YOUNG SOMERSETOur vision is to increase and sustain the importance of the arts to the economy, by supporting the next generations of creative young people to do this.
Young Somerset, as the sector leader for youth work in Somerset, wants to build on its existing arts and music work – offering further and enhanced opportunities for young people to engage in creativity. Many of the young people we support are unlikely to think of themselves as creators or artists and we want to challenge their perceptions, break down their barriers to engagement, and offer them a transformational experience.
Achieved through Young Somerset’s 5 strands of Arts delivery:
1) Young Somerset’s Arts Company. (Young Peoples Interdisciplinary Touring Arts Company)
2) Rural Music Network Project (Young Peoples Music Performance & Development Programme)
3) Arts & Wellbeing (Qualified Wellbeing Practitioners deliver Arts and Wellbeing programmes to young people and parents)
4) Bert Jansch Studio @ The Cheese and Grain (To develop the Bert Jansch Studio to serve as a high-quality Music Development Service for all communities in the South West. (Community groups including: Geographical, Urban/Rural, Groups, Individuals, Institutions, Organisations, Business, Voluntary, Statutory & Corporate Sectors, The Music Industry, Young People, Adults, Professionals, in and out of training, education and employment).
5) Arts Showcase (Enhance creative and professional opportunities for children and young people across Somerset. Build confidence and social skills for young people. Potential to work with specific groups (i.e young carers, school groups, NEET young people, county lines involvement, other identified groups in the county) Re-build communities after effect of pandemic. Cross sectoral collaboration. Show case work of young people and the organisation to community and funders. Support and protect arts sector across Somerset.
Latest News & Blog
A campaign to reclaim the Mecca Bingo building in Taunton as an arts and culture venue is creating a buzz amongst local councillors and the public as the campaign reaches over 2000 signatures and is set to drive more public support. The ‘Project Gaumont’ team lead by Somerset Arts Business Cultural Alliance and Creative InnovationJune 28, 2023
We were pleased to hear from SABCA member Corrinne Curtis who obtained advice from SABCA at the early stages of her project. Through hard work and determination Corrinne has achieved overwhelming success for The Nornen Project and we would like to share here comments sent to us: We spoke a couple of years ago aboutJune 21, 2023
Emergence, an immersive audio-visual installation by SABCA Member, This is Loop, debuts at Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights Festival this January
Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf, E14Wednesday 18th – Saturday 28th January 2023 As part of Winter Lights 2023 at Canary Wharf, This is Loop (a SABCA Member) is presenting their most ambitious work to date: a major audio-visual artwork, Emergence. Conceived and built by artists Harriet Lumby and Alan Hayes, the co-founders of This is Loop,January 19, 2023
Why join SABCA as a member
By uniting & connecting with each other we can show gov & local councils that support & investment is key to economic & social success & the happiness of our communities.
People & other creatives want to get involved. Whether booking a band, learning something or joining an active group in their community. Let’s help them discover the rich arts & culture of Somerset.
By joining you get access to regular updates on funding and grants, programmes, collaborations, events, opportunities & more. Plus ask our team what support you need.
The arts and culture eco-system is made up of of many local people, places & orgs. Let’s help other creative orgs & people find others that can bring arts & culture to all who live, work and play here.