SAW Ltd has recently set up an initiative to encourage SAW members to work together and to develop projects in their local area, supported by Arts Council England, the Lottery Awards for All Fund, the Somerset Partnership Fund and the five Somerset District Authorities.

Four projects took place across Somerset during the summer of 2008.

The River Brue Arts Festival

A project organised by Highbridge and Burnham Artists (HABA). Artists led by Sue Hammond-Lovatt worked with family groups and residential homes for the elderly making sculptures for a trail along the River Brue in May 08. Young people also painted a mural at the yacht club at one end of the trail.

Unfreeze the Music

Bronwen Bradshaw and her team of artists orchestrated a public event to make a huge charcoal drawing on a patchwork of canvasses, featuring the West Front of Wells Cathedral. The ‘performance’ took place on 21st June with18 easels set up and videos cameras recording the event. The ‘patchwork’ was sewn together and exhibited in Wells in July and was on show during Art Weeks 08.

Woad – A Dyeing Plant

This project led by Carolyn Griffiths will follow the growing and harvesting of a crop of woad in the grounds of the Blue House in Frome. Local people will then work with artists to extract indigo, dye cloth and create samples. A talk and exhibition about the project tookplace in August 08.

Art of the Matter

A series of textile, clay and paper workshops led by Rebecca Yeo and a team of artists who are members of the Shave Farm group near Bruton. Local people in the Wincanton/Bruton area will work alongside the artists using recycled and natural materials and traditional craft processes to create objects. An exhibition of project work held at the Balsam Centre in Wincanton in August. 08