About Take A Part

Take A Part makes art in the public interest in Plymouth. We are a socially engaged contemporary art organisation that works with communities to co-commission and co-create contemporary art in order to: risk-take, provoke and engage communities to establish and respond to local agenda and need.  


We embed contemporary arts practice in the process of regeneration and paramount to the process is the fact that the process of creating the work itself is as important as what is created.  Our purpose is to engage, educate and inform new audiences in contemporary arts while developing policy and setting agendas for neighbourhood regeneration initiatives in Plymouth.  Take A Part’s work contributes directly to the social infrastructure of the city.

Started in the community of Efford in 2006 as a pilot project to test models of engagement, we formalised our approach in 2009 and in 2011, we launched Efford as a Capital of Culture for Plymouth due to the trust and enthusiasm of the community that developed the process.  Since then Take A Part has expanded taking our work and understanding of community arts engagement to new communities in Plymouth, thinking about how arts could be used by them to support their own regeneration process whilst referring to, and working with, Efford to support and collaborate across some projects.

In 2016 we launched the UK’s first biennial symposium on socially engaged practice, Social Making, establishing ourselves as leaders of socially engaged practice in the South West region and since then, we have developed a successful line of consultancy and partnership commissions across the UK and internationally, supporting local authorities, arts organisations, educational institutions etc to widen their audience reach.

We have been awarded the prestigious Arts Council England National Portfolio Status for the 2018-2022 period, securing our programme for Plymouth.

For details of our projects past and present please see our Projects page.

The Board

Take A Part is governed by a board of community members, local authority and arts practitioners from Plymouth and the wider region:

Caroline Mawdsley, Independent Curator – Chair

Jodie Bishop, Plymouth City Council, Public Arts Officer – Director

Jane Cullen, Campaign Development Manager, University of Plymouth

Zoe Li, Independant Curator and former Relationship Manager for Visual Arts, Arts Council England

Sarah Bowden, Director of MEANTIME and curator at Hardwick Gallery, Cheltenham

Kathy Hancock, Director, Heart of Efford Community Partnership – Director

Mark Leahy, Independent Artist- Director

Take A Part is a CIC and is registered with Companies House, to read any of our formal documents relating to this click the links below-

Take A Part Articles of Association

Take A Part Memorandum of Association

Formation of CIC document