Emerge is a two-year, environmentally inspired partnership project that aims to draw together communities in Bridgwater through a high quality, large-scale, arts-led public engagement programme throughout 2023/24.
The overarching theme will be climate change and the specific threats Bridgwater faces. By uniting those stirred by these issues, the arts and a passion for Bridgwater’s history and future, we hope the project will act as a catalyst, or a ‘call to action’, for climate adaptation.
Seed is supporting the community-led focus of this project. An integral part of the project will be to work with individuals and groups who currently do not engage in creative arts and heritage activities.
This is a partnership project led by Take Art, with core partners Seed and Stacked Wonky Dance over the duration of 2 years.
A local Community Builder has been appointed to work as a critical guide on the ground to ensure public concerns and aspirations are understood and considered and to partner with the community in the development of the project during the R&D phase.
We’d like to invite you to share your ideas and shape this creative response to climate change and explore how we can work together to make a difference.
Seed are working in partnership with Take Art and Stacked Wonky, to enhance the Community Engagement aspect of this project.
Every year Take Art works with thousands of people across the county, providing opportunities for all ages and abilities to experience, participate and work within the arts. From their hub in South Petherton they run one of the UK’s most celebrated rural touring schemes, along with county-wide projects that focus on supporting artists, children, young people and communities.
Stacked Wonky is a contemporary dance company led by Artistic Director, Sarah Shorten, buoyed up and inspired by a very strong group of performers, designers, musicians, mentors and makers of all sorts. Over the past 10 years it has been quietly making work/commissions for unusual places – Trafalgar Square, Clovelly Court Estate, Museum of Childhood etc, resurfacing in 2015 with “Liberator”, a box-set of four site episodes performed in the Vale of Porlock to critical acclaim. The company has a natural draw towards site work, a love of presence and wish to engage with audiences in close proximity. Increasingly, it is developing a way of intermingling professionals and skilled child performers to broaden the possibilities of what can be seen and felt in site-specific work.