What We Do

Current Projects

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We're currently working on a wide range of educational, health and well-being, community, national and international creative projects.

  • 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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  • ProjectU.DANCE 2020

    U.DANCE 2020 is a national dance platform showcasing and celebrating the best of UK youth dance. It takes place through competitive regional heats, concluding with a grand final in Glasgow in July. This year Take Art and Spring Forward are proud to be hosting the South West regional platform.

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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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  • 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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  • ProjectOur Turn

    Arts intervention to help the health and happiness of vulnerable adults still living at home and the amazing people who look after them, using dance and spoken word.

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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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  • ProjectSPARSE

    SPARSE is a partnership between seven European countries, all working together to formalise a pan European Rural Touring Network. Currently, with the exception of the UK, a rural touring network does not exist within much of Europe - SPARSE is all about sharing the UK model and experience to help build international rural touring networks.

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  • ProjectRURITAGE

    In January 2019 Take Art was invited to become one of 38 partners in the Horizon 2020 four-year funded research project, RURITAGE, profiling Take Art’s touring scheme as a model for rural regeneration across Europe.

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  • ProjectLocomotor

    Locomotor funded by the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring fund, is a three-strand project run by Carn to Cove in Cornwall. The second strand, of which we are partners, involves all the touring schemes in the South West and supports them to present more diverse international work of different cultures within local community settings.

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  • ProjectDance To Health

    A dance and older people project based at Dunkirk House in Bishops Lydeard, which is part of the national project Dance To Health; a pioneering ‘falls prevention’ dance programme for older people.

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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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  • 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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  • ProjectBARN

    BARN is a three-year theatre initiative (2017-19) that supports Somerset’s emerging theatre-making sector to develop, test and showcase new work in a predominantly rural context.

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