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 2018 includes:

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
Celebration wall hanging, mugs, textiles and interior design.

Multimedia Youth Project on Lyngford Park – Project with local young people, creative use of technology to have a voice in 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

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 is 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.

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