Somerset Art Works is a registered charity and membership organisation. Somerset’s only countywide agency dedicated to developing the visual arts.
Part of the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio of funded organisations for 2018-2022.
In 1994 a group of Somerset artists initiated an open studio festival as a way of making contact with other artists in the county and promoting their work directly to the public. It was such a success that there has been a regular Somerset Art Weeks festival ever since. In 2000 SAW Ltd was set up to provide a permanent organisational structure and in 2007 the decision was made by SAW members to turn the festival into an annual two-weekly event with an alternating focus of Open Studios and Exhibitions and Events Festival year.
In 2016 Somerset Art Works became a registered charity which aims
‘To advance education for the public benefit in Somerset in the fields of visual arts including collaborations with other art forms’