Artist Louis Masai in Priorswood North Taunton, Photo: Jon England

Somerset Art Works has been delivering a programme of community engagement activities in North Taunton through the Our Place project since 2014.

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:
Community creativity
Community participation
Sustainable community environments, places and spaces

Our programme for 2019 includes:

Woolaway Reminiscence Project

A 12 month reminiscence project with artist Carolyn Lefley and Somerset Art Works

Council-owned, defective Woolaway houses are being demolished and rebuilt on an estate in North Taunton. Artist Carolyn Lefley will engage with residents and their families, to listen to, record and archive their memories during this time of change.
Project blog: https://woolawaystories.home.blog/

During informal meetings and conversations over a cup of tea, residents will be invited to share their stories about life over the years in the North Taunton Woolaway houses. The project will engage with residents, and their families, to listen to their memories and potentially photograph homes or gardens.

The final output of the project will celebrate personal stories and shared social history, ideas will evolve in collaboration with residents.


A Somerset Art Works community engagement project, working with the North Taunton Woolaway Project. Funded by Arts Council England and Somerset West and Taunton Council.

Create + Place

Somerset Art Works is out and about through the summer of 2019 delivering family friendly creative workshops and community consultation in Priorswood and Halcon as part of the new Create + Place project with Somerset West and Taunton Council and Fuse.  Our workshop artists include Megan Players (paper, paint and clay workshops) and Print House – an initiative led by sixth form students from South Dartmoor College who run screen printing workshops for young people.

 

Funded by  Somerset West and Taunton Council and Arts Council England.


Lyngford film – Youth Project

Lyngford film (2018-2019) 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.

Drop in film making workshops were run by Aphra Evans and Sarah Langley through the spring and summer of 2019.  These are the films the young people made.

Project blog for more information: https://lyngfordfilm.wordpress.com/

A Somerset Art Works project with funding from Arts Council England, Somerset Crimebeat Trust, Somerset West and Taunton Council. Supported by North Taunton One Team, North Taunton PCSOs, Priorswood Community Centre.


 

Programme 2018

Lyngford Labyrinth – Wild flower meadow labyrinth on Lyngford Park.
See our 2 minute film made by Reuben Jelley at the popular Pride in Priorswood summer activity days organised by Priorswood Community Centre. Somerset Art Works’ artists Christopher Jelley, Sarah Langley and Flora Arbuthnott led free creative activities for families.


Priorswood Community Centre 20 year Anniversary Project 

Somerset Art Works artist Emma Finch worked with Priorswood Community Centre to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Through collaboration with the community history group and volunteers, Emma collected images and stories from the area to create a commemorative textile wall hanging and celebration mugs which visually link the community centre to the history of the local area, raising awareness of it’s role as a welcoming hub for all the community.


In 2017 we continued our work in the area with new funding from the Postcode Local Trust to engage with local people to collectively improve community spaces.


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

 


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:

More project documentation is on our you tube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/websitesaw/videos

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.

Priorswood Community Centre – Celebrating 20 Years

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

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’.

Craftivist Garden

Somerset Art Works co-ordinated a Somerset cluster of the national Craftivist project. Workshops facilitated by Nina Gronw-Lewis took place in North Taunton as part of SAW's Our Place project and at various venues around the county.

Routes to the River Tone with Somerset Wildlife Trust

Somerset Art Works worked in collaboration with Somerset Wildlife Trust on the Routes to the River Tone Project in Taunton in 2015.

North Taunton Community Gardening Project

Sarah Langley leads a community gardening initiative in North Taunton as part of SAW’s Our Place project.

Pride in Priorswood Community Consultation Days

During August 2014 SAW took part in the Pride in Priorswood events to meet local people and find out what creative community projects they wanted to get involved in and why.

Weave Bombing and Pom Poms

Penny Wheeler ran Weave Bombing and Pom Pom making activities at the Pride in Priorswood events over the Summer of 2014.

Weaving Workshops at Priorswood Community Centre

A course of 6 sessions from June to October 2014 at Priorswood Community Centre run by Penny Wheeler.