Tyca Evaluation report

TYCA Evaluation Report

Liz Hutchin

New Trustee for Arts Taunton

We are delighted to be joined by Liz Hutchin as a new Trustee of Arts Taunton.

Taunton centric

A new icon for Taunton


Vacancies at Arts Taunton

Could you be our next Chair?

Arts Taunton is looking for a new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Our current Chair, Julie O’Donnell, is stepping down to become a trustee after three years in post.


Could it be you? If you’re interested, you can read the full brief here.

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Can you complete a 5 minute survey for Arts Taunton?



As you may know, we’ve just finished our first ever Tyca Festival.


Arts Taunton has commissioned an independent evaluation to assess its success and impact. Could you spare us five minutes to complete a little survey? It would be really helpful if you could!

The survey asks simple questions like whether you heard about Tyca and if you went, what you thought. You will have a chance to add your opinion in your own words if you would like.

Simply click here to take the survey online

And to tempt you, one lucky participant will be drawn out of the hat to receive a pair of wireless, Bluetooth headphones!

Click here now to take the survey online


With all good wishes,

Kathryn Davies, Director of Development

Arts Taunton

Building it Beautifully

In October 2019, Arts Taunton, in association with RIBA Somerset and Somerset West & Taunton Council, hosted the “Build it Beautifully” charrette in Taunton town centre. A hundred delegates from across the county took part in workshops and presentations, highlighting the vital importance of design in achieving a successful urban landscape. You can read the full report here.

Spray cans

The results of the art competition…

Together with Go Create…

we held an open arts competition in the Tyca Festival


The entries, in 3D, 2D and photography astounded us all. The art was judged by a collection of independent artists and educators from throughout the area, and the results are below.

We would like to congratulate all the young people who took part, and look forward to seeing even more entries in 2020!



RIBA logo

Charette on The Garden Town

Arts Taunton is proud to be delivering a ‘Charette’ on Wednesday 9th October. In collaboration with RIBA Somerset, Hydrock Engineering and Somerset West and Taunton Council we are inviting…

Arts Taunton Website

New Website to Inspire, Influence and Include!

Launching a new website is no mean undertaking. There has to be a real need for a charity to divert funds from charitable activities. We hope that when you visit the site you will see how it will help drive the charity and our many shared aspirations forward.

The projects we are currently working on are beginning to gain great momentum and it feels as if all the hard work of the past few years is beginning to come together in a really positive way. Our new website gives us the platform to share news with you, and more importantly, gives you somewhere to view possibilities as they arise, share your involvement and promote your association: a space where we can come together to build on the vision.

Exciting projects such as the newly branded Tyca Youth Festival offer collaborative opportunities and by joining forces we can create something very special for the people of our town.


The Youth Festival came about as a result of the research we undertook to inform the Cultural Strategy. The young people in our society told us loud and clear that they felt they had no platform of their own, something they could influence and take ownership of. This is a big message to take on board. Please visit the Tyca tab on the website and see how our community has responded to that wish.

We have a young Tyca Taskforce, made up of people of Taunton beneath the age of 26, who have been working with us since late 2018. And we have themed the new festival for 2019 ‘BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS’ – a fantastic aspiration and a nod to the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.If you are 25 or under a nd would like a say in what happens and how we get the word out, please email us at hello@artstaunton.co.uk or message us through our Facebook page. We will get right back to you!

Arts Map of Taunton

There is a new section on the site which has a map of creative activities and the contact details of the organisers. We have a lot of them listed now but I would wager that there are even more we are yet to discover. If you know of any not mentioned, please let us know and we will add them.

The site will continue to grow and develop as Arts Taunton does, and we hope to provide a vibrant platform to showcase progress on our shared aspiration, that of making Somerset’s County Town a vibrant, more attractive place in which to live, work and visit.

Pam Knight, 

Taunton Deane Business Awards

Creative Industries Award Winner 2019

Arts Taunton once again sponsored the Taunton Deane Business Awards Creative Industry Award this year. Our shortlist gave us three finalists: Rocket and Bird, Centre for Young Musicians Taunton and John Packer Musical Instruments.

Rachel Parvin of Centre for Young Musicians Taunton receiving the award from Jonathan Langdon, Trustee and Secretary of Arts Taunton

Rachel Parvin of Centre for Young Musicians Taunton receiving the award from Jonathan Langdon, Trustee and Secretary of Arts Taunton

These very different applications all had great merit, each bringing something unique to the Creative Industries. The winner of this award was chosen as they brought something very exceptional to our county town, making Taunton the only location in the UK which is not a city to boast such an inclusive and world-class arts facility.

Arts Taunton Trustee Jonathan Langdon handed the award to our worthy winner  – the  Centre for Young Musicians Taunton (CYMT).

Rachel Parvin, receiving the award on behalf of the Centre told us: “I am delighted CYMT won the Creative Industries category because it is such good news for the Centre and Guildhall School. I was so surprised but very grateful for the Centre to have the recognition it deserves and the award will go a long way to helping our development.”

CYMT is a division of Guildhall School of Music & Drama. It is open to all committed young musicians aged 5–18. Students can perform regularly in any musical style, and the centre supports all students with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. There is a wide variety of ensembles and lessons available, and all classes are taught by a high-quality team of dedicated and enthusiastic tutors. The website is: www.cymtaunton.org.uk

Rachel added: “We are also pleased to announce that CYMT is partnering with Arts Taunton for the Tyca Festival. We think collaboration is exciting and is vital for the arts to blossom and thrive in our community.”

You can read more about the Tyca Festival here: www.artstaunton.co.uk/tyca