Tyca Taunton Youth Culture & Arts Logo

We reveal our branding for the festival!

We are over the moon to be able to let you all know that our work with young people, starting with our annual Youth Arts Festival this autumn, is to be called Tyca. It stands for Taunton Youth Culture and Arts.

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Newsletter Edition 8

Just in advance of our public meeting on 12th February at the Somerset County Cricket Club, we released the PDF version of our February Newsletter.

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February 2019 Public Meeting

The Next Pu2blic Meeting of ArtsTaunton Will Be Held On
Tuesday 12th February at 6.30pm

The County Room, Ground Floor of the Colin Atkinson Pavilion, Somerset County Cricket Club, TA1 1JT

Register now –  Events@ArtsTaunton.co.uk

Please join us for this important meeting, both to bring you up-to-date with the latest developments and to hear your views on the way forward in 2019:

* Meet Kathryn Davies, our new Director of Development, and hear her plans for ArtsTaunton’s future

* Meet Deborah Baddoo MBE, our new Youth Arts Festival Director, and hear her plans for the launch of our first Youth Festival in the autumn

* Hear Ann Jones on the progress towards a Cultural Plan for Taunton following the hugely successful Taunton Transformed conference at Hestercombe last November

* Learn about the Creative Industry Award ArtsTaunton is sponsoring, and get ahead of the competition by reading the post from Pam Knight here on our website: https://www.artstaunton.co.uk/creative-industries-award-is-now-open-for-entries

* PLUS Put your name and arts organisation in THE HAT if you’d like to be included in our speakers’ Lucky Dip. On the 12th, one or two people will be drawn out of the hat to speak about their latest project or a theme of their own choosing! With an enthusiastic audience of at least 100 delegates, this will be a great opportunity to promote your work! MESSAGE US ON EVENTS@ARTSTAUNTON.CO.UK TO PUT YOUR NAME IN THE HAT

Like all our open meetings, attendance is FREE! But please register so that we can alert the Cricket Club who will also be supplying the refreshments. You can register by simply sending us your name and the organisation you represent (if applicable) to: Events@ArtsTaunton.co.uk

Julie O’Donnell, Chair of ArtsTaunton, my fellow Trustees and I look forward to welcoming you on 12th February.

Best wishes, Kit Chapman MBE

Creative Industries Award

Creative Industries Award is now open for entries

Application entries for Taunton Deane Business Awards Creative Industry Award are now live!

For the third year running ArtsTaunton have sponsored this prestigious award and encourage all creative industries in Taunton Deane to considering entering.

ArtsTaunton commit to this award annually because we firmly believe that the creative industries deserve to be recognised as huge contributors to the local economy.

This sector, more than any other has the opportunity to impact on the residents of this area in a meaningful and rich way, as well as holding their own as businesses which bring wealth and culture into the area.

The award is open to applicants from commercial, educational, and voluntary organisations that have creative arts at their core. This means that you either promote creative arts or feature creative arts as an intrinsic part of the vision or business model.

Last year we celebrated Fuse Performance winning the award, with both Go Create and Busy Lizzie Arts and Literacy being solid finalists.

All entries to the award clearly demonstrated what a difference it makes having commitment and drive; the impact they collectively bring to the area is quite phenomenal.

Applications for entering the awards close on 29 March at 5 pm.

We wish all entrants the very best of luck and look forward to celebrating your success with you.

For more details visit www.tdba.co.uk

Arts Taunton Team

The new team meet to start making Youth Festival plans

Arts Taunton Executive team
From left to right: Martyn Owen, Deborah Baddoo MBE, Kathryn Davies, Kit Chapman MBE

The first of our annual series of Youth Arts Festivals to take place in Autumn 2019 has taken great leaps forward in staff and funding this week. It will be facilitated by ArtsTaunton but curated by young people for young people.

ArtsTaunton has announced the appointment of Deborah Baddoo as its Youth Arts Festival Director, in charge of bringing together young people to celebrate the whole range of artistic activities they enjoy in and around Taunton. Ms Baddoo is internationally recognised in the field of dance, production and performance, and has organised events and tours nationally and internationally. She received an MBE in 2010 and has lived in Taunton since 1997.

ArtsTaunton has also appointed Kathryn Davies as Director of Development to oversee the development of the charity and raise funds for Taunton and the Arts.

In other good news, we can announce this week that the Festival is also the recipient of generous grants from The Schroder Charity Trust and Taunton Deane Borough Council. This comes on the back of a major £250,000 pledge from The Brownsword Charitable Foundation in September 2018.

This financial support and the arrival of two new members of staff means that ArtsTaunton can look forward to growing the collaborative opportunities for young people and the arts in Somerset’s county town through 2019 and beyond – especially now that Taunton has been designated a Garden Town.

Kit Chapman, Founder, Director and Trustee of ArtsTaunton says:

“ArtsTaunton has arrived at a tipping point in its ambition to influence the town’s transformation into a major centre for arts and culture in South West England. The massive injection of funding we have attracted this year has enabled us to appoint two outstanding professionals in Kathryn Davies and Deborah Baddoo. Together, this dynamic duo will spearhead a very exciting future for Taunton Garden Town.”