Consultancy and Impact

Take A Part works across a wide range of specialist skills and with a core team of dedicated people to deliver high quality advice, mentoring and consultancy that supports you and your organisation to engage ethically, authentically and with relevance.

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Covid-19 Activity and Impact Report

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2020 has been a challenging year for the sector, we've faced many uncertainties and challenges. Despite this the TAP team have worked incredibly hard, alongside our very resilient communities and partners, to continue to develop and deliver creative projects that are relevant and keep us connected.

We're really proud to present this impact report sharing how we stayed relevant, connected, created commissions and employability, generated income, advocated, researched, supported artists and organisations AND developed research partnerships and training. We've kept ourselves busy!

We want to say a massive thank you to the communities, partners, collaborators and supporters who've continued to work with us at such a difficult time. We are SO proud of what we have been able to achieve.

You can read the full report here.

Take A Part offer FREE 30 minute 1-1 surgeries for organisations who want to respond positively, with authenticity, to their local communities in the COVID-19 landscape and beyond and re-shape their offer as organisations. Be able to better prepare for on the ground responses in the future!

What are the steps you need to take to build resilience ? How can you reshape your business model to be relevant, meaningful and deliverable in the face of unexpected major risks? How can you be more public facing? How can you respond in creative ways that MAKE work rather than presenting what you have already done? How can what you do NOW create audience and development that will echo into the next phase? What support does your team, artists and audience need to make this happen?

The landscape is changing and we want to be sure that you feel supported to take the steps you need to respond to the opportunity to increase reach, relevance and impact.

These sessions are being held on Zoom with our director Kim Wide. Book your place via

What Our Clients Say

"Working with artists allowed us to reach far more members of the community. It was exciting for everyone involved. People felt like they were able to make a real difference to where they lived."

Debbie Burton Senior Community Connections Officer, Plymouth City Council

On Take A Part project In Praise of Trees, "It is more. More than beautiful. It is essential to this place."

Brian Vincent Cabinet Member for Environment, Plymouth

"Working with artists allowed us to reach far more members of the community. It was exciting for everyone involved. People felt like they were able to make a real difference to where they lived."

Debbie Burton Senior Community Connections Officer, Plymouth City Council

On Take A Part project In Praise of Trees, "It is more. More than beautiful. It is essential to this place."

Brian Vincent Cabinet Member for Environment, Plymouth

Case Studies: Key projects

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Capital Of Culture

Our long-term work with Efford has helped the community transform their local area.

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Crazy Glue

Our bespoke after school arts club model for hard to reach families developed with schools in communities we engage with.

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Creative Education

School is often at the heart of a community as well as at the heart of Take A Part's work.

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Peter Randall Page

In Praise Of Trees

We worked the the community of Ham and artist Peter Randall-Page to create public art that is treasured

In Praise Of Trees
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Plain Speaking Tours

Take A Part has worked with community arts groups for over 10 years to develop their ‘Plain Speaking Tours’ model.

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An art and heritage project working with Plymouth communities to explore historic and contemporary stories of migration

Shed On Wheels at the Union Street Party

Shed On Wheels

From an electric Morris milk float, the Efford community and Take A Part created a mobile shed, artwork and community space.

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Social Making

Our biennial symposium which brings together communities and practitioners working in socially engaged ways to share learning.

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Barne Barton Digital Map

Young Creatives

A young person-led approach to creating digital projects about their communities.

Young Creatives

Our client base is wide-ranging and has included:

Arts Council Ireland

Bannerman Road Primary School

Barne Barton Neighbourhood Forum


The Box

Bristol City Council

Carlow Council

Clore Leadership

Dance South West

Hardwick Gallery/University of Gloucestershire

Heart of Efford Community Partnership

High View School

Local Trust

National Trust

Paper Arts

Philharmonia Orchestra

Plymouth Arts Centre

Plymouth City Council

Plymouth College of Art

Plymouth Culture

Poole Museum and Arts Centre

SEED (Creative People and Places)

Willis Newson/PG Group

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We have a reliable team of people who can support your goals to move forward. They are:

Kim Wide

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Specialist in: Curating Socially Engaged and Audience Engagement projects, Organisational Development, Strategy, Fundraising, Creating Infrastructure, Co-Creation and Co-Commissioning, Public Art, Business Planning, Board Development, Regeneration Initiatives, Neighbourhood Planning, Civic Spaces and Working with Disabled people.

She is the Founder and Director of Take A Part CIC. Via Take A Part, Kim has established an innovative and award winning co-commissioning curatorial process developed and managed by communities - the Arts Action Group model. Kim built Take A Part from a pilot project in 2006 to become an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation in 2018.

She has also established Take A Part Carlow (ROI) and We Create (Cheltenham) based on the Arts Action Group model of working and often supports organisations to realise their ambitions in relation to audiences and reach.

She is the founder of Social Making - the UK's only biennial symposium on socially engaged practice. Kim has curated and developed projects to engage diverse audiences such as: The South West Disability Film Festival (with BFI), Dance Feast! (with Dance SW), Nowhereisland Radio (Sophie Hope/Mark Vernon), In Praise of Trees (Peter Randall-Page), Shed On Wheels (Anne Marie Culhane/Encounter Arts), Kinterbury Creek Bridge (muf architecture/art). She has written public art plans and policies for Borough of Poole and PG Group, evaluated projects and acted as Critical Friend and Mentor for Plymouth City Council, Local Trust, Creative People and Places, Clore Leadership etc

Beth Emily Richards


Specialist in: Co-commissioning & Co-creating, Environmental Commissioning, Public Art & Regeneration Initiatives, Working with Young People, LGBTQ+ communities, and Communities of Interest.

Beth Emily Richards is an artist, researcher, and producer. She currently works as a creative producer for Take A Part, as a director of Rame Projects CIC, as a director of Flock South West, as an associate lecturer for Fine Art and Theatre and Performance departments in universities across the South West, and is currently in her writing up year of her funded PhD.

She has worked for Take A Part since 2015, producing the biennial Social Making symposium, the Young Creatives programme (working with young people to on digital mapping projects while also developing project management skills), and has devised and led on Reverberations, a project working with Coxside communities which reflects on historic and contemporary stories of migration in Plymouth.

As an artist Beth has had solo presentations of work at Jerwood Visual Arts London, The Northern Charter Newcastle, and Exeter Phoenix; has been commissioned by Plymouth City Council for the British Art Show 7, The Museum of Cornish Life, and The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art; has been invited to participate in international residencies and group exhibitions; and has been awarded funding from Arts Council England, a-n, Visual Arts South West, and SOMA Mexico City, amongst others.

As a researcher she has shared her work at international conferences; has been awarded funding for her doctoral research and to attend symposia and residencies; and has published in peer-reviewed journals and books. She was recently awarded the Michael T Marsden Award for outstanding original contribution to the field of Popular Culture studies, and brings a practice-research methodology to that field.

Gemma Smith


Specialist in: Creative Education, In-School Working, Children and Young People, Co-Commissioning and Co-Creating, Regeneration and Socio-Economic Deprivation, Environmental and Public Realm Commissioning.

Gemma has worked in the arts 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.

Gemma has worked with Take A Part for the last 9 years; starting as programme coordinator before moving on to become creative education producer with a specific focus on delivering the ‘Crazy Glue’ arts group programme and developing connections to creative organisations and opportunities with schools.

In addition to her work with Take A Part Gemma has worked on arts council projects ‘iOrchestra’ and ‘Horizon’, both within an engagement capacity, and drawing on her experiences at Take A Part. She has also worked with Plymouth Dance and The Barbican Theatre and is a freelance dance teacher, photographer and occasional performer.

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