Artist Development Day 8 May, 2018. Image by Davina Jelley.

Number of places: 4
Bursary amount: up to £250
Deadline: Apply any time before Friday 31 August. Application takes 4 weeks to process.

Mentoring can be an effective way to support you to develop your practice by receiving guidance, advice, feedback from experienced artists. It often involves conducting critical dialogue and allowing the mentors to assess your work.

We would like to offer 5 artists at mid-career level, access to a mentoring opportunity to look at their work critically and in a critical stage of their career. Artists are selected based upon their ambitions and aspirations as well as the artistic quality of their work. Mentors will be identified to best support the artist’s individual development needs and in progressing their artistic practice.

The scheme will cover the following:

  • Somerset Art Works will support the artist to seek a highly skilled professional to provide mentoring support, with advice from our professional networks, such as Visual Arts South West and a national network of curators and artists.
  • Cover the mentoring fee up to 5 hrs with a suggested fee of £40/hr (agreed between the mentor, SAW and participant)
  • Cover the traveling costs to attend mentoring sessions if necessary (however, much of the mentoring can be conducted via phone or skype).

You will need to establish trust and a professional relationship with your mentors under a written and mutual agreement at the beginning of the project. SAW will manage the payment of the mentor and feedback.


Who can apply:
– Current SAW artist members (Please contact us if you wish to join)
– Age 18 and above.

Who can NOT apply:
– If you are in full-time education, except MA degree.
– You have already received commissions and bursaries from us since 2017.
– Those not current SAW Members.

Artists who receive the above opportunity commit to:
– Attend 1 hr advisory session with us, so we understand their development needs and how to maximise the impact of their opportunity.
– Record their progress and document it through our Artist Development Programme Blog and commit to share their progress with us, sharing their practice and experience among the artists community and audiences.
– Take part in the evaluation process, including providing a written report and verbal feedback.
– Attend a one day symposium on the 1st November at University Centre Somerset, presenting and sharing ‘what you do with the bursary’ with other artists attending the event.

For informal discussion and enquiry, contact Zoe Li (Programme Associate of SAW)

To Apply: Please fill in the APPLICATION FORM