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Artist Support

Artist Support

We love the diversity of creative and cultural experiences that people living in Somerset can engage with, and we’re proud that Somerset has such a broad range of conventional and unconventional spaces to share, present & exhibit work.

We want to support all forms of creative practice whether that’s art & craft, circus, dance, film, music, opera, photography, poetry, puppetry, sculpture, song, storytelling, theatre, or another art form.

Whether you’ve just started out or been around the block more times than you care to admit, we’re here to support you.

Early Careers Club

A space for individuals at the start of their professional journey to come together, network, learn, share experiences and grow. You might have just graduated from a full-time degree or vocational training, perhaps you’ve found another pathway into the industry, or maybe you’ve already started to establish a career in the arts but feel you need additional support. Early Career Club members will get support with CV writing, fundraising, what it means to be freelance, self-assessment tax returns, event management, marketing and navigating the arts industry. Members will be encouraged to create a plan for their own future professional development with our team, and at each meeting members will co-create, design and programme workshops and events as a group to help you develop your practice and next steps into the industry.

You can find further information about the Early Careers Club, including eligibility, here.

Early Careers Club

Creative Commissions 

Small commissions for professional independent creatives and companies at any stage of their careers to develop original work that can reach people living in Somerset.

We offer six small commissions for professional creatives and companies working in any artform to develop innovative ideas that reach and engage Somerset’s residents. With commissions of up to £500 available.

Applications for our 2024-25 commissions will open mid-to-late 2024. Keep your eyes peeled on our socials for announcements.

Artist Commission: Paint the Town project

A Place to Work

We are inviting expressions of interest from local artists and practitioners who make professional non-commercial work, to use of our spaces free of charge, subject to availability.

You can find information about this offer, including eligibility, here. For further information including how to request space, please submit an Expression of Interest.

Studio at Westlands

1:1 Artist Support

Dedicated time with our Arts Engagement & Outreach Officer, Nick White, to talk through your professional, project or company development plans.  Perhaps you need a critical friend on a funding application, some advice on who to speak to about moving your ideas forward or simply a chat about your hopes, dreams & ambitions. Nick is an experienced artistic director, theatre maker, producer, writer, performer and participatory facilitator. He can’t promise to have all the answers, but he will help you try to find them.

If you are an artist looking for support, please contact our Arts Engagement & Outreach Officer, Nick White nick.white@somerset.gov.uk

Performing Artist Support in Somerset 

We have teamed up with several organisations and companies offering Artist Support in Somerset, to give artists a better understanding of and to highlight the resources and opportunities on offer across Somerset.

Together with our colleagues in Somerset who also offer artist support, we’ve produced a downloadable document that signposts the range of resources and opportunities that are available. 

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