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About Us

The Take A Part vision is for individuals and communities to be free to identify and realise their creative potential.

About Us

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Take A Part are experts in socially engaged audience development for contemporary art. Based in Plymouth, we work in areas that have been historically underserved and 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. 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. Crucially, 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.

History

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 a deep and creative impact into the regeneration of the area - this 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. You can read our ‘Efford: Capital of Culture’ case study here.

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.

In 2018, we were awarded the prestigious Arts Council England National Portfolio Status for the 2018-2022 period, securing our programme for Plymouth.

If you would like to make a real difference to underserved communities in Plymouth, please visit our ‘Support Us’ page for more details. You can help us make a real impact in people’s lives.

Team Members

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Kim Wide

Director

Kim Wide is Founder, CEO and Artistic Director of Take A Part CIC. Hailing from Canada, Kim studied Near Eastern Archaeology and Museum Management and Curation before coming to the UK. A maternity cover at ArtSway later, she fell in love with contemporary art.

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Gem Smith

Producer

Gemma has worked in the arts in Plymouth for 10 years. Over that time her work has crossed many different disciplines and involved a range of projects as diverse as community radio, public art, theatre, sculpture, mass dance, stone carving, tour guiding and orchestral outreach.

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Beth Maxwell-Pooley

Producer

Beth is an artist, researcher, and producer, and has been working with Take A Part since 2015. She is an associate lecturer at Plymouth University, where she is also completing a practice-led PhD. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently a solo exhibition ‘Poor Copy’ at Jerwood Visual Arts, London, The Northern Charter, Newcastle, and Exeter Phoenix (2018).

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Joe Meldrum

Communications and Marketing Manager

Joe is a Plymouth-based communications and design professional. He has an extensive background working with arts-based organisations and projects such as Plymouth Culture, Horizon and Made In Plymouth magazine.

Board Members

Mark Leahy

Independent Artist - Chair of the Board

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

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