Cultural Development News: February 2022

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News and Upcoming Events:

Save the Date

We are delighted to have various cultural support and engagement events coming up over the next few months: 

Free Grants and Funding Workshop: 

Tuesday 1st March 2022 (10am - 2.30pm) at The Creative Innovation Centre (CICCIC). Please find further information below and to book your place, please click here.

Next Cultural Forum:

We look forward to seeing you at our next Cultural Forum on Thursday 3rd March 2022 at 1pm - 2.30pm via TEAMS. Calendar invitations for this meeting have been sent, if you have not received an invite, please email

Free Workplace Mental Health First Aid Course:

A 2-Day Mental Health First Aid Course is being held on 16th and 17th March 2022 and is completely free to those who work in SMEs or are sole traders/micro providers working in Somerset in the Arts and Entertainment industry. 

To reserve your place please visit: Mental Health First Aid Course

Careers Fairs supported by SWT:

  • Wednesday 9th March 2022: The Recruit West Somerset Careers and Jobs Fair will be held at Studio 36, Butlins, Minehead from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. For further information or if you are an employer with current vacancies and would like to book a stand at no cost, please contact Minehead Job Centre – 01643 435822

  • Tuesday 29th March 2022: Somerset Jobs Fair - Somerset County Cricket Ground, Taunton. For further information or if you are an employer with current vacancies and would like to book a stand, please contact or visit Somerset Jobs Fair.

Museum of the Moon comes to Taunton!

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Somerset West and Taunton Council has teamed up with UK artist Luke Jerram and St Mary Magdalene Church to bring the Museum of the Moon to Taunton.

Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork which has been seen by over three million people at venues across the world.

Measuring six metres in diameter, the moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

Cllr Caroline Ellis, Executive Member for Culture, said: “SWT recognises the value of creative and cultural experiences and their power to enrich lives and create opportunities for our businesses, residents and visitors.

“I am delighted that we are able to bring the world-renowned Museum of the Moon to Taunton. It will offer an amazing, shared experience that people of all ages from across the district and beyond can enjoy free of charge.”

The exhibition will be at St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton, from 18 to 31 March 2022 and will be free to enter. The venue is also programming its own series of lunar inspired events beneath the moon.

Luke Jerram said: “For most people, this will be their most intimate, personal and closest encounter they will ever have with the Moon. I hope that people in Taunton enjoy the experience.”

For times and further details of the exhibition please visit Museum of the Moon in Taunton

Funding Workshop - 1st March 2022

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Andrew Knutt will be facilitating a free ideas and funding workshop on Tuesday 1st March 2022 at The Creative Innovation Centre.

This workshop, supported and funded by Somerset West & Taunton Council, is ideal for new and established creatives who are keen on researching grants and funding opportunities for creative projects, and learning more about the funding landscape. 

For more information and to book your place for the event please visit the Creative Innovation Centre's website.

Grants and Funding Information:

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The Leche Trust:

The Leche Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 29 April 2022. The Leche Trust is a grant making charity that provides funding of up to £5,000 to UK registered charities, public authorities or institutions in the areas of the Performing Arts and Conservation. For more information, please visit:

Help Musicians: Helping musicians develop their skills:

Help Musicians, the independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, is making grants of up to £1,500 available to support musicians to develop their skills or artistic practice. The funding is available to help solo artists, composers, group members, songwriters, producers or multidisciplinary artists aged 18 and over. For more information, please visit:

The Ragdoll Foundation:

The Ragdoll Foundation, which provides grants to not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media, has announced that its main grants programme will close for applications on the 28 February 2022. Through the main programme, grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects. For more information, please visit:

The National Lottery Heritage Fund:

The Heritage fund are supporting museums, libraries, archives and other organisations to make the most of their collections. Grants for engagement, re-interpretation and collections management from £3,000 to £250,000 are available. Closing date 31 March 2023. For more information, please visit: Introducing our Dynamic Collections campaign | The National Lottery Heritage Fund

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