About the Project

Transition and routes to employment and training for young people in Taunton

The aim of Young ProspectUs is to facilitate the opportunity for a small number of young people  within Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) in Taunton to experience the values of the arts and education and to informally explore the college environment.

Our aims are that young people will have the opportunity to;
• build their skills and confidence enhancing their employability
• have their say on matters that affect their lives
• develop making skills and explore how to use them
• be signposted from the programme on to other local opportunities.
• potential legacy to their contact with the College

With a focus on transition and developing informal access to training and skills, Somerset Art Works ran a Pilot Project in 2017 with a number of artist workshops at the Northfields and Taunton Centre PRUs.  Phase two involved  a small group of students working more in depth with our project artists at the Bridgwater & Taunton College new studio facilities.  We showcased the project at Taunton Flower Show and at Hestercombe for Somerset Art Weeks 2017.

Short film documenting our pilot year in 2017 (2 mins)

Young ProspectUs 2018 / 2019

Following a very successful pilot in 2017 our new programme will develop as follows:
  • May 2018 Launch – Workshop at Halsway Manor with artist in residence Andrea Oke, see https://youngprospectus.wordpress.com/
  • June – 4 x day artist residency at Bridgwater and Taunton College with artist Fiona Campbell
  • 3 – 4 August – showcasing the residency art work at Taunton Flower Show, plus at other local events
  • Sept 2018 – April 2019 –  a programme of 12 x professional  artist workshop days at Taunton Centre ( 6 days) and Northfields ( 6 days) PRUs with a range of artists and artforms.
  • Arts Awards programme runs through the project
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Our intention is to run this as a rolling annual project, subject to successful fundraising.


Review of the project from PRU teaching staff 

  • Disengaged and hard-to-reach students not only engaged in the taster sessions but also attended the college session in their own time!
  • The art produced was a very high quality and the students were clearly taking pride in their work, this was not something they often did.
  • The sessions motivated students that often avoided art sessions and everyone involved had a hugely positive and productive learning experience.
  • One student who didn’t study art has since opted to take art at college.
  • The project allowed students to access very high quality artists who inspired and nurtured their creativity.
  • The artists were outstanding at supporting the students, not only in the art but also their holistic selfs (this was very significant for a specific student).
  • The project was a significant help in bridging the transition gap for the students and all students involved have moved into FE or training.
  • The taster sessions perpetuated a huge amount of artistic interest within the bases and often supported GCSE art projects.
  • Many of the students used the pieces or ideas for their Bronze Arts Award and this could be fully integrated into the project.


A Somerset Art Works (SAW) engagement project, SAW Project Manager Beccy Swaine.
Funded by Arts Council England. Workshops supported by InspirED Somerset.  With thanks to Bridgwater & Taunton College.

Bridgwater & Taunton College is passionate about creativity in learning, providing a range of Creative Arts courses from school leaver Diplomas to adult short courses, as well as Degrees at the new University Centre Somerset including Fine Art, Photography, Film and Music. With a recent £12m refurbishment, the Art School building on Wellington Road, Taunton hosts fantastic facilities including spacious studios and wonderful workshops. Visit http://www.btc.ac.uk/ for more information.

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