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 check the eligibility and criteria or individual 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 protected]