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374 Ways to Change the World

Make the Sunshine and Shepton Mallet Town Council are working together on a new project set to bring young people’s ideas and creativity to the fore thanks to support from Creative Mendip through Mendip District Council.

The project: 374 Ways to Change the World, is all about explore the power of performance and creativity to challenge, question and inspire action in young people.

Working with six schools across Shepton Mallet: Bowlish Infant School, St Paul’s CofE VC Junior School, Shepton Mallet Infant School, St Aldhelm’s VA Church Primary School, Croscombe and Stoke St Michael School Federation, students will explore how creativity can be used to create change and make a difference to people’s lives and the world around them.

From flash mobs to crativism, protest poets to theatre: 374 Ways will explore the power of dance, theatre and art to transform hearts and minds and create social change in both local communities and national level.

Children across the six schools have chosen their focus and are now looking to commission artists! You can download the brief here.

The focus the children have chosen are listed below:

COMMISSION 1: Improving our community by creating a piece of art for the local care home

ARTISTS: 100 students age 4-7 at Bowlish Infant School


COMMISSION 2: Promoting kindness

ARTISTS: 55 students age 7-11 at Croscombe C of E Primary School


COMMISSION 3: Raise awareness of refugees

ARTISTS: 90 students age 7-11 (one year group) at St Paul’s C of E VC Junior School


COMMISSION 4: Bringing friendship, joy and hope to the local community in Doulting

ARTISTS: 160 students ages 4-11 at St Aldhelm’s VA Church Primary School


COMMISSION 5: Promoting kindness

ARTISTS 15-20 students at Stoke St Michael Primary School


COMMISSION 6: Litter / the environment

ARTISTS: 40 students aged 6-7 at Shepton Mallet Infants School

The application form can be downloaded here and should be emailed to, Deadline is Friday 18th February

At the heart of this project is children using their own creativity. Young people will design their own ‘social action’ project working alongside a professional artist.  Students will create a series of bespoke community events, campaigns and performances,


This project is part of a wider programme of work under the same name supported by Wells Festival of Literature, Shepton Mallet Town Council, Strode Theatre and Take Art’s Barn Development Programme and Somerset Community Foundation.. As well as these workshops students will also have the opportunity to stage a production written inspired by the concept of changing the world.

The final performance will be part performance, part social action, and will bring young voices and ideas to the fore to show how arts and creativity can transform hearts, minds, communities and the planet.