Thursday, 6 August 2009

Thrive Somerset

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Saturday, 22 December 2007

Visual Arts Questionnaire

Please complete the Thrive Visual Arts questionnaire. Click on the following link:

You can either:

Save the document to your computer, fill it in electronically and return as an attachment to an email.


View the document online, print it out, fill in by hand and return by post.

Thanks, Tim, Carol and Phil

Carol and Alessio, Gasworks, London. Nov07

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Audit of Visual Arts and Media in Somerset

A consortium of visual arts and media providers from across Somerset are currently putting togetrher an audit of existing facilities and provision in the county. This is an opportunity for everyone who is interested - whether individuals or representatives of organisations - to have a say about how future provision can be shaped to maximise benefit to all.

Thw consortium partners are Black Swan Gallery, Brewhouse Visual Arts, Somerset Art Week and Somerset Film. We will shortly be widely distributing a questionnaire which we would very much like you to complete - and return to us by the deadline of 14 January. For an email or hard copy of the questionnaire please contact

Sunday, 22 July 2007

Curatorial Opportunities


Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong 30 October – 7 November

Arts Council England South West is funding a visit to China this coming autumn through Curatorial Network. Nine curators will be subsidised to visit galleries, curators and artists in Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

The visit will co-incide with the opening of the Ullens Collection in Beijing and offer curators an excellent opportunity for networking. Flying from London to Beijing he group will visit key spaces and individuals in the Chinese artworld before travelling by air to Guangzhou on 2 November. In Guangzhou the group will visit the Guangdong Museum, home of the Guangzhou Triennale along with independent curators and artists. The visit will end in Hong Kong where the group will visit independent spaces before the return overnight flight to London on 6 November.

Outward: Heathrow 30 October at 13:05 arrives Beijing 31 October 07.05. Homebound: Hong Kong 6 November 23:25 arrives London on 7th at 7.05.

All successful applicants will be required to attend THE FAR WEST seminar at the Arrnolfini on 26 October 11:00-18.00 with Claire Bishop, Jeremy Deller, Lu Jie and Zhang Wei.

Due to the high cost of the visit (£1700 per person) we will be asking for a maximum contribution from individual of: £400 for those applying who are salaried and £200 from freelancers. Costs included are international flights, accommodation, translator, all internal transportation including coach hire. Additional costs to be covered by individuals are subsistence and visa (£15). To obtain a visa your passport must be valid for a full six months following the date of the visit (eg. valid until 7 May 2008).

Curatorial Network is now inviting applications from curators in the South West who would like to go on this visit

To apply for a place please :

• Outline your reasons for wishing to travel to China in no more than 500 words.
• Provide a current CV
• Clearly mark your application letter with your name, address and organisation you work for. We will welcome applications from independent curators who are self-employed.
• Deadline for applications:12 noon 20 August 2007
• Successful applicants will be notified by 6 September

Criteria for selection

The ambition for Curatorial Network is to create opportunity to stimulate collaborative working practice and peer support amongst curators across the South West region and to raise the quality of curatorial practice. To this end:

• A convincing reason to attend to China

• Candidates that show a willingness to share knowledge and network across the region

• Priority will be given to curators who have had little previous access to professional development programmes and little opportunity to travel overseas.

• Support for curators working independently, without the ability to call upon organisational resources and limited peer support.

Other issues:

Depending on quality of application we will aim at a spread of places allotted across the region.

Ideally the group would comprise curators who have some international experience and network and those who are at an earlier stage in their careers. It is hoped that younger curators will learn from those with a little more experience and confidence.

Selection process

Please send or email your applications to: ArtProjects and Solutions
Former All Saints Church
Somerset TA3 5SG

Applications will be assessed by representatives of: ACE SW,, ArtProjects and Solutions and one independent selector. 9 places are to be offered.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon on 20 August 2007
Selection: by 1 September 2007
Notification: by 6 Sepetember 2007
Opportunity for group to meet: 26 October 2007

Friday, 5 January 2007

Somerset Arts Organisations Awarded Major Funding

A pioneering two-year project, created by a number of key Somerset arts organisations, has been awarded a grant by Arts Council England (ACE).

The sixteen organisations from Somerset Arts Promoters (SAP), a network of diverse professional organisations delivering quality arts and media across Somerset, were awarded the grant for a range of collaborative projects. These projects are designed to promote excellence, learning and participation in the arts as part of the Arts Council’s Thrive programme, a nationwide search for groundbreaking initiatives.

This exciting one-off investment is to be spent on joint projects that explore new ways for the organisations to work together and cannot be spent on existing programmes or buildings. The award shows ACE confidence in the current work being done in Somerset and in the county’s potential to become a leader in developing and delivering a truly accessible arts programme.

Nick Capaldi, Arts Council England, South West Executive Director said:

“The Arts Council is delighted to be supporting this project. Our grant will allow the county's theatre promoters, arts centres, galleries and community arts and media organisations to find new ways to bring the arts into the lives of people in Somerset, reflecting the way people live in the 21st Century. With the continued support of our Local Authority colleagues we will be supporting Somerset Arts Promoters to transform the arts in Somerset.”

The Somerset Thrive project has been borne out of a shared passion to provide the best possible arts experiences for the people of Somerset, as well as more opportunities for artists. Over a two-year period, the organisations involved will be collaborating with some of the most successful and exciting people working in the arts nationally, on projects that will completely re-think how to use people, buildings and organisations to ensure the most is made of resources. At the end of this project a blueprint for a new way to work together will hopefully have been developed that will effectively deliver quality arts across the county.

The importance of culture as a major economic driver is increasingly being recognised; already in Somerset the creative industries, which inlcudes the arts sector, generates £345m turnover annually. As well as any potential economic impact, this project will enable Somerset to place culture in the heart of the community. The arts can have the power to change lives; Somerset Thrive aims to bring about the best possible conditions for this transformation to happen for people in the county, by giving more access to a rich and varied artistic and cultural life.

Robert Miles, Director of The Brewhouse in Taunton said:

“We are thrilled that this one-off investment is a huge vote of confidence in Somerset’s potential to work together to extend the opportunity for people to enjoy and participate in arts and media in a predominantly rural area. These are exciting times. ”