Somerset Art Work: County of Contrasts Young People’s Engagement Commission

Somerset Art Work is seeking Expressions of Interest from national and international artists / artist collectives who are interested in exploring the role and relevance of the arts in addressing issues of social justice and affecting social change, cultural development and equity for young people. The artist will be working with different groups in the Taunton area, this may include A level /degree students and local youth groups from minority communities.

The commission will involve a period of R&D, project development, workshops with young people in September / October, and culminating in a public showcase/event/installation taking place during the Tyca Festival (a festival of Taunton Youth Culture and Arts) on 1 - 3 November 2019.

We are interested in an approach that explores the area’s heritage, and bases research around local museum archives and collections, and seeks out the under represented. Also themes around Somerset's past, to see if a more worldly, diverse, cultural experiences could emerge to inform the project. Our partners South West Heritage Trust are able to support the research and development phase at the Somerset Heritage Centre, Taunton. 

The proposed work involves engaging in practical workshops with young people and culminates in a collaborative event or installation of resulting work in the School Room, Castle House, Museum of Somerset 1 - 3 November as part of the Tyca Festival. The finished temporary work should engage with young people in new and unique ways. 


£5,000 to include artist fee and production budget


Download the artist brief with detail information from:

Deadline for Submissions : Friday 5 July, 5pm

Enquiry : Zoe Li, Programme Associate

More Information

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The Tyca Festival:

This commission is funded by Arts Council England and Arts Taunton with additional support from Somerset Heritage Trust.

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