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.

In 2011, after 5 years of continued artistic engagement we launched Efford as the Capital of Culture for Plymouth.  The Efford communities experience, expertise, dedication and enthusiasm in the arts firmly established them in this role.


We launched Efford as a Capital of Culture for Plymouth in 2011 and 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.  We have relationships with Whitleigh and North Prospect and longer term we are developing projects and relationships with both the Barne Barton and Stonehouse communities.

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

The Board

Take A Part is governed by aboard of community members, arts practitioners and councillors both city wide and within the areas we work with.

Caroline Mawdsley, Independent Curator – Chair

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

Jane Cullen, Campaign Development Manager, University of Plymouth

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

Brian Vincent, Ward Councillor for Efford and Portfolio Holder for Environment – 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