Visual Arts

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) working with Reveal partners – SAW is the only countywide agency dedicated to developing visual arts and craft.  SAW’s InspirED offer 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, contact us if you have project ideas you would like help realising, or to take part in SAW’s ongoing project programme.

Go to the Somerset Art Works website for up to date info and further details or email us

Current Projects and Forthcoming Events:

We have lots of opportunities for InspirED schools through Somerset Art Works (SAW) Projects – many of them are free of charge to subscribers.  Keep an eye out for our emails to make sure you don’t miss out!
See below for new artist workshop opportunities, projects in progress and reports on recently completed work.  For further info contact Beccy Swaine inspired@somersetartworks.org.uk  01458 253800


Somerset Art Weeks 03 – 18 October
InspirED Schools Showcase at Hestercombe, venue number 7
Throughout the year artist workshops in schools inspire pupils to explore and create new work. Both students’ and artists’
work is on show at Hestercombe House, developed through the InspirED arts education network and SAW projects. We
welcome you to come and see the schools’ showcase exhibition and take advantage of our Somerset Art Weeks Education Offer:

– Two InspirED education days Tuesdays 06 and 13 October
Free entry with introduction to the exhibitions plus activities for InspirED schools.

– Artist workshops
Available on the education days (chargeable).

– InspirED showcase reception and private view
Tuesday 06 October 5-7pm. Come and see the showcase exhibition and celebrate the recent successes of the InspirED
network. RSVP by 30 September info@somersetartworks.org.uk

– ArtNET CPD workshop for teachers
13 October 4-6pm. Photography workshop with Richard Tomlinson. Filmmaker and photographer Richard will show you how to make more creative use of photography including making the familiar seem unfamiliar through close up photography and stereoscopic images, much-loved by the Victorians! Free to InspirED schools

The Somerset Art Weeks Online Education Resources has further information, available from the SAW website Click Here

art weeks ed resources page 1


Free Workshops for InspirED schools – Shiftworks Project
SAW has 6 full day artist workshops available free to South Somerset Schools through the Seam Shiftworks project – encouraging creativity in textiles.  Workshops available for all phases, Autumn term 2015. More information


step in stone Quarries Project
step in stone is a multi-stranded art trail around 3 quarries in the Mendips during summer and autumn 2015, to illuminate these spectacular, hidden landscapes and explore Somerset’s heritage and beauty. All workshops are now allocated but we have one free artist led tour available in October Click here


Magna Carta Project – The InspirED schools collaborative project for the Magna Carta celebrations in June was a great success, to see what happened Click here

Craftivist Garden Project
Somerset Craftivist showcase for Somerset Art Weeks in October. somersetcraftivist.wordpress.com

Somerset Art Weeks Festival  03 – 18 October 2015
Somerset Art Weeks Education Programme – SAW produces an annual education pack  with help and advice to encourage schools to view Somerset Art Weeks as a fantastic resource right on the doorstep.  The pack includes: advice on visiting venues, organising tours, engaging with artists, booking workshops with artists, setting homework activities and a range of activity sheets.  The 2014 pack can be downloaded by Clicking Here

Cranes and Communities
New project work for 2015 in partnership with The Great Crane Project.  Keep up to date with project developments http://greatcraneart.blogspot.co.uk/

The Company of Cranes – free online resources for schools
The Company of Cranes online resources are designed to nurture independent study and creative skills, build self-confidence and understanding of conservation and the environment, developed from an ongoing partnership between Somerset Art Works with The Great Crane Project.
Access free creative resources and share your work on the interactive map.http://www.thecompanyofcranes.net/

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