We are now launching our new Artist Development Programme with the following two strands:
Development Opportunities: Bursaries, advisory & mentoring. (open for application now)
Networking & Events: Artists talks, symposiums & workshops. (will be announced in September)
(Please click the title of each opportunity for details. Artists who apply please be aware we are in the pilot stage of the programme. We are seeking to work with artists that provide critical and constructive feedback at this stage to help to create a clear framework for the future programme.)
Number of places: 4
Bursary amount: up to £250
Deadline: Apply before Friday 31 August. Application takes 4 weeks to process.
Number of places: 4
Bursary Amount: £500
Deadline: Tuesday 31 July 2018 for expression of interest
Number of places: 3
Deadline of Application: Friday 31 August 2018
Number of places: 10
Deadline: First come first served until March 2019
Please check the eligibility of each of the opportunity. Artists who apply please be aware we are in the pilot stage of the programme. We are seeking to work with artists that provide critical and constructive feedback at this stage to help to create a clear framework for the future programme.
Somerset Art Works is an arts development agency evolved from the ‘Art Weeks’ event, established in 1994. This artist-led organisation first set out to provide showcase opportunities for artists, attracting more than 350 artist members in 2007 and it has continued to grow in recent years to include other organisations, groups, schools and businesses. With a growing number of artists in Somerset, we recognised the need to develop and profile high quality work for its audiences, in order to sustain a viable artistic economy in the county.
In 2010, Creative Pathways (somersetartworks.org.uk/creativepathways), a bursary programme for professional development, was launched with the support from Friends of SAW and Arts Council England Lottery Funding. Each selected artist received the benefit of free membership, free entry to the Art Weeks event and a bursary to cover mentoring, materials, traveling and showcasing new works at the Art Weeks events. 30 artists have been involved in the Creative Pathways programme so far.
We delivered the Prospectus (prospectus.somersetartworks.org.uk), a pilot programme to look at learning for artists. Together with the Artists Development Day, which gathers feedback from more than 30 artist members (Please see Artist development day note), we are now able to provide a number of development opportunities for our artist members in different levels in the next 4 years as part of our commitment as a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.
The ’Artist Development Programme’ is managed by Zoe Li, Programme Associate of Somerset Art Works, supported by Creative Director Carol Carey and Trustee Tim Martin. For all enquiries in relation to the programme, please contact Zoe by email email@example.com
Zoe has more than 15 years’ experience in working with artists to develop new commissions at off-site locations and art spaces. She joined SAW in 2007 and delivered our Art Weeks and Open Studios events between 2007–2015, as well as developed our website and delivered several of our contemporary arts commissioning programmes, such as Abundances (2013), Momentum Open Call (2015) and Prospectus (2017). She is now responsible for the Artist Development Programme and supports the development of Art Weeks Festival 2019. Zoe graduated from MA Cultural Management & Curating from Goldsmiths College and worked in several different roles at Arts Council England (South West) between 2003 – 2015, alongside with freelance and her own curatorial projects in Hong Kong and the UK. She works with artists across different disciplines, such as moving-image, sound, performance and installation and has established curatorial interests in cross-disciplinary practice and collaboration. She co-founded Eastville Project Space in Yeovil in 2015 and has served as Trustee at Take A Part CIC since 2017. She is current steering group member of Visual Arts South West.