Our work in Somerset Schools and Early Years Settings

Here at Take Art we are committed to supporting creative education from 0 – 18 and beyond, bringing high quality theatre, dance, music and arts experiences to children in Early Years settings, primary, middle and secondary schools.  

Alongside our work in schools, we also have numerous performance and development opportunities for young dancers through our annual Spring Forward Dance Festival,Jump Start Boys Dance Group and the Somerset Youth Dance Company. We also work with young people in PRUs delivering sessions in music making and production through our long running project My Tunes, delivered in partnership with Actiontrack.   

“Having participated in InspirED's DramaNet, CPD and the Octagon Performance event, can I say a huge thank you on behalf of the Drama department. This service provides inspirational workshops and opportunities for our students, as well as staff.”

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Selina Keedwell –Bishops Fox’s School, Taunton

Are you InspirED?

Take Art continues to work with our partners; Somerset Film, Somerset Art Works and Spaeda on our creative, education partnership with primary schools across the county. The project is now entering a new phase and you can find out more on the main InspirED website.

“The drama festival held by inspirED was a terrific experience, me and my group were able to witness performances from older and more experienced students as well as performances from younger beginner drama students. I would also like to take this chance to congratulate you as the event was a true success.”  Janielle Sabale (Bishop Fox’s GCSE drama student) on DramaFest 

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Early Years Education

Take Art provides training and networking opportunities for Early Years practitioners and teachers and the highest quality creative experiences for the under fives and their families across all art forms.

Early Years works collaboratively with colleagues and cluster groups, locally, regionally and internationally to explore and enhance young children’s creativity and wellbeing. We offer training and mentoring opportunities for artists and early years practitioners and have initiated ground-breaking research of national significance. Using the arts we want to develop the potential of all small children in Somerset to be strong and purposeful, and to encourage parents to be competent partners in their children’s play.  

We also offer strategic support and brokering to enable funding opportunities for Somerset’s under 5s and their families to experience excellent art.

Contact Us

To contact Take Art about any dance, drama or early years education related issue please email Katy Tilley at or call Take Art on 01460 249450  

Professional Support  

EARLY YEARS - Gina Westbrook is Take Art's Director of Early Years. Email her at

DRAMA – Sarah Peterkin and Mark Helyar are Take Art's Co-Directors of Theatre (Drama). They can be contacted by email / or phone on 01460 249450.  

DANCE - Alison Lord is Take Art's Director of Dance. She is available to speak to on 01460 249450 or by email

Our Education Projects

  • ProjectAlfred the Mouse Goes to School

    An innovative digital and creative online and offline adventure, helping the children of Taunton prepare for Big School.

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  • ProjectInspirED

    InspirED was a Somerset wide education project that offered exciting and unforgettable arts opportunities to schools and Early Years settings. Now InspirED is changing and entering a new phase in its evolution.

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  • ProjectMy Tunes

    My Tunes is a long running project from Take Art and Actiontrack that utilises the levelling power of music, working with some of the most isolated and disadvantaged young people in the county. Sep 2012 - present day

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  • InspirED

    It’s not too late to subscribe for this academic year. Please visit the main InspirED Somerset website to find out more.