RURITAGE

Where it Happens

38 partners in over 25 countries, mostly within Europe but also in Japan and Columbia.

Time Frame

June 2018 - 2022 (We joined in 2019)

What is RURITAGE?

RURITAGE is a four-year EU-funded project that aims to strengthen the role that culture and heritage plays in the survival and success of rural communities.

With a €10m budget funded through the Horizon 2020 programme, RURITAGE intends to make a significant impact on rural regeneration initiatives and includes UNESCO among its 38 partners from 25 countries.

Led and supported by a consortium of academic and research institutions (including University of Bologna; UNESCO; and University of Plymouth), organisations are working on a range of different cultural and rural collaborations, under six headings, that are delivered through a RURITAGE HUB:


Where does Take Art fit in?  

In January 2019 we were invited to become one of 38 partners in the project, profiling the impact and success of our touring scheme.

The project offers us all sorts of intriguing possibilities, including the opportunity to learn from, and share our experiences with, many other European projects and partners. We also co-ordinate the local Ruritage Hub.

What is the Local Ruritage Hub?

In the UK, the Ruritage Hub is a creative partnership between the local food and arts sectors for the benefit of people, communities and the natural environment in, and around, Crewkerne, South Petherton, Ilminster and Chard.  

The Hub aims to:

  • exchange knowledge, learning and experience between the local food and arts sectors for mutual benefit and development;
  • bring people together through the sharing and enjoyment of local food and high-quality arts;
  • offer opportunities for people to learn about, and participate in, activities that lead to better health, wellbeing and environmental outcomes.

What's happened so far?

A small steering group has guided the Hub’s development, facilitated by Take Art. This includes co-developing a draft strategy framework, structure and activity programme.

The Hub was launched in November 2019 at Speke Hall in Dowlish Wake.  We then planned to grow the Hub and pilot a range of activity throughout 2020, all focusing on developing better and stronger connections between the local food and arts sectors and exploring ways in which the arts can helptell the local food story.

Just before we went into lockdown, we started a Commissioning Project, which brings together three pairs of artists and people working in different processes in the food sector to produce three short ‘pilot’ pieces of work. We plan to showcase these (either digitally and/or ‘live’) later this year.

However, since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to press the pause button on all other activity.

We are now thinking about the role the Hub could play once we’re on the other side of the current situation, particularly to support, and help sustain, the local food and arts sectors and rural communities.

In the meantime, Ruritage has recently launched a Photo Contest which gives people in Somerset the opportunity to show the world what makes our rural area special!


For further information on all aspects of the project and partners please visit the main website https://www.ruritage.eu/

To speak to Take Art about our role in the project please contact mark@takeart.org