Arts Taunton is planning to commission and install an innovative and exciting artwork on Creechbarrow Hill – beside Toneway and opposite Creech Castle. It will be a major West Country landmark, visible from the M5 motorway and the mainline railway, and an artwork that will put Somerset’s county Town firmly on the cultural map.

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO), a division of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), is located at Creechbarrow Hill and the artwork would be installed within its premises. UKHO maps the world’s seas, providing hydrographic and geospatial data to mariners all over the world. The Office has been based in Taunton since 1941 and the Directors are supportive of the proposed artwork.  Indeed, its precise site on the hill has already been determined. The MoD, who owns the land, has also given a provisional green light to move ahead, pending final approval.

Consultations have also taken place with local residents in Halcon and Lambrook through a series of events and managed conversations. Most of the feedback was really positive about the concept, although people obviously had lots of questions, not least what the artwork would look like. A preliminary design brief has also been prepared.

The way is now clear for Arts Taunton to move to the next stages of the process which will involve identifying potential artists to undertake the commission, considering initial design ideas, discussions with Somerset West & Taunton Council prior to an application for planning permission and, of course, raising the necessary funds. The intention is to raise the money from private donors so that there will be no call on public funds. If you would like to know more and get involved, please email hello@artstaunton.co.uk