We are now launching the new Artist Development Programme with the two following strands:

Development Opportunities: Bursaries, advisory & mentoring.
Networking & Events: Artists talks, symposiums & workshops.


(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.)

Artist development planning session

We are now offer 10Artists Members an 1 hr advisory session with us to identify their development needs and to tailor their own artist development plan which will guide them to take action in progressing their artistic practice. Planning session takes place at Somerset Art Works office in Langport. Conducted by Zoe Li, Programme Associate of SAW.

Number of places: 10
Between 29th January to 30th March
Booking & Details: https://somersetartworks.org.uk/2018/07/artist-development-planning-session/

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 zoe.li@somersetartworks.org.uk

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.

‘Prospecting’ Symposium

An symposium in November 2018 gathered 50 artists and research to explore new directions and territories for artists’ practice

Creative Pathways Bursaries 2018

More about 2018 Creative Pathways recipients: Rebecca Bruton, Hattie Moore, Luminara Star and Georgina Towler.

Prospectus 2017

Prospectus is a pilot project in 2017 exploring a new form of peripatetic art school for artists and audiences in the dispersed art community of Somerset.

Creative Pathways

An artist development programme that aims to provide tailor-made support for Somerset artists in early stage of their career.

Artist Testimonials

Testimonials from artists SAW has worked with.