'Pangaea' Oil and Medium on Norfolk Paper. By Adam Grose, Creative Pathways Bursary Artist 2016

About Creative Pathways
Professional Development for SAW member artists

Creative Pathways is a professional development programme that aims to provide tailor-made support for artist members in Somerset to develop their practice and to deliver high-quality work. The programme offers different levels of supports throughout the year.

Bursary opportunities usually open in Feb/March for those who wish to develop new work as part of the Art Weeks Festival event or Open Studios event. There will be other art-form specific opportunities open throughout the year. All opportunities will be advertised in our Members’ Newsletter.

Creative Pathways Bursaries 2017

Application now opened
Deadline Thur 30 March, 5pm

This year, in responding to ‘Prospect‘,  the focus of our creative programme in 2017-2018, Somerset Art Works offer 4 bursaries to Somerset based artists in the early stage of their career to explore the prospect of progressing their artistic practice and widening their audiences.  The bursary includes mentoring and training support, and the opportunity to create new work in Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2017 (23 September – 8 October) in any medium and in his/her chosen location/venue in responding to the curatorial theme of ‘Prospect’ somersetartworks.org.uk/prospect.

The bursary winners will receive the followings:

  • Free entry to the Somerset Art Weeks Festival (we will refund your registration fee, if you have already registered for the event and since decided to take part in the Creative Pathways programme.)
  • Free 1 year SAW Emerging Artist Membership (For existing members, free membership for 2017 – 2018)
  • Mentoring, advice and support on artistic development and marketing
  • A material fee up to £250

The bursary winners will be committed to the following:

  • Attend 1 introductory session and 2 development sessions at SAW. You will be responsible for your own transportation
  • Develop a new body of work in response to the theme ʻProspectʼ
  • Responsible for the organisation, production, installation, interpretation and de-installation of the work during Somerset Art Weeks Festival, or closely liaise with the venue and relevant partners.
  • Provide information and images for Somerset Art Weeks publicity
  • Documenting the process on our Creative Pathways blog.
  • Evaluate the process and submit a written final report


  • Artist of any age who has either left college/university and/or set up their first professional studio or workshop in the last 3 years.
  • Artist works on contemporary visual arts practice, including installation, sculpture, sound, performance, new media, digital, multidisciplinary, moving image and site-specific.

Submit your application

Please send your application to Somerset Art Works at admin@somersetartworks.org.uk Deadline Thursday 30 March, 5pm.

  • Your professional CV, including your contact details and 2 references’ names and contact details.
  • A covering letter (no more than 1 page) outlining your relevant skills, expertise and experience, what you hope to achieve by receiving the bursary and how this may support you to develop your artistic practice in the future; Your professional development needs, i.e. mentoring, peer to peer support, training, etc. in relation to your proposal
  • Project Proposal (no more than 300 words) an outline of the work you wish to develop, including the idea behind the work, approach, materials, process, proposed venue/location; and how would you engage the audiences/visitors during the event.
  • 5 images of your recent work in one single document in word doc or pdf format no more than 5MB in file size.

Download the full details here: Creative Pathways 2017

Creative Pathways in the past

The following artists have benefited from the programme in previous years, with additional support provided from a variety of organisations and projects:


Adam Grose, Liz & Dale (Elizabeth Caires & Dale Perrett), Sarah Hitchens and Veronia Gayle have been selected to create new body of work and to showcase them at the temporary workspaces in Black Swan Arts, The Old Brick WorkshopThe Emporium and Contains Art during Somerset Open Studios event. Each artist responds to the theme of ʻMomentumʼ in their chosen medium and with their own interpretation, representing the progression of their artistic endeavors. This year’s programme is made possible by the support of Arts Council England’s Lottery programme and the partnership venues.


we offered 4 bursaries to emerging/graduate artists in Somerset to make new work and to help them reach their audiences. We have also extended the programme to curating and art writing. Selected artists are:

Bursary 1: Critical Writing and curating
Beckie Upton

Bursary 2: Working with heritage and historical collections
Laura Aish

Bursary 3: Marketplace Development for Artists
Sanda James

Bursary 4: ‘Amazing Space: A Celebration of the Dove’
Jennifer Newbury

Our partners to support us to deliver the programme are: Dove Studios (dovearts.wordpress.com), Cavaliero Finn (cavalierofinn.com), Discovery Room artists (www.revealthemuseum.com) and Flock Together artists (flocktogethernews.wordpress.com)

Creative Pathways 2015 is supported by Somerset Creative Industries Development Fund, Arts Council England, Sponsors and Friends of SAW.

For details brief each of the bursary, please visit  somersetartworks.org.uk/2015/03/creative-pathways-programme-2015


‘The Levels & Moors’ Bursaries 2014

Bursaries were offered to 4 artists to develop new bodies of work and take part in the Open Studios 2014 event. Artists developed work in response to the theme of ‘The Levels and Moors’, to represent their relationship to this unique landscape in Somerset. Each artist created work from their chosen materials, showed their making process and talked about their work in their allocated studios. Some work was made to sell during the Open Studios event.  For more information about the project, please visit blog sawcreativepathways.wordpress.com

Lucy Pendrick Number Seven, Dulverton (Funded by West Somerset NFAS)
Joy MerronBlack Swan Arts, Frome
Andrea OkeThornreed Studio, Lower Godney
Mayumi Kaneko – Somerset Guild of Craftsmen


The following artists were selected to receive bursaries to develop new work for the Abundance Garden Trail  during Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2013. More about the project can be found on the blog sawabundance.wordpress.com

Leah Hislop
Bryony Tidball
Gillian Widden
Kitty Hillier

Bronwen BradshawLed and created The Abbots Kitchen Drawing Project, Glastonbury Abbey.


Lucy Lean – A new commission for Slimbridge Wetlands Centre and also at Somerset Crafts as part of Somerset Art Weeks 2012, supported by Bruton School for Girls.
Chris Jelley – Developing digital work, Storywalks 2011-12
Jenni Dutton & Ingrid Hesling – Developing workshop for join exhibition Mother Love at Thelma Hulbert Gallery, 2012
David Davies – Curatorial development and collaborations, a commission of Artist Works for Art Weeks 2012


Jon England – Developing new work at Fleet Air Arm Museum
Simon Lee Dicker – Curatorial development and organisational development of OSR project
Natalie Parsley – Developing new work as part of Art Weeks Festival 2011
Lucia Harley – Developing new work as part of Under a New Sun exhibition at OSR project, part of Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2011
Hannah Bishop – Developing Homecoming exhibition at The Regal Theatre, Minehead, part of Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2011