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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:

NEWS Williton Hospital | Tuning In Project 

A project that provided an opportunity for patients on Meadow Ward at Williton Community Hospital to share, and record, memories. Over a three month project patients, sta and volunteers worked together to capture some amazing, real life, stories. Patients said that it was important that their stories were heard and shared. Activity Co-ordinator, Kim Neall, said

“we’ve provided future generations with an opportunity to glimpse into the past”.

The recording sessions provided a framework in which patients were able to talk, socialise, and express themselves and, just for a moment, not have their ill-health at the forefront of their mind. To see listen to the stories of those involved click here.

Many thanks to the sta at Williton Community Hospital, in particular: the Activites Co-ordinator, volunteers, Ward Secretary and Ward Sister for helping to facilitate the recording sessions and administer important consent documents. The project would not have been possible without you. Most of all, thanks to the patients who enthusiastically, and sometimes emotionally, told their stories.

A project delivered by Ignite Somerset. Ignite Somerset is managed by Somerset Film and funded by Arts Council England.

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.

From July to August 2018 artist Shannon Watson, recent graduate of Plymouth College of Art, was in residence with us. During which time time she explored the behaviour of water around Somerset and created a physically interactive work that encouraged the audience to consider water from different perspectives. This installation was shown at The Engine Room as part of Somerset Art Works, Somerset Art Weeks.

"It has been a great experience working with Somerset Film at and Richard Tomlinson to develop exciting new digital skills and produce a new piece of work that pushes my practice into interesting, ambitious directions." 

If you didn't get chance to visit the exhibition Shannon has put together a short video to give you a feel for the installation.

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.

May 29 /  June 26 /  July 31

Creative Network with artist Lotte Scott - Facebook Live 

Working with photography, sculpture and drawing, Lotte is interested in processes of transformation and preservation in relation to the waterlogged, intensely managed landscape of the moors. Watch live stream below -


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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