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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Octagon Dance Associate in Residence

31 Jul 2014

Ben Wright, artistic director of bgroup, has been in residence at the Octagon Theatre as part of his Dance Associate Role.

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Take Art continues as a National Portfolio Organisation

01 Jul 2014

Arts Council England funding secured for next three years.

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DramaFest Success

30 Jun 2014

On Tuesday 24 June, over 70 students from across Somerset performed on stage at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil.

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What Change has been launched in Burnham & Highbridge!

15 Jul 2014

What Change was launched on Saturday 12 July at the Princess Theatre & Arts Centre in Burnham-on-Sea.

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SYDC success at the nationals + auditions for September announced

10 Jul 2014

Be part of SYDC's growing success in 2014/2015

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InspirED Somerset at Take Art


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"This is always an exciting event for young people. The performing and learning by watching are invaluable and memorable for them ! One cannot over-estimate the value to our young people—especially our Highbridge group. One of our girls at the Yeovil performance called out to the other Kazdanz members in the changing room just before they were due to perform, “This is my family—my real family.” What you are giving to many of these young people cannot be over-estimated. Thank you!"

Alec Brice - Youth Dance Leader.  Spring Forward