Image courtesy of Anna Best.

An art school without a building and making space in time

Prospectus is a pilot project to create an alternative form of art school for the dispersed art community of Somerset.

Initiated by artist Anna Best and SAW’s Programme Associate Zoe Li, Prospectus formed a cohort of artists to spend time and work together, exploring models of learning for themselves and the wider artistic community.

Joined by artists Isobel AdderleyJon England, Jenny GrahamFiona HingstonSue Palmer and Natalie Parsley the group experimented and collaborated together; utilising existing art school facilities, sharing thoughts and resources online and creating a learning programme for audiences in Somerset this autumn.

Residency at Huish Episcopi Academy
April 2017

This April, the group spent five days at Huish Episcopi Academy’s sixth-form art complex experimenting ways of learning. They created a programme of activities, including practical sessions designed and delivered by each of the participating artists, and presentations and workshops from invited guests: art therapist Mary Caddick, artist and researcher Rona Lee and artist Lisa Cheung.

You can find the reflections from the participating artists on Our Notes section, capturing their experience and thoughts about the project.

Prospectus website

Exhibition: The Cuts by Anna Best
23 September – 8 October (during Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2017)

Anna Best presents a new work that responds to her experiences of Prospectus – exploring how a cohort is formed over time, how allegiances develop and collaborations evolve. The exhibition also features audio recordings contributed by the participating artists, a new public resource highlighting issues relevant to their practices and/or the project.

Venue Details:
Huish Episcopi Academy, Langport (Venue 101)
University Centre Somerset, Taunton (Venue 79)

The Cuts by Anna Best

Paper Cuts by Anna Best

Prospectus learning events
September – November 2017

A programme of talks, workshops and events initiated, developed and organised by the group of artists participating in Prospectus. Combining their knowledge and connections, the group invited artists and professionals from around the UK to create a dynamic programme that reflects their interests in current ideas and approaches in contemporary arts practices. These events present a wide selection of disciplines in different contexts relevant to the artists and audiences in Somerset.

 Artist Talk: Florian Roithmayr
SAT 30 September, 6 – 7.45pm
Artist workshop: Sun 1 October 10am – 5pm
The Refectory, The Old Church School, Butts Hill, Frome, BA11 1HR

Artist Talk: The Art School and the Culture Shed by Matthew Cornford
THUR 12 October, 6 – 8pm
‘The Den’ at The Cosy Club, Hunts Court, Corporation St, Taunton TA1 4AJ

Artist talk and workshop: Louise K Wilson & Stephen Felmingham
SAT 28 October, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Clayhill Arts, Clayhill Farm, Charlynch Lane, Bridgwater TA5 2PH

Public Lecture: Journeys of Lactic Abstraction by Melanie Jackson
THUR 9 November, 6 – 7.30pm
University Centre Somerset, Wellington Rd, Taunton, Somerset TA1 5AX

Public Lecture: The Neurobiology of Beauty and Its Implications by Professor Semir Zeki
THUR 23 November, 6 – 7.30pm
University Centre Somerset, Wellington Rd, Taunton, Somerset TA1 5AX

Artist Talk: Mary Evans
THUR 7 December, 6 – 7.30pm
University Centre Somerset, Wellington Rd, Taunton, Somerset TA1 5AX

Event details and online booking:

For further information: 01458 253800 / [email protected]

More about Prospectus, please visit