Art and Design

Celebration of Cranes workshop at North Curry School, photo: Davina Jelley

Celebration of Cranes workshop at North Curry School, photo: Davina Jelley

InspirED Visual Arts delivery is led by Somerset Art Works (SAW), the only countywide agency dedicated to developing visual arts and craft. SAW are committed to supporting the development of young people’s artistic talent, as well as building relationships between schools and the community.

SAW brings together an offer for InspirED schools which includes:

  • Opportunities for collective participation
  • Creative opportunities to support the curriculum
  • Opportunities for personal progression routes

We have a variety of ongoing projects and a wealth of experienced participatory artists who work with us.

Do you have project ideas you would like help realising, or want to take part in SAW’s ongoing project programme?

Use the InspirED contact page to get in touch, or go to the Somerset Art Works website for up to date information.

Opportunities for InspirED Schools Autumn Term 2017

Somerset Art Weeks Festival 23 September to 8 October 2017
Although the fantastic Somerset Art Weeks Festival is sadly over for 2017, you can still Download the FREE Education Resources which accompanied the Festival, which include useful visit planning guidance, KS1 and KS2 Activity Sheets and KS3 and 5 Sketchbook Activities transferable to any gallery or art studio visit.


A Landscape of Objects – En Plein Air at Hestercombe Gardens and Gallery
A Somerset Art Weeks offer for InspirED subscribing schools

Visit ‘A Landscape of Objects’ venue no 83, curated by Hestercombe Gallery. ‘The Fourteenth Seat’ is a proposition by artist Jennie Savage that responds to Hestercombe’s thirteen known buildings or ‘seats’ in the restored C18th Landscape Garden to create a biennial commission at Hestercombe.
See the schools’ en Plein Air exhibition – artwork created by primary school pupils with artist Deborah Westmancoat and the Young ProspectUs ceramic showcase made by young people in Pupil Referral Units in Taunton.

A limited number of free school visits and artist workshops will be available. Explore the art work on display and create your own ‘en plein air’ work in the beautiful landscape garden. Workshops involve close observation of nature, really looking and using all the senses to gain an understanding of working outdoors and the particular rewards and challenges this brings.
Contact for more information and booking.

Gather-ing  at Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury
Sept-Nov, free InspirED Workshops for KS 2 upwards including A Level students.
A contemporary craft exhibition with artists Stewart Easton and Associates, Christopher Jelley, Jacky Oliver, Helen Snell and Gillian Widden. ‘Gather-ing’ references the function of a tithe barn as a space to collect / bring / gather people, animals and crops as well as a symbolic meeting place to gather for ritual celebration. Contact for more information and booking.

Muse:Makers in Museums
Free InspirED visits and workshops available to schools as part of our Muse project in the following museums this Autumn: Wells, Axbridge, Chard. Includes:
KS2 – History of Writing workshops
KS2 – Stop frame animation workshops
Contact for more information and booking.

A helpline is provided by SAW to assist InspirED subscribers. For more information on any items above please contact Beccy Swaine 01458 253800