Art and Design

InspirED Visual Arts delivery is led by Somerset Art Works (SAW), the only countywide agency dedicated to developing visual arts and craft. SAW is 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 2019

Black Swan Arts Young Open 2019
Would your young people aged 8-19 years like to enter an Art Competition?  Special InspirED Prize for an outstanding entry from an InspirED school – win a FREE artist workshop for one class at your school. Deadline 22 Feb. Read More

NEW Primary Arts Toolkit: Ideas and resources for Schools

How do you plan an Arts Week and why is it a great idea for your school? Help is at hand!

Based on a wealth of experience supporting schools in Somerset, InspirED has created a toolkit packed with ideas, top tips, examples and resources to guide and inspire you in leading and organising your own school Arts Week.

Date: Tuesday 05 February
Venue: The Engine Room, 52 High Street Bridgwater TA6 3BL
4pm: Arrivals, tea and delicious cake, a chance to speak 1-2-1 with the InspirED team
4.30 – 6pm: Arts Week resources presentation, discussion and practical workshop led by artist and arts educator Sara Dudman. During the session you will learn more about the full cross-curricular and SEMH impact of an Arts Week (or even just an Arts Day!) for your school, with opportunities to talk to other teachers and find out what other schools have done. You will walk away with your own toolkit resource to get you started and enjoy a fun, hands-on shadow-puppet workshop to kick-start your ideas and boost up your skills.
Booking essential by 31 Jan 2019:  T: 01278 433172 or email
FREE to InspirED subscribers / Non-inspired – £45 per person

Reuse and Recycle – Artist Workshops

An opportunity to work with a professional artist to make beautiful sculptural artworks using discarded materials, especially plastic, an environmental project highlighting waste in the oceans. More info:

Muse Spring Seminar    


Muse Seminar for Artists
Weds 06 March, 2-4pm
Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury

Inspiration and practical advice for developing projects with local museums. The afternoon includes presentations, discussion and a practical workshop in the museum to spark ideas. Hosted by SAW and South West Heritage Trust, with Artist Dorcas Casey and Jackie Brooks from Bruton Museum.

Afternoon tea provided.
Booking essential as places are limited, contact:

Cost: £10 SAW members / £15 non-SAW / Free to InspirED teachers/staff
Includes afternoon tea and entry to the museum.
*Some sponsored places are available free of charge to art students in Somerset, please contact for more info.

Discover Arts Award

We can offer your school an opportunity to achieve a Discover Arts Award through Somerset Open Studios venue visits and artist workshops. If you would like to take up this opportunity get in touch. Free and subsidised options available.

*if workshops are oversubscribed they will be prioritised for schools who have not recently benefited from InspirED offers.

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