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Our aim is to unleash creativity, connect our communities, improve access to the arts and nurture talent here in Somerset and across the South West.

We run a wide variety of programmes offering residents and visitors to Somerset and our venues opportunities to take part and experience the joy of the creative arts. In doing so, we are able to provide more opportunities for our communities to watch, take part and benefit from arts and cultural activities.

We deliver programmes and activities that benefit health and wellbeing, enrich learning and education in and outside school that inspires and celebrates young talent. Creating work that will support local artists and tell ‘local stories’. Our work seeks to improve inclusion and remove barriers, whatever they may be, so that everyone is able to enjoy and benefit from the creative arts.

Have a look at our creative engagement programmes to see how you can get involved.

Octagon Academy: Weekly Classes 

The Octagon Academy is the place to sing, dance and act with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment. With many classes to choose from for all ages and abilities. So if you love to sing, were born to dance or want to get fit The Octagon Academy has something for you!

Octagon Academy: Bollywood Dance

Octagon Academy: Participate 

Take a look at our opportunities to work with visiting companies to the Octagon & Westlands with workshops, summer schools, pre-show workshops and projects.

Octagon Academy: Inclusive Pottery Workshop

Arts for Health & Wellbeing

Find out about our specialist support-led sessions that support treatment, recovery and long-term wellbeing across Somerset.

Arts for Health & Wellbeing: Movement Through Cancer project

Creative Learning & Education

Discover more about our schools’ programme.

BSO Schools Concert

Artist Support 

Find out what support we offer for emerging and established artists to fulfil their potential and sustain creative, successful careers here in Somerset.

Apples & Angels Production

Talent & Career Development 

Are you a young person looking to get involved and find out more on careers in the arts on and off stage, see how we can support you.

Work Experience Programme

Access & Inclusion Schemes 

Discover more about our Accessible Pricing Scheme to shows and events, Access Fund for participation and Buddying Scheme.

Access & Inclusion

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