About

About Take A Part

Take A Part are experts in socially engaged audience development for contemporary art.

Based in Plymouth we work in areas of socio-economic deprivation and regeneration that don’t usually engage in the arts.

Our long-term, embedded process starts with listening and supporting communities to set agendas for projects that reflect and address community need and diversity. There is a great interest in our work because our genuine processes with communities leads us to co-commissioning exceptional national and international artists in those communities.

 

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.

 Take A Part started in 2006 in Efford, Plymouth as a series of pilot projects supporting the area’s regeneration. Engaging residents in contemporary art processes allowed for deep and creative feed into the regeneration of the area and supported the core aims of the Efford Master Plan by supporting health, young people, skills development, access to green space and physical changes to place.

By 2011 Take A Part had grown, working in other areas of the city, and by 2014 we began to work regionally and nationally to support other organisations, advocate for socially engaged practice and spread our reach.

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