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 six successful years of passing on digital skills to artists we're delighted to announce a new programme of delivery from April 2018, thanks to support from Arts Council England.

We will be focussing the support we can offer in key areas (see below) and providing opportunities for the wider public. From September we will be working with older people to explore digital technology and create an interactive work, whilst in March 2019 we will be providing an Art Academy week for young people on work experience with us:

Shannon Watson -  Somerset Film Artist in Residence 2018

This residency was designed by Somerset Film to provide an opportunity for a recent graduate to explore the creative potential of digital technology at their base, The Engine Room in Bridgwater, Somerset.

Through social engagement, Shannon Watson uses her work as a platform to facilitate discussions around social situations. The result of this is often performative. From swimming lessons at the Tate, to a collaborative project with Imperfect Orchestra, in her work the viewer becomes a performer, a fluid position to be explored.

Open Studios, organised by Somerset Art Works, will showcase the results of Shannon's research and development inspired by her time at Somerset Film:

17 - 28 September FREE

Open 10am - 4pm Mon - Friday

Creative Network

Wednesdays | 5 - 7pm Free Entry                                     

Network with other artists or watch our guest speaker via Facebook live on the last Wednesday of every month (Excl. December). This event is forum for artists to share their ideas and work.

Sept 26 | October 31 | November 28 | January 30 | February 27 | March 27



Qualifying Somerset-based artists from any artform can now apply for a FREE three 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.


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