Prospecting Symposium Nov 2018. Photo by Léonie Hampton

Starting from February until July 2020, 6 monthly meetings will be led by our Programme Associate Zoe Li with invited artists and arts professionals sharing their expertise and different approaches on different aspects of developing and sustaining artistic practice in Somerset.

We welcome all SAW members at all levels, including artists and organisations.

‘Presentation and writing artist statements’ – 6 February

How can you present yourself and your practice in a limited space, such as on social media, websites and print matters?
This session encourages you and other participants to share different approaches and in different contexts, followed by a practical workshop led by writer, editor and consultant Lara Eggleton from Leeds to lead a workshop on ‘Writing an artist statement’ – A one-hour workshop will help participants to think, speak and write effectively about their art practice. We’ll use language-based exercises and work in groups to develop a short statement, test its effectiveness, and discuss ways to adapt it to different contexts.’

‘Develop and create your project’ – 5 March

What does a project mean for your artistic development? What is an artist project? How can you create and manage your own?
This session encourages those interested in developing their own project, or if you’re in the middle of one, and those with experience to share their successes and challenges.

Presentations from Lotte Scott and Liz Gregory (recipient of our Project Development Bursary) , sharing their projects which showcased at the Art Weeks Festival 2019, followed by a short workshop creating a project plan, including timeline, budget and goals.

‘Curatorial basics for artists’ – 2 April

A presentation of work by London based artist Rona Lee to explore curatorial practice from the artist’s perspective. Operating between gallery and other settings her work is research-led and shaped by the context, geographic, technological or epistemological, to which it is a response.

Follow up discussion on DIY curatorial practice for artists, referencing to ‘Creative Endeavors: A curatorial guide for artists in Somerset’ a toolkit SAW developed in 2012 for artists in Somerset. This session welcomes artists, curators and venues to exchange tips and notes on best practice.

‘Create your own network and collaborative working’ – 7 May

What is a network? How does this benefit your artistic practice? How can you make the best use of your contacts? Have you been collaborating with others?
This session encourages you to share your experience and thoughts on how your practice sits in relation to wider networks and to develop collaborative working that benefits your artistic practice, followed by a short workshop on network mapping to define your audience, supporters and collaborators.

‘Fundraising and finance for artists’ – 4 June

Is selling work the only way to sustain your practice? How can you be smart with your finances and  create opportunities that making your practice financially sustainable? This is not a session to tell you how to make money from your art, it is about how you can sustain your practice with your skills, networks, and identify suitable opportunities. We will have a guest speaker on public funding and how to make your artistic practice more sustainable.

‘Value your practice and portfolio building’ – 2 July

What is meant by ‘professional’? Do you have to work on your practice full-time to be professional? What is your aspiration as an artist? What is the future for artists living and practicing in Somerset? Tackling our misconception about what a portfolio career means for you, followed by a mapping exercise to build your own path for success and a portfolio that reflects who you already are.


First Thursday of the month
SAW Office (1/F The Town Hall, Bow Street, Langport TA10 9PR, FREE PARKING)
FREE, booking recommended, first come first served basis

Max 20 for each session to attend, please let us know in advance via the booking link here:
For further enquiries please contact Zoe Li, [email protected]

Published on December 12, 2019 // Zoe Li