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Ignite | Creative Network


Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 - Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Our popular monthly event provides an opportunity for artists to get together, share inspiration, talk about their work and get collaborative. The main focus of the Network meeting is the Spotlight session, which gives one artist an opportunity to present current and future projects and ideas… and gauge a response to their work and develop ideas amongst other creative practitioners. Subscribe below to our e-bulletins for updates on guest artists.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Free £ 0.00

Film | INTO FILM Festival for Schools


Thursday, Nov 23, 2017 - Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Dates for your diary! We are delighted to once again be part of the national INTO FILM festival. We will be hosting free screenings for schools and home educated children. The film Screenings for Thursday 23rd November are: 10am Ballerina In 1879 Paris, an orphan girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina, takes on another's identity to enrol at a prestigious ballet school 1pm La La Land A sentimental, dreamlike musical which sees two aspiring artists attempt to make it in Hollywood amidst a whirlwind romance. If you would like to receive booking information (Bookings launch n September 7th) please register below.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Advice Session | Business: Raising a Profile


Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 - Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
One-hour one to one sessions with Patricia Marks, trustee of Somerset Film and MD of Somerset Business Agency (SBA). Patricia comes from a background in manufacturing, as well as marketing and people development. She started SBA in order to be able to provide individuals with a high quality service that allows them to explore career paths and business opportunities that help them take the next steps. If you are thinking about becoming a freelancer and developing a profile as a small business or if you have been in business a while and need to look for new markets Patricia can guide you. Once you have registered to attend this session, we will be in touch to arrange a time-slot for you.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Course | Film in a Day


Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 - Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
The best way to learn filmmaking is to make content - but where and how do you start? On this one-day course you will work together to make a short film in a day. You will be introduced to the basic elements of developing an idea, get hands on with cameras and microphones and we’ll take a quick look at some of the editing software available. Plus we’ll signpost you to the next steps and the resources available to help you further your filmmaking.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Concession £ 45.00
Standard £ 65.00

Film Screening | Man with a Movie Camera


Thursday, Nov 2, 2017 - Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Part of Bridgwater Together Week - Looking Back, Looking Forward... A special screening of this classic 1929 Soviet film, directed by Dziga Vertov, regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. Described as 'an exuberant manifesto that 'celebrates the infinite possibilities of what cinema can be.’ followed by a short discussion about the film. Part documentary and part cinematic art, the film follows a city in the 1920s Soviet Union throughout the day, from morning to night. Voted the best documentary ever made "The spirit of punk throbs in this extraordinary silent classic from 1929" The Guardian.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Event | 30 Days that Shook the World


Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 - Time: 7:00pm - 8:45pm

A public meeting to discuss the Russian Revolution and its place in history from a variety of viewpoints.

Part of Bridgwater Together - Looking back and Looking forward: A week of free events celebrating international links and cultural diversity at the Engine Room in Bridgwater

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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Exhibition | Soviet Poster Exhibition


Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 - Saturday, Nov 4, 2017Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
An exhibition to commemorate one of the most significant events in recent world history. Soviet film and general Information Poster | Sourced and curated by Irena Brezowski "My father was Byelorussian and I studied French and Russian at Bristol University. In1984/5 I applied for a scholarship to study the Russian language in Moscow. As it turned out it was one of the most exciting years in Soviet history as Gorbachev came to power. It was the time of Glasnost’- openness and Perestroika- change. The changes in society in from Russia to the Soviet Union may be difficult to comprehend to us in the West. Not only was there the  complete overthrowing of the political system keeping an autocratic Tsar in place, but Russia had also been a feudal country until the middle of the nineteenth century when enlightened aristocrats like Tolstoy allowed their servants ‘freedom’, instead of  serfdom. The Russian Orthodox Church has also played a vital part in Society. The Revolution changed this dramatically. While in Moscow in 1984/5 I took every opportunity to visit the many thriving Bookshops. Reading and learning was and still is very important in Soviet and Russian society. I bought posters regularly and they show different aspects of life- either cultural events – such as the celebration of the centenary of Pushkin’s life, the Russian poet and novelist, or public information posters celebrating the International Youth Games in 1985.Posters and Agit-prop, Communist Party slogans in the streets were a fact of life and I hope that this collection of general information posters will demonstrate this. "  Irena  FREE | Tuesday 31st October - Saturday 4th November | 10am until 4pm daily 
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
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Film | Engine Room Film Club for 9 - 14 year olds


Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 - Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
A film club especially for young people aged  9 - 14 years. This is your chance to watch, discuss and review great films... please note that after the film there will be a 15 minute fun discussion or short activity. The Film we'll be showing is Penelope (2006) A modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with "one who will accept her as one of their own." Membership of the club is free - please note on first attendance a parent, grandparent or carer will be asked to sign a membership form. Doors open 4pm for 4.30pm start. FREE
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Advice Session | Business: Raising a Profile


Friday, Oct 27, 2017 - Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
One-hour one to one sessions with Patricia Marks, trustee of Somerset Film and MD of Somerset Business Agency (SBA). Patricia comes from a background in manufacturing, as well as marketing and people development. She started SBA in order to be able to provide individuals with a high quality service that allows them to explore career paths and business opportunities that help them take the next steps. If you are thinking about becoming a freelancer and developing a profile as a small business or if you have been in business a while and need to look for new markets Patricia can guide you. Once you have registered to attend this session, we will be in touch to arrange a time-slot for you.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Ignite | Game Academy


Monday, Feb 12, 2018 - Friday, Feb 16, 2018Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Make a computer game! Over a 5 day period you will learn how to design computer game sprites, characters and fantastic environments, discover how to programme game events and publish online for the whole world to enjoy!  This is a great opportunity for young people with wild imaginations, stories to tell and an eye for design. No experience of computer programming required. For ages 13 and above.
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Brewhouse Theatre
Coal Orchard
Taunton, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Film | INTO FILM Festival for Schools


Thursday, Nov 9, 2017 - Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Dates for your diary! We are delighted to once again be part of the national INTO FILM festival. We will be hosting free screenings for schools and home educated children. Films to be screened on Thursday 9th November are: 10am The Talented Mr. Ripley (Secondary school title) Unsettling drama about cunning, obsessed Tom Ripley seeking to steal the identity of a wealthy, jazz loving playboy he meets at an italian resort. 1pm Revolting Rhymes (Primary school title) Two half-hour animated films based on the much-loved rhymes written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. Bookings will open on September 7th. Films are usually accompanied by downloadable resources. If you would like to receive booling information then please register below
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Film | Engine Room Film Club for 15 - 19 year olds


Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 - Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
A film club especially for young people aged  15 - 19 years. This is your chance to watch, discuss and review great films... please note that after the film there will be a 15 minute fun discussion or short activity. The Film we'll be showing is Arrival (2016)  When twelve mysterious spacecrafts appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors. Membership of the club is free - please note on first attendance a parent, grandparent or carer will be asked to sign a membership form. Doors open 6pm for 6.30pm start. FREE
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Course | Adobe Lightroom Beginners


Friday, Nov 17, 2017 - Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Award-winning photographer and Engine Room technical manager Alistair Campbell guides you through this essential piece of software for digital photographers. Learn how to organise, process and manage your images.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Standard £ 40.00
Concession £ 25.00

Course | Wordpress.com


Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 - Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Create a free web presence in just a couple of hours. From online diaries to business websites, Wordpress enables you to get online quickly and tell the world about what you’re doing. Basic computer skills required. Please note this course covers wordpress.com the free blogging tool and not wordpress.org
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Standard £ 40.00
Concession £ 25.00

Film | INTO FILM Festival for Schools


Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 - Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Dates for your diary! We are delighted to once again be part of the national INTO FILM festival. We will be hosting free screenings for schools and home educated children. Films for screening on Thursday 16th November are: 10am City of Dreams: A Musical (Primary school title) Musical documentary set in a school in the largest slum in Asia, where children and their teachers sing of their dream for the future. 1pm A Monster Calls (Secondary school title) A boy struggling to cope with his mother's illness finds himself visited by a fantastical monster. Bookings will open on September 7th. Films are usually accompanied by downloadable resources. If you would like to receive booking information then please register below.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Course | BFI Film Academy


Saturday, Jan 6, 2018 - Sunday, Feb 4, 2018Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
We are looking for passionate and committed young people who have a love of film. You don't have to be currently studying media to apply... BFI Film Academy is an 7 day programme, where 25 participants aged 16 - 19 years will get the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of filmmaking through a series of workshops and masterclasses, in which they will get the chance to learn from, and work with, leading industry professionals through our BFI Film Academy programme. As a student on the course expect to: - meet a range of professionals in the industry and to hear invaluable advice based on their experience - create two short films to help you gain skills and challenge your creativity - gain practical skills within a range of filmmaking areas - meet like-minded individuals with a passion for film and start building your filmmaking network - receive further access to exciting opportunities from the BFI, Somerset Film, Pinewood and BAFTA - achieve an Arts Award qualification Course dates: 6/13/20/27/28 Jan and 3 & 4 February 2018 Times: 10am - 5pm daily The cost to participate in the BFI Film Academy delivered by Somerset Film is £25. But if you will struggle to pay the course fee, don’t be put off as you will be able to indicate this once you are accepted on the course and this fee can be waived. Lunch and refreshments will be provided as will all materials/equipment. Bursaries will also be made available if you require assistance with travel, child care or other costs. Please note that unfortunately the Academy is not available for students who are attending university at the time of the course. To apply download an application form, complete it and send it back to us by Monday 18th December. We will notify successful applicants by Wednesday 20th December. We have limited places so please answer the questions on the form as fully as possible as this will help us to decide who will get a place. Make sure you keep the dates in your diary until you hear from us. Send your form via email to Natalie at info@somersetfilm.com or post to The Engine Room, 52, High Street, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 3BL.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 25.00

Exhibition | Stranger


Thursday, Sep 7, 2017 - Saturday, Sep 16, 2017Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
A new exhibition of interactive digital art work will be on display this September at Princess Theatre and Arts Centre in Burnham-on-Sea. Local artists Katherine Ashworth and Daniel Birch have been working with Ignite Somerset to produce a brand new interactive digital work which will be open to the public from 7th - 16th September (except Sunday 10th and Monday 11th). It's FREE to visit so why not have a look?
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The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre
Princess Street
Burnham On Sea, Somerset
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Film screening | INTO FILM CLUB for 9 - 14 year olds


Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 - Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
A film club especially for young people aged  9 - 14 years. This is your chance to watch, discuss and review great films... please note that after the film there will be a 15 minute fun discussion or short activity. The Film we'll be showing is Despicable Me Membership of the club is free - please note on first attendance a parent, grandparent or carer will be asked to sign a membership form. Doors open 4pm for 4.30pm start. FREE
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The Engine Room
52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Film Screening | INTO FILM CLUB for 15 - 19 year olds


Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 - Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
A film club especially for young people aged  15- 19years. This is your chance to watch, discuss and review great films... please note that after the film there will be a 15 minute fun discussion or short activity. The Film we'll be showing is What We Do In The Shadows Membership of the club is free - please note on first attendance a parent, grandparent or carer will be asked to sign a membership form. Doors open 6pm for 6.30pm start. FREE
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The Engine Room
52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Advice Session | Business: Raising a Profile


Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 - Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
One-hour one to one sessions with Toni-Anne Millership, member of Somerset Business Agency (SBA). If you are thinking about becoming a freelancer and developing a profile as a small business or if you have been in business a while and need to look for new markets Toni-Anne can guide you. Once you have registered to attend this session, we will be in touch to arrange a time-slot for you.
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Location

The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Ignite | Creative Network


Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 - Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Our popular monthly event provides an opportunity for artists to get together, share inspiration, talk about their work and get collaborative. The main focus of the Network meeting is the Spotlight session, which gives one artist an opportunity to present current and future projects and ideas… and gauge a response to their work and develop ideas amongst other creative practitioners. Subscribe below to our e-bulletins for updates on guest artists.
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Location

The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Free £ 0.00

Ignite | Creative Network


Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 - Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Our popular monthly event provides an opportunity for artists to get together, share inspiration, talk about their work and get collaborative. The main focus of the Network meeting is the Spotlight session, which gives one artist an opportunity to present current and future projects and ideas… and gauge a response to their work and develop ideas amongst other creative practitioners. Subscribe below to our e-bulletins for updates on guest artists.
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Location

The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Free £ 0.00

Ignite | Creative Network


Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 - Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Our popular monthly event provides an opportunity for artists to get together, share inspiration, talk about their work and get collaborative. The main focus of the Network meeting is the Spotlight session, which gives one artist an opportunity to present current and future projects and ideas… and gauge a response to their work and develop ideas amongst other creative practitioners. Subscribe below to our e-bulletins for updates on guest artists.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Free £ 0.00

Course | Film in a Day


Friday, Sep 15, 2017 - Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
The best way to learn filmmaking is to make content - but where and how do you start? On this one-day course you will work together to make a short film in a day. You will be introduced to the basic elements of developing an idea, get hands on with cameras and microphones and we’ll take a quick look at some of the editing software available. Plus we’ll signpost you to the next steps and the resources available to help you further your filmmaking.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Standard £ 65.00
Concession £ 45.00

Course | Creating Content for Youtube


Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 - Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
If you’re thinking of using Youtube to vlog, present demonstrations, give advice etc then this is for you. We’ll be demonstrating some cheap ways to get started using mobile phones and moving on to using DSLR’s remotely. This session is ideal for beginners. Please note this is not a filmmaking session – we recommend Film in a Day if you are looking for more hands-on experience in that.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Concession £ 25.00
Standard £ 40.00

Course | Digital Photography Beginners


Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 - Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Got a camera and never turned off auto? Understand those buttons and dials and create images you’ll be proud to hang on the wall. Get top tips for portrait photography working with a professional model as your subject. Haven't got a camera - don't worry you can borrow one of ours for the session.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Standard £ 40.00
Concession £ 25.00

Exhibition | Somerset Art Weeks


Sunday, Sep 24, 2017 - Friday, Oct 6, 2017Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
A selection of work from Somerset artists that have collaborated with Ignite, our arts council supported programme passing on digital skills to artists in all artforms. Open 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday. Entry is Free. Booking is not required.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
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NEW DATES Lens Captains | Filmmaking Club


Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017 - Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Our after-school filmmaking club for young people aged 10 – 14 years to discover more about filmmaking. Each week we’ll have fun making and watching film! No previous experience required, just a sense of adventure and imagination. Cost: £30 for six sessions Dates: November 7 / 14 / 21 / 28 / Dec 5 / 12
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

Course Fee £ 30.00

Advice Session | Business: Raising a Profile


Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017 - Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
One-hour one to one sessions with Toni-Anne Millership, member of Somerset Business Agency (SBA). If you are thinking about becoming a freelancer and developing a profile as a small business or if you have been in business a while and need to look for new markets Toni-Anne can guide you. Once you have registered to attend this session, we will be in touch to arrange a time-slot for you.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Event | The Bridgwater Czech-Slovak connection


Monday, Oct 30, 2017 - Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

In 1992 Bridgwater became the first British town to twin with a Czechoslovakian town after the Velvet Revolution in that country brought about the end of Communism.  For this event Cllr Brian Smedley & Liverpool historian John Martin will talk about the historic events that connect Britain and Bridgwater to the Czech and Slovak Republics. This event is part of Bridgwater Together Week - Looking Back, Looking Forward

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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Advice Session | Film Production


Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017 - Time: 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Have you got an idea for a film but just don’t know how to take it forward? Is your film in post-production and you need to put it in front of audiences? Whatever your stage of production you can now book a FREE one-hour advice session with producers Deb Richardson and/or Phil Shepherd.  Register your interest below and we will be in touch to arrange a time between 2pm and 7pm.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Film | Oberhausen Artist Film


Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 - Time: 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Oberhausen Film festival is among the "25 coolest film festivals in the world" and each year receives around 5,000 entries from about 90 countries. For the last ten years they have toured a selection of the winning films as well material from their archive. To mark Somerset Art Weeks, this evening’s programme features work from the ‘Artist’s Film’ category and the artists: Retrospective Dir Salla Tykkä/FI 2016/16 mins/Finnish wEng ST To Move Mountains Dir Mohau Modisakeng/ZA 2015/ 4 mins/No dialogue JUS SOLI Dir Somebody Nobody/GB 2015/16 mins 489 Years Dir Hayoun Kwon/FR 2016/ 12 mins/Korean wEng ST Sites Dir Volker Schreiner/ DE 2015/ 9 mins/No dialogue Four Edges of Pyramiden Dir Ieva Epnere/LV 2015/20 mins/ Russian wEng ST Certificate: 15+ "These six works between Black Box and White Cube present very special personal perspectives on expansiveness, landscape and memory while making use of quite unusual aesthetics and techniques. Some of the filmmakers and artists represented have already shown their works successfully in galleries and art exhibitions all over the world, including at the Venice Biennale. Overall, this set of works, some of them award-winning, give viewers an impression of the current state of international media art. The programme also impressively demonstrates how Oberhausen has long since “positioned itself at the intersection to the visual arts, moving incrementally to the arts side” (Frankfurter Rundschau, May 2016).
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

FREE £ 0.00

Advice Session | Film Production


Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 - Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Have you got an idea for a film but just don’t know how to take it forward? Is your film in post-production and you need to put it in front of audiences? Whatever your stage of production you can now book a FREE one-hour advice session with producers Deb Richardson and/or Phil Shepherd.  Register your interest below and we will be in touch to arrange a time between 10am and 1pm.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Event | Junction


Thursday, Oct 19, 2017 - Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Open to all - An informal screening and networking event, for those who make or enjoy film. Let people know about your latest film project, find creative collaborators or get feedback on work in progress. If you have a short film you’d like screened then let us know. Refreshments are available during the evening including wine and nibbles! Donations welcome.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Course | BFI Film Academy


Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 - Friday, Oct 27, 2017Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

BFI Film Academy – for young aspiring filmmakers

Developing the next generation of filmmaking talent.... APPLY NOW!  We are looking for passionate and committed young people who have a love of film. You don't have to be currently studying media to apply... BFI Film Academy is an 8 day programme, where participants aged 16 - 19 years get to take part in masterclasses from industry professionals, watch and discuss British and world cinema, make two short films and receive career signposting. Participants also work towards a Bronze or Silver Arts Award. Course dates: 7th / 14th / 21st / 23rd to 27th October 2017 Times: 10am - 5pm daily The cost to participate in the BFI Film Academy delivered by Somerset Film is£25. But if you will struggle to pay the course fee, don’t be put off as you will be able to indicate this once you are accepted on the course and this fee can be waived. Lunch and refreshments will be provided as will all materials/equipment. Bursaries will also be made available if you require assistance with travel, child care or other costs. Please note that unfortunately the Academy is not available for students who are attending university at the time of the course. To apply download an application form, complete it and send it back to us by Monday 18th September 2017. We will notify successful applicants by Wednesday 20th September 2017. We have limited places so please answer the questions on the form as fully as possible as this will help us to decide who will get a place. Make sure you keep the dates in your diary until you hear from us. Send your form via email to Natalie at info@somersetfilm.com or post to The Engine Room, 52, High Street, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 3BL.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
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Film | INTO FILM CLUB for 9 - 14 year olds


Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 - Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
A film club especially for young people aged  9 - 14 years. This is your chance to watch, discuss and review great films... please note that after the film there will be a 15 minute fun discussion or short activity. The Film we'll be showing is HOCUS POCUS Membership of the club is free - please note on first attendance a parent, grandparent or carer will be asked to sign a membership form. Doors open 4pm for 4.30pm start. FREE
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
Event Fees:

£ 0.00

Film | All the People Artist Film


Thursday, Sep 28, 2017 - Sunday, Oct 1, 2017Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm

A programme of films by artists Ben Rivers, Luke Fowler, Sarah Miles and Adam Chodzko, curated by Josephine Lanyon

Somerset Art Works in partnership with Somerset Film are pleased to present All the People, a film programme featuring four short films by artists Ben Rivers, Luke Fowler, Sarah Miles and Adam Chodzko. Curated by Josephine Lanyon, the programme will tour to Roxy Cinema, Axbridge, Strode Theatre, Street and Cinema Obscura, Wiveliscombe during Somerset Art Weeks 28 September to 1 October 2017. Each screening will be introduced by the curator and followed by a Q & A session with one of the artists.

Ben Rivers, Origin of the Species, 2008 (16 mins) Luke Fowler, Depositions, 2014 (24 mins 32 secs) Sarah Miles, Magnificent Ray, 2000 (23 mins) Adam Chodzko, The Pickers, 2009 (17 mins, 52 secs) In this beautifully absorbing programme, we find people casting their futures by re-imagining Britain’s rural past. The title is drawn from the county’s fiercely independent 1911 motto ‘all the people of Somerset’ and gathers powerful stories of creative culture, agricultural work and scientific investigations from the hinterlands. The democratically produced films show how identities are formed through labour, love and learning in the landscape. The programme’s collection of insurgent voices  is inspired by Mark von Schlegel science fiction writings commissioned as part of Ben Rivers film Slow Action. Von Schlegel described Somerset as ‘distinguished by its fervent political culture’ and ‘revolutionary principles (that) extend into visual arts and music’. In each work the film-maker is a quiet presence alongside the people and places. The films are thus a fusion of subject and landscape, fact and fiction, live action and archival material. The programme, hopes to speak to all the people; past, present and future. We start our journey with Ben Rivers, who was born in Somerset, his film Origin of the Species, (2008) focusses on one man’s life pondering Charles Darwin. “I don’t know what’s going to happen … I can’t see the world surviving, unless there’s some awful disease or something wipes man out.” Shot on an acre of land in Scotland, our mind wanders through 3.8 billion years of human existence on planet earth whilst our eye is focussed on a waft of smoke and an adventurous beetle. Rivers will participate in the Q & A at Roxy Cinema, Axbridge on Thursday 28 September. Luke Fowler’s Depositions, (2014) explores the role of the Highland traveller in Gaelic Highland history and culture. The visual essay challenges documentary facts with religious beliefs and science fictions and incorporates tantalising images of the elements: fire, water and air. The film combines archival footage from the Isle of Barra with new footage and interviews to re-tell dignified life stories from a contemporary perspective. Sarah Miles returned to her childhood towns of Bridport and Portland in West Dorset to make Magnificent Ray, (2000). The work re-casts the landscape as a backdrop for a wild west dream movie. The rolling fields, abandoned buildings and fairgrounds are charged with teenage sexual tension. Miles draws on personal memories, potent sound tracks, feature film archives and local girls to frame our rural heroine. Miles will participate in the Q & A at Cinema Obscura, Wiveliscombe Primary School on Sunday 1 October. Adam Chodzko’s, The Pickers, (2009) involves a group of Romanian migrant workers at a strawberry farm in Kent. At the beginning of the film the labourers are pictured in a hydroponic hi-tech environment but by the end we understand the subjects are also the authors of the film. As the individuals edit footage from a 20th century film archive of British migrant hop pickers they reflect on what it would mean for British migrant workers to come to Romania. Chodzko will participate in the Q & A at Strode Theatre on Friday 29 September.
All The People is curated by Josephine Lanyon, commissioned by Somerset Art Works and working in partnership with Somerset Film, supported by Lottery Funding from Arts Council England.
Screening Information: THUR 28 September (Q&A with Ben Rivers) 7.30 – 9.30pm (doors open at 7pm) Roxy Cinema, 36 High Street, Axbridge, BS26 2AF Ticket: £5 Box Office: 07725 051523 Book online: https://allthepeopleroxycinema.eventbrite.co.uk FRI 29 September (Q&A with Adam Chodzko) 7.30 – 9.30pm, Strode Theatre, Church Road, Street, Somerset, BA16 OAB Ticket: £8/£7 concessions Box office: 01458 442846 Book online: http://www.strodetheatre.org.uk/whats-on/view/all-the-people/ SUN 1 October (Q&A with Sarah Miles) 7.30 – 9.30pm, (doors open at 7pm) Cinema Obscura, Wiveliscombe Primary School New Hall, North Street, Wiveliscombe TA4 2LA Ticket: £5 Box Office 01984 624657 Book online: allthepeople.eventbrite.co.uk About the artists Ben Rivers (born 1972) is an artist and experimental filmmaker based in London. He studied at Yeovil College, Somerset and Falmouth University. His films are enclosed spaces or hermetic worlds featuring people living on the edges of or differently to modernity. In 2010 Rivers received the Paul Hamlin Award for Artsts and was shortlisted for the Jarman Award. In 2013 Rivers produced The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers with ArtAngel. In 2017 Camden Arts Centre, Kunstverein in Hamburg, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago and La Triennale di Milano published Ben Rivers: Ways of Worldmaking. Adam Chodzko (born 1965) is an artist who works with video, installation, photography, drawing, and performance who lives and works in Whitstable, Kent. He graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in the History of Art and completed an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London. Chodzko’s artworks explore the interactions and possibilities of human behaviour. In 2002, Chodzko received awards from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, and in 2007 was awarded an AHRC Creative Research Fellowship in the Film Department at the University of Kent, Canterbury. In 2015 Chodzko was shortlisted for the Jarman Award. Luke Fowler (born 1978) is an artist, filmmaker, and musician based in Glasgow. He studied printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. He creates cinematic collages that have often been linked to the British Free Cinema movement of the 1950s. His documentary films have explored counter cultural figures including Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing and English composer Cornelius Cardew. Fowler was awarded the inaugural Derek Jarman Award in 2008 and he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2012. Sarah Miles (born 1959) has been making experimental artist films for thirty years, appropriating found footage and creating staged scenarios informed by cultural references across analogue and digital formats. Her films are preoccupied with the representation of memory, sensitively investigating narratives, film history and popular culture to explore the complexities of lived experience and desire. About the Curator Josephine Lanyon (born 1970) is a curator, writer and producer based in Bristol. She studied Art History at the University of East Anglia and Visual Culture at Bath Spa University College. She was the Director of Picture This in Bristol for ten years up until 2009 and produced works such as Dawn Chorus, Marcus Coates; Rosalind Nashashibi,Bachelor Machines; Emily Wardill, Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck and Ben Rivers, Slow Action. In 2016 Lanyon curated Daphne Wright: Emotional Archaeology for Arnolfini, Bristol, National Trust, Tyntesfield and RHA, Dublin. She is currently working with Johanna Billing on a Public Art Commission for Bristol Grammar School and on an Artists Film and Video Development Plan with Somerset Art Works and Somerset Film.
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Film Screening | INTO FILM CLUB for 15 - 19 year olds


Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 - Time: 6:30pm - 8:45pm
A film club especially for young people aged  15 - 19 years. This is your chance to watch, discuss and review great films... please note that after the film there will be a 15 minute fun discussion or short activity. The Film we'll be showing is SHAUN OF THE DEAD Membership of the club is free - please note on first attendance a parent, grandparent or carer will be asked to sign a membership form. Doors open 6pm for 6.30pm start. FREE
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Event | Bridgwater Together


Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 - Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm
A day of celebration for Bridgwater families...come and enjoy a programme of activities, share stories and learn from each other in a friendly environment. The FREE programme features international music, art, food, dance, storytelling, film, personal experiences and games including: The music of Michal 'BARON' Baran Avtar Indian Dance Somerset Films from Polish Voice Human Book sessions Voice of the People Patrycja Oledzka and Andrzej Gonzo / Taunton Polish Association Todor Enchev PhD Archaeology One studio will be devoted to fun activities for children and families, while next door there will be a programme of performances, discussions and presentations involving individuals and groups from many nations. Bring food and snacks to share. Entry is FREE and there is no need to book. Bridgwater Together is supported by Bridgwater Internaitonal, Bridgwater Town Council, Bridgwater Trades Unions Council, Tuga Productions, Somerset Community Council, Somerset Film, Unite the Union, Christ Church Unitarian Chapel and local churches.
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Film Screening | DepicT! 2016


Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 - Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DepicT! is Watershed’s international short film competition that, since its creation by Brief Encounters (Bristol) in 1998, has been challenging filmmakers to create 90 second ultra-short masterpieces. The focus is on uncovering emerging international filmmaking talent, which shows originality, imagination and the ability to engage in just a minute and a half. All the shortlisted DepicT! films are screened at the extremely popular (and consistently sold out) DepicT! showcase, where the winners are announced in front of the audience. Winning films have regularly gone on to be screened at other international film festivals and cinemas across the UK and regularly get picked up by commercial distributors while many of the DepicT! filmmakers have gone on to carve themselves successful creative careers in the film industry and beyond. This screening features some of the winning and short-listed films from 2016.
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Course | Digital Photography Beginners


Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 - Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Got a camera and never turned off auto? Understand those buttons and dials and create images you’ll be proud to hang on the wall. Get top tips for portrait photography working with a professional model as your subject. Haven't got a camera - don't worry you can borrow one of ours for the session.
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Standard £ 40.00
Concession £ 25.00

Advice Session | Film Production


Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 - Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Have you got an idea for a film but just don’t know how to take it forward? Is your film in post-production and you need to put it in front of audiences? Whatever your stage of production you can now book a FREE one-hour advice session with producers Deb Richardson and/or Phil Shepherd.  Register your interest below and we will be in touch to arrange a time between 10am and 1pm.
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Event | Junction - Festive Networking and Films


Thursday, Dec 21, 2017 - Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Open to all - An informal screening and networking event, for those who make or enjoy film. Let people know about your latest film project, find creative collaborators, get feedback on work in progress and spread a little festive cheer. If you have a short film you’d like screened then let us know. Cost | Free
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Activity | Minecraft Battle Festive Edition


Saturday, Dec 23, 2017 - Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Kick off the Festive holiday with a bit of pixel creativity in our Minecraft Battle for 7 - 13 years olds. You'll be given just ten minutes to build something and impress our judges. The winner and runner up from each round will then go head to head in the final. Plus scavenger hunts competitions. When you're not battling it out take part in one of our creative activities. Come in Fancy Dress - there will be a prize for 'Best Dressed'! Please note children must be accompanied by a parent / carer. Parents/carers can watch it all unfold from the sanctuary of our cafe...
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Entry Fee £ 5.00

Course | Adobe Lightroom Beginners


Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 - Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Award-winning photographer and Engine Room technical manager Alistair Campbell guides you through this essential piece of software for digital photographers. Learn how to organise, process and manage your images.
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Standard £ 40.00
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Course | Film in a Day


Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 - Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
The best way to learn filmmaking is to make content - but where and how do you start? On this one-day course you will work together to make a short film in a day. You will be introduced to the basic elements of developing an idea, get hands on with cameras and microphones and we’ll take a quick look at some of the editing software available. Plus we’ll signpost you to the next steps and the resources available to help you further your filmmaking.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
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Standard £ 65.00
Concession £ 45.00

Advice Session | Film Production


Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 - Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Have you got an idea for a film but just don’t know how to take it forward? Is your film in post-production and you need to put it in front of audiences? Whatever your stage of production you can now book a FREE one-hour advice session with producers Deb Richardson and/or Phil Shepherd.  Register your interest below and we will be in touch to arrange a time between 10am and 1pm.
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Pop-Up Engine Room | Castle Cary


Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 - Monday, Jan 29, 2018Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Let us help you get creative! We aim to offer some of the regular activities held at the Engine Room to as many people across Somerset as we can. We will be taking up temporary residence in Castle Cary from 24 - 29 January 2018. Register your interest below and we will send you further details as venues and activities are identified. If you are a member of a group based in Castle Cary then get in touch - we'd love to find a way to work with you whilst we are there. We'll be updating this diary entry too with further details as we have them.
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Activity | Short Breaks: Lights, Camera, Action!


Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 - Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
A 6 week course offering the chance for children and young people with disabilities to watch great short films, get hands on with filming, create sound effects and invite their friends and family to see what they have learnt and created! Tuesdays from 5.00-6.30pm Tuesday 23 | 30 January 6 | 20 | 27 February 6 March 2018 For 9-15 years Cost: £30 pp for the 6 week course This activity is financially supported by Somerset County Council through the Short Breaks team - they provide an opportunity for disabled children to spend time away from their carers, try out new things, have fun and make new friends. Short breaks can also provide families with a chance to do ordinary things together. Find out more about Short Breaks here short-breaks-1_1
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The Engine Room
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£ 30.00

Film | Engine Room Film Club for 15 - 19 year olds


Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 - Time: 6:30pm - 8:45pm
A film club especially for young people aged  15 - 19 years. This is your chance to watch, discuss and review great films... please note that after the film there will be a 15 minute fun discussion or short activity. The Film we'll be showing has yet to be decided (come to the screening on November 29th  to choose which film will be shown). Membership of the club is free - please note on first attendance a parent, grandparent or carer will be asked to sign a membership form. Doors open 6pm for 6.30pm start. FREE
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Film | Engine Room Film Club for 9 - 14 year olds


Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 - Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
A film club especially for young people aged  9 - 14 years. This is your chance to watch, discuss and review great films... please note that after the film there will be a 15 minute fun discussion or short activity. The Film we'll be showing has yet to be decided (come to the screening on November 29th  to choose which film will be shown). Membership of the club is free - please note on first attendance a parent, grandparent or carer will be asked to sign a membership form. Doors open 4pm for 4.30pm start. FREE
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
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£ 0.00

Ignite | Creative Network


Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 - Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Our popular monthly event provides an opportunity for artists to get together, share inspiration, talk about their work and get collaborative. The main focus of the Network meeting is the Spotlight session, which gives one artist an opportunity to present current and future projects and ideas… and gauge a response to their work and develop ideas amongst other creative practitioners. Subscribe below to our e-bulletins for updates on guest artists.
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The Engine Room
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Free £ 0.00

Advice Session | Film Production


Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018 - Time: 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Have you got an idea for a film but just don’t know how to take it forward? Is your film in post-production and you need to put it in front of audiences? Whatever your stage of production you can now book a FREE one-hour advice session with producers Deb Richardson and/or Phil Shepherd.  Register your interest below and we will be in touch to arrange a time between 2pm and 7pm.
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
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Family Connections | Shadow Puppet Theatre


Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 - Time: 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Create a shadow puppet theatre show with storyteller Frances Harrison… Watch one we made before here… This activity is ideal for children aged 6 - 10 years. No previous experience needed.Please note that to participate a child must be accompanied by a parent/carer and vice versa. Family Connections is our award-winning family learning strand...
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
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£ 5.00

Family Connections | Swede 'Pirates of the Caribbean'


Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 - Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
To 'swede' a film means to re-create a trailer, scene, or movie with untrained actors and low-budget props. Join us as we recreate as many1370586.Family-Connections-Logo moments, lines and scenes from The Pirates of the Caribbean as we can in this short, fast and fun session. You can watch one we've made previously at a public event here... This activity is ideal for children aged 8 - 13 years. No previous experience needed.Please note that to participate a child must be accompanied by a parent/carer and vice versa. Family Connections is our award-winning family learning strand...
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
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£ 5.00

Film | Engine Room Film Club for 9 - 14 year olds


Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 - Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
A film club especially for young people aged  9 - 14 years. This is your chance to watch, discuss and review great films... please note that after the film there will be a 15 minute fun discussion or short activity. The Film we'll be showing has yet to be decided (come to the screening on January 31st  to choose which film will be shown). Membership of the club is free - please note on first attendance a parent, grandparent or carer will be asked to sign a membership form. Doors open 4pm for 4.30pm start. FREE
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
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£ 0.00

Film | Engine Room Film Club for 15 - 19 year olds


Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 - Time: 6:30pm - 8:45pm
A film club especially for young people aged  15 - 19 years. This is your chance to watch, discuss and review great films... please note that after the film there will be a 15 minute fun discussion or short activity. The Film we'll be showing has yet to be decided (come to the screening on January 31st  to choose which film will be shown). Membership of the club is free - please note on first attendance a parent, grandparent or carer will be asked to sign a membership form. Doors open 6pm for 6.30pm start. FREE
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The Engine Room
50-52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset
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£ 0.00

Ignite | Creative Network


Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 - Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Our popular monthly event provides an opportunity for artists to get together, share inspiration, talk about their work and get collaborative. The main focus of the Network meeting is the Spotlight session, which gives one artist an opportunity to present current and future projects and ideas… and gauge a response to their work and develop ideas amongst other creative practitioners. Subscribe below to our e-bulletins for updates on guest artists.
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The Engine Room
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Free £ 0.00

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