Cultural Education in Somerset

Cultural Education in Somerset

In Somerset there is close partnership working between a number of the county’s key arts organisations under the title ‘InspirED’ who work together as a consortium, commissioned at strategic level by schools, in order to provide a range of joined-up arts and cultural provision and services across the education sector. For more information on the Somerset Cultural Education Partnership please contact Phil Shepherd at

The InspirED members and partner schools also work closely with a range of other cultural education partners in Somerset and beyond, including museums and libraries, as well as connecting strategically to the county’s music education hub.

As part of discussions with key partners, a CEC launch has been suggested as a way to open the forum for Somerset based discussions. Deb Richardson has agreed to co-ordinate the event and as Bridge, we will continue to give our support as and when required throughout the process.

Useful resources

There are some really interesting tools and data sets which are freely available – including the Arts Council’s ‘cultural education data toolkit’ – along with a range of other databases focussed on cost of interventions for children and young people, disadvantage, health and education.

You can take a look at these resources using the links below:

Cultural Education

Arts Council investment

Young people and education

Health and wellbeing


Cost of interventions

Briefings and training events


In order to attend one of the below events, you must first register your education setting with Artsmark on the Arts Council website here.

Somerset Development Day – Wed 17th Jun 2020, 9:30 – 12:30
Somerset Support Surgery – Wed 17th Jun 2020, 1:00 – 3:00

Cultural organisations (including NPOs)

Bold organisations are Artsmark PartnersUnderlined organisations are Arts Award Supporters.

The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts CentreCentre for Young Musicians TauntonContains ArtCREATE:SPACE II
FuseInspirED SomersetMark Bruce CompanyMusic for Miniatures
SameDifferenceDanceSomerset Art WorksSomerset FilmSouth West Heritage Trust
State of Emergency
Take ArtTangle

The Music Education Hub for Somerset is Sound Foundation Somerset.

For a full list of Arts Award supporters in Somerset, click here.

For a full list of Arts Award centres in Somerset, click here.

The Museum Development Officer in Somerset is Rachel Bellamy.

The ASCEL (public libraries) representative in Somerset is Maggie Harris.

Get in touch

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