About us

Somerset is defined by its arts & culture sector: Our cultural organisations, artists, musicians, performers & proud history of creative expression are a crucial part of our identity, vitality, wellbeing, economic & community growth.

As a membership & service organisation working on behalf of this sector, we believe in supporting the growth of arts and culture organisations, communities & their audiences.

Andrew Knutt

Chair & Director

What we do

Support, Strategies & Representation

We are the Somerset trade organisation for the arts & culture sector supporting community groups, practitioners & businesses.

Arts & Culture Enterprise Development

Access our skills to maximise commercial income or community impact in the arts, culture & heritage world, through digital and physical events and training and workshops to help build your ideas and projects.

Representing & Advocacy

Our team makes sure that the arts & culture sector is represented at local authority and governmental level to ensure financial and strategic investment opportunities come into Somerset and to our local arts and culture providers.

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Our Values

Vibrant Arts & Culture

Our key aim is to make Somerset a vibrant place of arts and culture. To invite the nation and its people to experience this arts and culture which in return uplifts economic growth, communities and indivduals.

A Case for Arts & Culture

We support the case for arts and culture investment from both private and public perspectives. To be the voice of the people and regularly canvas them to help deliver democratic evidence for investment.

Partnerships & Links

To develop strong partnership to help deliver diverse cultural activity, bringing communities and consumers together for great cultural experiences, health and wellbeing, tourism and great entertainment for all.

Our Services

Somerset Arts & Culture Facts


members of SABCA


SABCA events delivered


regional conferences


identified businesses

Why Choose us

Love for arts & culture

We are passionate about the arts and culture sector. From arts, music, theatre, dance and more. You won't find a more supportive organisation who understands the sector.

Communities & pro's

Not only do we consider the subsidised cultural sector but also the commercial, amateur and participatory which, after all, are where most people find their cultural engagement.

Industry experience

Our team and board proactively work in the arts and culture sector and offer over 100 years of combined experience in the creative industries.

Largest network

We are the biggest multi-creative county wide network setup to support the growth & prosperity of the arts, culture & creative industries.

Mapping Somerset

Our county wide mapping programme, supported by all Somerset local authorities, is designed to paint a picture of the creative sector and how it contributes to those who live, work and play in the county. Help us by simply signing up for free as a member and get a free profile page on our website.

Latest News, Blog & Events

  • Major New Conference Supports Future Planning for Arts & Culture in Somerset

    Harman Sagger, Head Economist for Arts, Heritage and Tourism at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Dr John Wright from Centre for Cultural Value, and Dr Inge Hill from National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise and UK Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre, are among keynote speakers announced today as part of a

    August 12, 2022
  • Place Matters Report Sees Most LEPs In England Prioritising Creative Industries

    A report commissioned by industry members of the Creative Industries Council (CIC) from Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has analysed how local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in England treat supporting the creative industries as a priority. To boost the growth of place-based creative industries which impact on the local and national economy as well

    June 29, 2022
  • New funding to help spur more global success for UK’s independent film, TV and video games

    The Government is confirming its UK Global Screen Fund will be extended for three years with additional funding of £21 million, which will support the industry to continue growing the economy and providing high wage, high skilled jobs for people in the UK. This follows a successful £7 million trial, which supported more than 65

    June 22, 2022
  • Creative Places – Supporting Your Local Creative Economy

    As the UK faces the challenges of the 21st century, creativity has a role to play in shaping our response to climate change, globalisation and technological innovation – and in enabling the economy and society to ‘bounce forwards’ from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This document is designed to help councils understand the creative

    June 22, 2022

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