Taunton Youth Republic – new commission created by young people for Tyca Festival

Join us on 1st & 2nd November at the Castle House at the Museum of Somerset to see an exhibition of the research and creative workshops behind Taunton Youth Republic and participate in round table discussions about the future of Taunton and the role young people play in this.

One-minute Film on Somerset Artists

A series of one-minute films capture thoughts and processes behind the ambitious project by our Project Development Bursary artists Lotte Scott, Liz Gregory, Fiona Hingston, Jenny Mellings, Lucia Harley, Jane Mowat and Pennie Elfick, showing during Somerset Art Weeks Festival this year.

Urthworks by Ben Rivers opens 9th November

Renowned artist Ben Rivers presents Urthworks at Hestercombe Gallery, from 9 November 2019 to 9 February 2020.

Woolaway Reminiscence Project

A 12 month reminiscence project is being developed by artist Carolyn Lefley and Somerset Art Works, working with residents of North Taunton Woolaway houses.

What We Do


SAW’s vision is for Somerset to be a place where people expect to engage with excellent visual art that is surprising and distinctive.

Art Weeks

Somerset Art Weeks are an annual celebration of the variety and quality of contemporary art in Somerset. The annual event alternates between Open Studios and Festival Year.


SAW aims to embed learning throughout all our activity and develops learning programmes to enable professional artists to work with schools and communities.


Since 2002 SAW has worked with a wide range of arts and non-art partners, providing opportunities for artists to extend their professional practice.