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 2018

Somerset Open Studios 15 – 30 September 2018

Somerset Art Weeks Education Resources 
How to make the most of Somerset Open Studios

Somerset Open Studios draws Art Weeks back to its roots, offering the opportunity to see inside artists’ studios and discover what goes on behind the scenes. Between 15 –30 September 2018, nearly 300 artists across 192 venues will demonstrate how they make their work; their process, practice and inspiration.

There are many ways to get involved and discover opportunities for inspiring creativity and learning outside the classroom. Our education resources are part of SAW’s InspirED offer to Somerset schools and include: advice on visiting venues, engaging with artists, free workshop offers and *NEW* opportunities to gain a Discover Arts Award. More Information Click Here

Somerset Open Studios – Free Workshops for InspirED Subscribing Schools

Andrea Oke – Shadowland at Halsway Manor, West Somerset
Venue 33

Halsway Manor is imbued with a rich folk heritage that encompasses dragons, devils, murder and ghosts. Artist in Residence Andrea Oke reanimates Halsway’s landscape
exploring the forgotten people and stories that shaped this place. SAW Projects ‘A Landscape of Objects’

Somerset Open Studios InspirED Workshops for pupils age 6-13.
Mapping the landscape – Creating artwork inspired by the grounds of Halsway Manor combined with characters from local folklore.
Drawing the Landscape – An introduction to basic book structures as a way of capturing a landscape and combining imagery.

All day workshops, FREE to InspirED subscribers, dates still available: Weds 19, Thurs 20 September.
Venue open 27-30 Sept only


Megan Players – On the Line, Glastonbury
Venue 188

Megan works intuitively from the model to create free and expressive paintings which
combine observation, memory, culture and art history. Note: nude imagery may not be
suitable for younger pupils.
Somerset Open Studios InspirED Workshops for students age 16+
Visit Megan Players’ pop-up studio at ZigZag, the huge ex-Morland building on the edge of Glastonbury. Artist walk and talk around an installation of approx 500 spontaneous life-size life drawings plus a 2 hour practical workshop.
FREE to InspirED subscribers.
Working Big, Working Fast – students will be invited to paint a life-size full length portrait of themselves, or each other, using ink, acrylic and emulsion. The work will be hung on lines to create a floating crowd and become part of the Somerset Open Studios installation.
Various dates available during Somerset Open Studios 15 – 30 September.

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.

Big Draw October 2018

The national Big Draw Festival takes place in October annually with a theme to inspire, educate and create – this year the theme is ‘The Art of Play’.  We can offer FREE and subsidised artist workshops with artist Megan Players w/c 22 October.

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