Artist Louis Masai in Priorswood North Taunton, Photo: Jon England

Somerset Art Works has been delivering a programme of community engagement activities in North Taunton through the Our Place project.

Our creative programme in North Taunton encourages people to explore their neighbourhoods, identify opportunities to improve the local environment for play, attractiveness, ecological diversity and health and wellbeing.

Our aims are to develop:
Community creativity
Community participation
Sustainable community environments, places and spaces

In 2017 we continue our work in the area with new funding from the Postcode Local Trust to engage with local people to collectively improve community spaces. Further details will appear on this page as plans develop.


In 2016 Somerset Art Works successfully gained a Pocket Park grant to work with the communities of North Taunton and Taunton Deane Borough Council to improve and refresh a run-down play area known locally as ‘The Cage’. Through wildlife-friendly planting and community engagement activities we aim to transform an ugly, underused public space into somewhere that can be enjoyed and appreciated by all ages.
Full details on the Blackthorn Gardens Pocket park Click Here

Short film about the project

The Pocket Park project was funded through a SAW bid to the Department for Communities and Local Government, with additional funding support from the Postcode Local Trust and the Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust.  With thanks to Somerset Wildlife Trust for planting support.


 

2014-15 Project Work was funded by The People’s Health Trust, an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. Taunton Deane Borough Council and Arts Council England also provided funding and project work included:

Watch short You Tube videos of our project work:

Watch a 2 minute overview of some of our 2015 project work here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPO-ZfD7-zk

For a five minute overview on SAW’s Routes to the River Tone collaboration with Somerset Wildlife Trust watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgH_es4U2Pw

More project documentation is on our you tube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/websitesaw/videos

 

Craftivist Garden

Somerset Art Works co-ordinated a Somerset cluster of the national Craftivist project. Workshops facilitated by Nina Gronw-Lewis took place in North Taunton as part of SAW's Our Place project and at various venues around the county.

Routes to the River Tone with Somerset Wildlife Trust

Somerset Art Works worked in collaboration with Somerset Wildlife Trust on the Routes to the River Tone Project in Taunton in 2015.

North Taunton Community Gardening Project

Sarah Langley leads a community gardening initiative in North Taunton as part of SAW’s Our Place project.

Pride in Priorswood Community Consultation Days

During August 2014 SAW took part in the Pride in Priorswood events to meet local people and find out what creative community projects they wanted to get involved in and why.

Weave Bombing and Pom Poms

Penny Wheeler ran Weave Bombing and Pom Pom making activities at the Pride in Priorswood events over the Summer of 2014.

Weaving Workshops at Priorswood Community Centre

A course of 6 sessions from June to October 2014 at Priorswood Community Centre run by Penny Wheeler.

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