Make the Most - Laura Ellen Bacon 2013. Photo: Seb King

See some of our previously commissioned projects


Momentum is the theme of Somerset Art Works’ creative programme between 2015 – 2017. We want to invite artists, curators and artist-led groups to engage with us to create new work, exploring aspects of the theme through contemporary visual arts and craft.


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’.


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.

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’.

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.

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.

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.

Momentum Open Call

A series of site-specific contemporary visual arts commissions to be presented across Somerset during Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2015 (3rd to 18th October 2015), in any media, taking a different approach to the theme of ‘Momentum’.


Z–Twist brought together artists, designers, textile producers, educators, curators and archivists to raise the profile of high quality textiles in Somerset and the South West - past, present and future.

Make the Most at Barrington Court

Make the Most Working with partners Craftspace and the National Trust, a vibrant exhibition of contemporary craft, sourced locally, nationally and internationally was showcased at Barrington Court, Somerset.


‘Abundance’ is a new programme created for Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2013, featuring exhibitions, new commissions and events. Connecting the wider public with the creativity between the cultivation of gardens and art making in Somerset.

Make, Create , Cultivate 2013 -14

The central focus of a two year programme of visual and applied arts activity was the imaginative and innovative use of locally sourced raw materials, and ways of translating these processes and products into new platforms and markets for makers, producers and artists.

Maximum Exposure

The project created a series of new visual arts commissions, exposing enigmatic or unknown aspects of Somerset. The project aimed to attract new audiences through bringing new and dynamic work to the region, and through a series of associated events.


'Reveal' is a working partnership between Somerset Art Works and Somerset Film. 'Reveal' aims to raise the profile of visual arts and media across the county by active collaboration.

The Avalon Project @ Glastonbury Festival 2013

Somerset Art Works promote the county’s leading artists and their works at the summer’s headlining festivals, including Glastonbury!

The Great Crane Art Project

SAW has engaged a number of professional artists to develop a programme of community engagement projects inspired by cranes to offer creative opportunities to local schools, groups and individuals and to help raise awareness of this fascinating conservation project.

The Hunky Punks Project

Somerset Art Works with The Churches Conservation Trust and the New Saints Young People’s Group in Langport, Somerset

Around here

In 2010 artists Sue Palmer and Simon Lee Dicker explored the art of place making in Langport with a focus on the public and civic spaces in the town.

Company of Voices – Making Matters

Making Matters was part of the Somerset-wide Company of Voices intergenerational project. The aim of the project was to bring together older (50+) and younger people (under 25) to work together on positive activities that are of benefit to the local community.

Safe Play Project with Knightstone Housing

In 2012 SAW worked on a project in Crewkerne in partnership with Knightstone Housing. Lead artist Sophy Denny worked with local families to develop creative ways of raising the profile of Street Play - with the aim of encouraging drivers to show consideration and awareness of children playing outside.

Project Taunton

Taunton Deane Borough Council commissioned a Connectivity + Legibility Study to create guidance to improve and enhance way-finding and ensure a coordinated approach to public art across Taunton town centre. Reveal Partners were also invited to stage a two day consultation event in the High Street

Safe Routes

Safe Routes engages young people through an arts based approach explore both the rational and emotional response to the journey to and from school, particularly at the time of transition from primary to secondary school.

River Parrett Revisited

Artist Simon Lee Dicker came up with the idea of creating an Internet based drawing that is activated through exploration.

Revealing the Landscape

The Neroche Scheme has commissioned a diverse range of artists to make work in relation to the Neroche landscape.

Art Weeks 09 Artists-in-school Programme

Continuing on from the success of Somerset Art Weeks 2008 educational programme for schools, SAW and SPAEDA (Somerset’s Arts Education Partnership), teamed up again to develop an education programme for Somerset Art Weeks 2009

Artists At Work

Artists At Work are a series of short films created by artists Kate Noble, Mark Parry and Bronwen Bradshaw.


Triparks was set in three different rural places, defined by political boundaries: Dartmoor, Exmoor and Northumberland National Parks.

Young People’s Film Project – Artist’s Interviews

As part of the Art Weeks 2008 Education Programme, South Somerset District Council and The Engine Room worked together in supporting young film makers in the area understand more about the digital media industry by creating a video about artists participating in the Art Weeks.

Young People’s Film and Animation Workshops 2008

Led by Stanchester Media Club, the Digital Double Decker Bus was toured within the South Somerset area to deliver digital media workshops to young people and schools.

‘Transience’ – web artwork by Sue Palmer part of ‘Revealing The Landscape’

Sue Palmer has been commissioned to produce sound and video pieces to go on the Web and hand held PDAs. She is exploring migratory and transitory paths made by humans and non-humans across the Neroche landscape.


Landmarks was a multi-faceted arts, education and environment project devised and managed by SAW Ltd that was designed to provide opportunities for visual artists to “work with environmental agencies across Somerset” in order to “reconnect rural and urban communities to the land through the arts.”

Local Networking Projects 2008

SAW Ltd has recently set up an initiative to encourage SAW members to work together and to develop projects in their local area, supported by Arts Council England, the Lottery Awards for All Fund, the Somerset Partnership Fund and the five Somerset District Authorities.

Artists on Trains

Rail passengers travelling on two popular routes from Bristol Temple Meads – the lines to Taunton and to Weymouth have been involved in an exciting art project involving artists Bronwen Bradshaw, Jenni Dutton, and Leo Saunders.

Studio Works

To celebrate this, 11 artists were invited to work with our guide designer Chantelle Henocq, graduate photographer Sebastian King and Somerset based writer David Davis, to produce a collection of images that are incorporated in the guide and other publicity materials.

New Eyes

New Eyes aimed at showcasing the wealth of arts and crafts talent in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The project offered opportunities for art activity and training for the arts and crafts sector in the Blackdown Hills. This project was managed by the artists themselves, and invited local artists and craftspeople to submit ideas to make work about the Blackdown Hills in any media they chose.

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