Artist Development support for early career artists

Application Deadline: 1 April 2019.
Number of places:
4 each year.

Creative Pathways 2019 application now opened! Deadline 1 April. Extended Deadline 5 April, 5pm.

This year, we offer 4 bursaries to early career artists in Somerset to explore their artistic practices and widening their audiences. The bursary includes mentoring and training support, and the opportunity to create new work in Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2019 (21 September – 6 October) in any medium and in one of the following:

1. Clayhill Arts (Bridgwater)
Opportunity to develop and present your work at Clayhill Arts, a dedicated arts complex built for the purpose of supporting creative professionals, alongside artist Pennie Elfick. Pennie is based in Somerset and currently developing large scale sculptural work which responds to the landscape around Clayhill Arts.
Clayhill Arts
Pennie Elfick

2. Close Ltd (Taunton)
Opportunity to develop and present your work at a stunning and spacious venue within an exhibition featuring UK artists with an international profile, curated by Freeny Yianni, curator/art consultant and artist mentor of Close Ltd. You will also take part in a specially-invited event during Art Weeks Festival. This opportunity is specifically for those whose practice focuses on contemporary/conceptual, fine art, print, craft or sculpture.
Close Ltd

3. Dove Studios (Butleigh, Glastonbury)
You will be offered a week-long residency opportunity at Dove Studios to research and develop your work responding to the materials, environment and context that Dove Studios has offered, and presenting your work as part of Amazing Space III; with mentoring support from artist Bronwen Bradshaw. This is suitable for artist works in cross-disciplinary, site-specific, performance, outdoor, collaboration and found materials.
Dove Studios
Bronwen Bradshaw

4. Others, identified by the applicant, i.e. multi-site, venue of your own choice, non-venue based project, online or public spaces

To Apply, please download the full brief from the link below for further information and application details: Creative Pathways 2019 – Final (in pdf) 

About Creative Pathways

Creative Pathways is a professional development programme that aims to provide tailor-made support for our artist members to develop their practice and to deliver high-quality work. The programme offers different levels of support throughout the year.  Since 2011, more than 30 artists have participated in the programme. From 2017, the programme was specifically for Emerging Artist Members and tailored for those in their early career stage, showcasing their work during Art Weeks Festival and Somerset Open Studios event. It is now also part of our extensive Artist Development Programme since we became an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation in 2018.

The following artists have benefited from the programme in previous years, with additional support provided by a variety of organisations and projects:


Rebecca Bruton ( Location: ACEarts in Somerton
Georgina Towler ( Location: Contains Art in Watchet
Luminara Star ( Location: Her home studio in Bruton
Hattie Moore ( Location: Weston Bampfylde Village Hall

More details:
Project Blog:


Isobel Adderley, Judy Crosher, Sue Gilmore and Ellie Mawby received bursaries this year to explore the prospect of progressing their artistic practice and widening their audiences, through creating new work in their chosen medium and showcase during the festival in the venue of their choice.


Adam Grose, Liz & Dale (Elizabeth Caires & Dale Perrett), Sarah Hitchens and Veronia Gayle have been selected to create new body of work and to showcase them at the temporary workspaces in Black Swan Arts, The Old Brick WorkshopThe Emporium and Contains Art during Somerset Open Studios event. Each artist responds to the theme of ʻMomentumʼ in their chosen medium and with their own interpretation, representing the progression of their artistic endeavors. This year’s programme is made possible by the support of Arts Council England’s Lottery programme and the partnership venues.


we offered 4 bursaries to emerging/graduate artists in Somerset to make new work and to help them reach their audiences. We have also extended the programme to curating and art writing. Selected artists are:

Bursary 1: Critical Writing and curating
Beckie Upton

Bursary 2: Working with heritage and historical collections
Laura Aish

Bursary 3: Marketplace Development for Artists
Sanda James

Bursary 4: ‘Amazing Space: A Celebration of the Dove’
Jennifer Newbury

Our partners to support us to deliver the programme are: Dove Studios (, Cavaliero Finn (, Discovery Room artists ( and Flock Together artists (

Creative Pathways 2015 is supported by Somerset Creative Industries Development Fund, Arts Council England, Sponsors and Friends of SAW.

For details brief each of the bursary, please visit


‘The Levels & Moors’ Bursaries 2014

Bursaries were offered to 4 artists to develop new bodies of work and take part in the Open Studios 2014 event. Artists developed work in response to the theme of ‘The Levels and Moors’, to represent their relationship to this unique landscape in Somerset. Each artist created work from their chosen materials, showed their making process and talked about their work in their allocated studios. Some work was made to sell during the Open Studios event.  For more information about the project, please visit blog

Lucy Pendrick Number Seven, Dulverton (Funded by West Somerset NFAS)
Joy MerronBlack Swan Arts, Frome
Andrea OkeThornreed Studio, Lower Godney
Mayumi Kaneko – Somerset Guild of Craftsmen


The following artists were selected to receive bursaries to develop new work for the Abundance Garden Trail  during Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2013. More about the project can be found on the blog

Leah Hislop
Bryony Tidball
Gillian Widden
Kitty Hillier

Bronwen BradshawLed and created The Abbots Kitchen Drawing Project, Glastonbury Abbey.


Lucy Lean – A new commission for Slimbridge Wetlands Centre and also at Somerset Crafts as part of Somerset Art Weeks 2012, supported by Bruton School for Girls.
Chris Jelley – Developing digital work, Storywalks 2011-12
Jenni Dutton & Ingrid Hesling – Developing workshop for join exhibition Mother Love at Thelma Hulbert Gallery, 2012
David Davies – Curatorial development and collaborations, a commission of Artist Works for Art Weeks 2012


Jon England – Developing new work at Fleet Air Arm Museum
Simon Lee Dicker – Curatorial development and organisational development of OSR project
Natalie Parsley – Developing new work as part of Art Weeks Festival 2011
Lucia Harley – Developing new work as part of Under a New Sun exhibition at OSR project, part of Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2011
Hannah Bishop – Developing Homecoming exhibition at The Regal Theatre, Minehead, part of Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2011