What We Do

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We believe the best arts experiences can transform lives. Our work achieves this through a programme of live performances, participatory projects and professional development opportunities.

With our specialisms in Rural TouringEarly YearsDance, Theatre, Education and Project Development, we deliver a diverse range of projects with a community, educational, health and wellbeing focus.

Current Projects

  • 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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  • ProjectThe SoundWaves Network

    The SoundWaves Network is an innovative and exciting Early Years Music Network for Early Years practitioners, child-minders, Early Years settings and InspirED schools.

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  • ProjectSpring Forward Dance Festival

    Spring Forward is an annual dance festival offering unrivalled opportunities for Somerset and South West dancers to perform on a professional stage, participate in workshops and watch world-class dance performances. February 2005 – Present

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  • ProjectWord/Play

    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.

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  • ProjectRIOTE2

    Outdoor theatre companies from across Europe are getting together to share skills and ideas, to look at setting up a rural touring network, to develop a theatre skills sharing programme and to develop new theatre methods. November 2017 – August 2019

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  • ProjectRural Touring Dance Initiative

    The Rural Touring Dance Initiative (RTDI) brings exciting and innovative dance theatre and dance performance to rural locations, using the established rural touring schemes to help make this happen successfully. 2015 - present.

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  • ProjectHopper

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

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  • ProjectBARN

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

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  • ProjectJump Start

    A high energy, physical adventure for boys, consisting of regular dance workshops, along with performance opportunities. October 2015 - July 2019

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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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  • ProjectSomerset Youth Dance Company

    A group of gifted and talented young dancers from throughout Somerset. September 2010 - Ongoing

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  • 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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  • ProjectLittle Big Dance

    Little Big Dance is a major three-year national initiative created by South East Dance in partnership with Take Art, DanceEast and Yorkshire Dance, with more than £371,000 investment from Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England.

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  • Past Projects

  • ProjectElements

    A practical action research programme of Early Years' creativity based around the four elements. October 2016 to April 2017

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  • ProjectLife Circles

    Life Circles has not been a project on how to teach older people to dance, but an exploration of how dance can effectively engage with the individual as a whole person and improve the quality of later life.

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  • ProjectOctagon Theatre Dance Development Project

    Developing Dance at The Octagon Theatre in Yeovil. 2013-2015

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  • ProjectStep Change

    An ambitious two-year dance and health project for Somerset that touched the lives and lifestyles of over 1,900 people living in rural communities, residential homes, schools, special needs centres and the work place. 2008-2010

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  • ProjectLittle Big Bang

    Little Big Bang was a grand scale Early Years Creativity project that ran for two years between 2009-2011, bringing creative professionals into key Somerset Children's Centres to work as part of their professional teams.

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  • ProjectUrban Dance

    The Urban Dance Project in Yeovil was led by Take Art in collaboration with a steering group of young people; connecting young people with both their bodies and their communities, through the music and moves they love. 2011 - 2015

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  • ProjectAlive & Kicking

    Alive & Kicking was a two-year dance and health project for young people across Somerset. 2006-2008

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  • Keep visiting the website for regular updates!

    Contact Take Art:

    Telephone: 01460 249450 

    Email: info@takeart.org

    Address: The Mill, Flaxdrayton Farm, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5LR