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:
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:
- Craftivist Garden workshops with Nina Gronw-Lewis
- Partnering Somerset Wildlife Trust on the Routes to the River Tone Project in North Taunton – Nature street art, guerilla art trail, family fun days in the park, artists working in public spaces.
- Community Gardening project in North Taunton with Sarah Langley
- Film and documentation of project work with Somerset Film
- Community Weave Bombing and Consultation at the Pride in Priorswood events, summer
- A course of Weaving Workshops with Penny Wheeler, through the Z-Twist project
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
Somerset Art Works worked in collaboration with Somerset Wildlife Trust on the Routes to the River Tone Project in Taunton in 2015.