Creative Pathways bursary artists 2019 (From Left: Megan Wakelam, Emma Housley. Shannon Watson, Olivia Peace, Amanda Lynch)

Artist Development support for early career artists

Application Deadline: Monday 2nd March 2020
£250 + Mentoring (£250) + cover Open Studios Event registration (£200)
Number of places:
4 each year.

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 40 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.

Creative Pathways Bursary 2020 (New!)

This year, we are offering bursaries to 4 Somerset based artists aged between 18-25 or artists in any age in the early stages of their career, who are eager to demonstrate their developing practices and engage their audiences during our Somerset Open Studios Event (19 September – 4 October 2020) in his/her chosen location/venue.

The selected artists will receive the following:

  • Free to take part in Somerset Open Studios event 2020 (Equivalent to £200) 
  • 5 hrs mentoring, advice and support on artistic development and marketing from SAW Team
  • 5 hrs mentoring from a professional artist (Equivalent to £250)
  • Part of the Artist Development Programme and invited to take part in events and opportunities.
  • 3 hrs surgery with Somerset Film on digital skills.
  • £250 to cover expenses, i.e. materials and transport


Download the full brief and application details here:
Creative Pathways 2020 – Brief (in pdf format)

Creative Pathways in the past

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


Emma Housley & Megan Wakelam Location: Clayhill Arts, Bridgwater
Shannon Watson Location: Dove Studio, Butleigh
Olivia Peace University Centre Somerset, Taunton
Amanda Lynch Close Ltd, Taunton

More Details:
Project Blog:


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