Take Art's offers support, resources and opportunities to Somerset-based theatre and spoken word artists, practitioners, companies, venues and programmers. 


  • opportunities for professional development through workshops, masterclasses and skillshares;
  • opportunities for showcasing, sharing work and rigorous debate about contemporary practice;
  • offering support for the making, producing, programming and promoting of work;
  • advice, signposting, networking and brokering partnerships;
  • originating ideas and developing new ways of working;
  • extending regional, national and international links to bring high-quality work into Somerset.

Most of this work is delivered through the projects highlighted below, BARN in particular. 

We enjoy good relationships with Somerset’s Arts venues and are partners in several regional, and national, initiatives including Theatre South West and Venues South West.  

Current Projects


BARN is a collective theatre initiative, facilitated by Take Art, that supports Somerset’s emergent theatre-making sector to develop, test and showcase new work in a predominantly rural context.

It was inspired by the North American rural tradition of barn-raising: in our case, the collective action of a theatre-making sector to build and sustain Somerset’s theatre infrastructure.


Word/Play is a social prescribing project for people experiencing mental ill health. It uses performance poetry to empower individuals, giving them the freedom and encouragement to tell their stories.


Take Art is a partner in RIOTE3 from Oct 2020 to September 2022, building on a previous project RIOTE2, and now extended to include three new companies from Germany, Italy and France.

Through working together, the main aim is to develop material for two innovative 'handbooks'. Led by the Hungarian partner, one will be a life quality measurement toolkit for practitioners who want to implement technology based feedback in their community work with groups and individuals. The second, led by the Italian partner, will be a practical guide for developing participatory theatre in rural areas.

  • ProjectBARN

    BARN was a collective theatre initiative, facilitated by Take Art, that supported Somerset’s emerging theatre-making sector to develop, test and showcase new work in a predominantly rural context.

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  • ProjectWord/Play

    Speak your TRUTH, play with words, tease your IMAGINATION. Say whatever YOU want to SAY good or bad... Fully embrace the WONDERful person YOU ARE and the INCREDIBLE world you live in.

    More info
  • ProjectRIOTE 3

    The RIOTE 3 project enabled us to work with outdoor theatre companies from across Europe to exchange knowledge and skills. It has now come to the end after two amazing years.

    More info

  • Meet the Theatre Team

    Mark Helyar is Director of Theatre (Drama)

    Tel: 01460 249450

    Katy Tilley is Hub Facilitator

    Tel: 01460 249450