take the theme ‘Prospect’ and promises to carry the momentum from previous years and bring excellent and innovative contemporary arts to the public.

Each year SAW produces education resources to encourage schools to view Somerset Art Weeks as a provider of fantastic opportunities right on their doorstep. There are many ways for schools to get involved and discover opportunities for inspiring creativity and learning outside the classroom.

New for Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2017 we will be offering a Discover Arts Award programme for InspirED schools, contact for more information on how to get involved and achieve your first Arts Award.

Also see

Unfamiliar Territories at Contains Art, Watchet, 05th – 29th May 2017

This exhibition of works by Jenny Graham and Sara Dudman RWA showcases their responses and interpretations of land, sky, sea, weather, environments, histories, places and people. The exhibition contrasts their experiences and encounters with coastal environments in Somerset and North Yorkshire.

Two x Free workshop days are available for InspirED schools led by artist Jenny Graham, comprising a ‘walk and talk’ tour of the exhibition plus a practical workshop out on location or back at school. Workshops can include practical skills development including 2D, 3D or low-tech printmaking and also cross-curricular approaches in response to schools’ needs.

For further details contact

Sara Dudman’s Studio


Prospectus Young People – A new project for PRUs in Taunton

SAW’s project artist will work with a group of young people, offering  a number of creative taster sessions and opportunities to work in the new studio facilities at Bridgwater and Taunton College. Young people will have the opportunity to build their skills and confidence, develop making skills and explore how to use them. Free to InspirED PRUs in Taunton, Spring/Summer 2017.
For more details contact

A helpline is provided by SAW to assist InspirED subscribers. For more information on any items above please contact Beccy Swaine 01458 253800