Sean Harris, Cranes and Communities, 2016. Photo by Davina Jelley

County of Contrasts

A curatorial programme in 2019 to include new commissions and site-specific work by artists in the UK and in Somerset.

Quiet Places for Unquiet Minds

A SAW artist residency programme working with Mind groups around the county, aiming to help those struggling with mental illness to express themselves, to feel more engaged in their communities and experience a better quality of life.

Young ProspectUs

A SAW project working with young people in Pupil Referral Units in Taunton, exploring the value of arts and education, with a focus on transition and developing informal access to training and skills.

Our Place

Somerset Art Works has been developing and delivering projects with the communities of North Taunton since 2014. Our creative programme encourages people to explore their neighbourhoods, identify opportunities to improve the local environment for play, attractiveness, ecological diversity and health and wellbeing.

Create + Place

Somerset Art Works is working with the communities of Priorswood and Halcon as part of the new Create + Place project with Somerset West and Taunton Council and Fuse.

Lyngford Film

Lyngford film is a community based youth project encouraging young people from the Priorswood area and users of Lyngford Park to have their say about where they live and share their concerns and hopes for the future.

West Sedgemoor Labyrinth

Christopher Jelley designed a Moth Meadow Labyrinth for National Meadows Day

Apex Park Labyrinth

During the summer of 2019 Christopher Jelley designed a new grass Labyrinth for Apex Park in the Burnham-on-Sea / Highbridge area.

Priorswood Community Centre – Celebrating 20 Years

Somerset Art Works artist Emma Finch working with Priorswood Community Centre to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

Lyngford Labyrinth

In the summer of 2018 a wild flower labyrinth emerged in the heart of Lyngford Park in Priorswood, Taunton, creating a path full of meaning and life to be explored through its twists and turns.


Prospect is Somerset Art Works’ new programme between 2017 – 2018. Following the momentum of our creative programme 2015-17, 'Prospect' aims to provide continuing opportunities for artists and audiences throughout Somerset. There will be range of partnership projects, new commissions and opportunities in different locations and venues.

A Landscape Of Objects

This project consists of a series of site-specific commissions, residencies and curated shows, in a range of media, taking a different approach to the theme of ‘A Landscape of Objects’ setting the work within different cultivated landscapes of Somerset culminating in a vibrant programme work or activity for Art Weeks 2017 and further developments in 2018. It aims to encourage research by artists into the spirit of place, local identity and rural context in their making.


Somerset Art Works is delighted to announce involvement in PROCESSIONS, a mass participation artwork to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave the first British women the right to vote.

Muse: Makers in Museums

Eight creative craft commissions for artists to make new work in response to the special collections to be found in the small local rural museums of Devon and Somerset.

Water – Meadow – Wood

Somerset Art Works is delivering a three year artist residency programme at Yeovil Country Park following the themes of Water – Meadow – Wood.

Blackthorn Gardens Pocket Park

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 an unloved play area known locally as ‘The Cage’.


The large tithe barn at Stoke Sub Hamdon Priory, Somerset, is amongst a rare and unique group of medieval domestic and agricultural buildings. This was the focus of a contemporary craft project in 2015. The commissioned artworks was exhibited as part of Somerset Art Weeks 2017 at the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury.

Cranes and Communities

Visual artist, animator and film-maker Sean Harris takes up the Cranes and Communities commission running through 2016 in partnership with The Great Crane Project. 'Echo-Maker' culminates in a series of outdoor events in November / December 2016.


A new commission at Lytes Cary Manor with highly acclaimed artists: Gary Breeze, Alison Crowther, Malcolm Martin collaborating with Gaynor Dowling and Annemarie O’Sullivan. Curated by Yvonna Demczynska from FLOW Gallery London to showcase contemporary craft: makers, skills, materials and thinking in the context of the site and subject ‘Herbarium’.