Over the last 6 years local arts projects have blossomed in Wiveliscombe and will continue growing in the future.
After years of planning, fundraising and management by the Wiveliscombe Arts Consortium, the Wiveliscombe Heritage Arts Trail is a reality. As well as The Brewery Plaque Trail there are the wooden sculptures that make up the Markerposts at the Taunton Rd entrance to the town, the fine carved oak seats and sculpted gates for Jubilee Gardens and The Wiveliscombe Column in The Square. Public consultation and co-operation between the diverse groups involved in the project, co-ordinated by Tamizan Savill, have resulted in a unique series of art works of which Wivey can be proud.
The Wiveliscombe Arts Consortium (WAC)
Formed in 1998 to co-ordinate initiatives to attract Arts funding and resources to the Wiveliscombe area and provide an umbrella organisation for local groups seeking help with arts projects. The open membership of the Consortium included representatives from a cross-section of bodies with the cultural, social and economic values of the community at heart:Wiveliscombe Town Council; The Congregational Church; The Historical Society;The Wiveliscombe Messenger;Adult Learning and Leisure;Wiveliscombe Arts Group;The Jim Laker Fund;Wiveliscombe Civic Society; St. Andrews Church; Hurstone Artists;The Parish Maps Group;Cinema Obscura; Taunton Deane Borough Council and several individuals with the same broad interests. The success of this co-operative approach is now evident in the Wiveliscombe Heritage Arts Trail which celebrates the distinct identity of Wivey and its unique history.