What we do

Take Art is a pioneering arts charity, serving the towns, villages and rural communities of Somerset. We do this by providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to experience, participate and work within the arts.


rural touring

We play a vital role in keeping villages alive and vibrant through our hugely successful rural touring scheme, which works by offering memorable live arts experiences to thousands of people across Somerset.


early years

We provide opportunities for Somerset’s under fives and their families to take part in high quality arts experiences. Start works collaboratively locally, regionally and internationally to explore and enhance young children’s creativity and well-being.



With a focus on excellence, ambition and accessibility, Take Art Music is a brand new service, working with music partners, youth groups and schools across Somerset to deliver an exciting participatory programme of music for young people.



We believe that dance is for everyone and anyone can dance. As the county dance agency we support high quality performance and participation throughout Somerset.



We dream of a county where artists, practitioners and companies are inspired to make, produce and present extraordinary theatre for the people who live in and around Somerset.  Our job is to help make this happen.



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Workshop your words and polish up your play

04 Oct 2016

Join Boiling Kettle's Writer/Director Sian Williams for a 'Writing About Somerset' workshop at 2pm - 4.30pm on the afternoon of 19 Nov, proceeding her highly recommended new play Defender of the Dead.

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Calling all Teachers: Dip into the Inspiration

27 Sep 2016

InspirED through Take Art is launching it’s new season of workshops, CPD, shows and opportunities for primary, secondary and Early Years settings. Have a look at our mini brochure below for a taste of what we have on offer.

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HOT OFF THE PRESS: The Sept-Dec 2016 Take Art Brochure

12 Sep 2016

It's the season of mist and mellow fruitfulness and that means a new Take Art brochure, full of inspiring ways to boost your melatonin, decorate your evenings and improve your social life.

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Getting down to Elementals

06 Sep 2016

On Monday 5 September the Take Art Early Years team met up with artists, advisors and researchers from the Early Years Elements project for a skills sharing day, including Dr Karen Wickett from Plymouth University, who will be carrying out research on the project.

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Dance on Tour!

06 Sep 2016

The Rural Touring Dance Initiative is coming to a village near you, as the first shows start touring around Somerset and the UK. Dates Now Released!

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