Prospect is Somerset Art Works’ new programme between 2017 – 2018. Following the momentum of our creative programme 2015-17, ‘Prospect’ aims to provide continuing opportunities for artists and audiences throughout Somerset. There will be range of partnership projects, new commissions and opportunities in different locations and venues.

Prospect also sets the tone for the Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2017 (23 September – 8 October). We encourage exhibitions, events and projects that reflect the meaning behind prospect in relation to the interest and practice of artists in Somerset, or the wider social-cultural landscape within the county and beyond.

Prospect is open for interpretation:

[Noun] The possibility or likelihood of some future event occurring; A mental picture of a future or anticipated event; Chances or opportunities for success or wealth; A person regarded as likely to succeed or as a potential customer, client; A place likely to yield mineral deposits; An extensive view of landscape.

[Verb] Search for mineral deposits, especially by drilling and excavation; Search for; seek.

[Synonyms] likelihood, hope, expectation, anticipation, (good/poor) chance, chances, odds, probability, possibility, likeliness, promise, lookout

Late Middle English (as a noun denoting the action of looking towards a distant object): from Latin prospectus view, from prospicere look forward, from pro- forward + specere to look. Early use, referring to a view of landscape, gave rise to the meaning ‘mental picture’ (mid 16th century), whence ‘anticipated event’.