Hopper

Welcome to Hopper, our new Early Years Theatre Project taking place throughout 2017/18. Find out more here...

Here at Take Art we believe that the Arts are not just for grown ups, students or school children. That is why we work hard to make sure toddlers, babies and the under fives in Somerset and beyond have access to top quality creative experiences, tailored to their unfolding minds and imaginations.

That is why Take Art has joined forces with Surrey Arts and China Plate to launch Hopper, a brand new 20 month initiative that will create opportunities for over 3,500 babies and pre-school children to experience and influence the development of great art and culture in their Early Years setting.

Taking place over two-years, Hopper will bring specially created theatre shows into, pre-schools, nurseries, theatres, libraries and children’s centres, focusing on children from poorer less advantaged areas.

The project will also support seven theatre companies in developing 70+ high quality and relevant performances and children and Early Years staff will be invited to take part in the development process. This means that the companies can work with the under fives to make the best shows possible for them.

During the project Take Art, Surrey Arts and China Plate will also work in partnership with key local theatres; The Brewhouse in Taunton; Bridgwater Arts Centre, The egg in Bath and Camberley Theatre in Surrey.

Hopper starts in January 2017 with a year of development and planning, followed by a three seasons of touring and performance.

The project has received £92k funding from the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Fund and £24k funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

"We’re really pleased to be supporting Hopper as we believe that all children and young people, whoever they are and wherever they live, should have the opportunity to experience the richness of arts and culture."

Phil Gibby the SW Area Director for the Arts Council, Arts Council England

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Hopper - Call out for Artists

24 Feb 2017

Take Art, Surrey Arts and China Plate are looking for submissions from theatre makers to take part in an exciting two-year pilot project that will create opportunities for young children to experience high quality performances in Early Years (EY) settings in Somerset and Surrey.

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New Hopper Project Set to Reshape Early Years Theatre

17 Jan 2017

Somerset Arts organisation Take Art, in partnership with Surrey Arts and China Plate, has received £92k from the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Fund and £24k from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for the Early Years regional Theatre project Hopper, focusing on Somerset and Surrey in 2017/18.

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