Ignite-Somerset-LogoIgnite Somerset

The way we make, distribute, receive and exchange art is radically changing through the power of digital technology.

Ignite Somerset is dedicated to enabling arts makers and audiences in Somerset to harness the new opportunities afforded through digital technology to create and experience greater artistic excellence and innovation.

After three successful years of passing on digital skills to artists we're delighted to announce a new programme of delivery from April 2015. We will be focussing the support we can offer in key areas and offering opportunities for exhibiting and collaboration PLUS:

Arts Lab

Produce interactive digital art for public spaces

8 – 12 Feb | at The Engine Room - New Arts Labs Dates Soon!

An opportunity for artists to produce site-specific digital art for public spaces. A five-day opportunity for a group of artists to plan, develop and create a digitally interactive public artwork. We will explore a range of multimedia ideas including: recording and amplifying sound, projected images and interactivity. We will be exploring creative potential of the ‘Arduino’ in the hands of creative artists.

We will showcase the results of the Arts lab in public spaces in Somerset, starting in Wincanton in March

Artists on the Map

Sign up to this online resource, which aims to provide an insight to the community of Somerset artists. This resource has been Designed to demonstrate the richness and diversity of artistic practice in Somerset. Visit ignitesomerset.com/artmap/county

Art on the Radio

We broadcast a one hour radio show each week dedicated to Somerset artists. To date Ignite has broadcast interviews with artist Michael Fairfax, author Alison Brown and performance poet Thommie Gillow amongst others. We are regularly scheduling content for forthcoming shows and are interested in hearing from artists who would like to get involved. We are also keen to hear from artists who want to explore the potential of radio as a means of broadcasting sound-art.

Get involved, get in touch… We broadcast every Thursday 5.30 - 6.30pm on 105.3FM and at 10radio.org

Carnival 2016

Ignite has collaborated with artist Sue Webber to produce a promenade artwork for carnival processions in Bridgwater, Glastonbury, Taunton and Chard. The piece continues our experiments with the creative potential of projected artwork. So, look out for some amazing and imaginative projected artwork within this year’s processions.

Creative Network

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.


IgniteSomerset.com is a new digital gallery for Somerset and launches at the beginning of May. If you would like to create new work for this space or would like to experiment in it, then get in touch.

We aim to have a distinctive online gallery, which engages visitors with work… and encourages them to create their own too!


Qualifying Somerset-based artists from any artform can now apply for a FREE four hour, one-to-one surgery for advice and support with the aim of bringing a digital element to your current practice or planned work. This includes artists who have previously accessed Ignite support and who are making work with and for young people or communities in rural areas OR recent graduates (graduated from a degree course within the last 18 months). Please note: surgeries are not a replacement for training courses.

To apply for a surgery click here.

Please note terms and conditions apply - click here to read.

Art Academy for 16 - 19 year olds

New initiative to support creative young talent in Somerset, funded by Arts Council England. Take a look at these free exciting courses for 16-19 year olds…

Take a look in our latest brochure to find out what courses are coming up!


Training Programme

A broad programme of paid-for training designed specifically for amateur, emerging and professional artists from all artforms. There are some subsidised places for recent graduates (**from a degree course within the last 18 months) available.

ALL courses take place at The Engine Room unless noted | 10am - 4pm
Cost: £140 (£80 **recent graduates) Contact [email protected] to find out more.

Film-making for Artists

A hands-on workshop exploring camera, sound and lighting.

Stop Motion Animation for Artists

Explore drawn, 2D and clay animation.

Motion Graphics using After Effects Primarily used by editors to create motion graphics and visual effects. Discover how you can use this creative software to animate and layer media in 2D and 3D space.

To enquire about dates for these and other courses that may not be included here - please get in touch.