artist in residence 2021

Somerset Film want to offer a Somerset based artist an exciting opportunity to work as Artist in Residence at The Engine Room in Bridgwater from mid June to mid Sept 2021. This is an opportunity for artists working in any medium including: visual arts, performance, dance, music, sound art and the written word. We’re interested to see how the artist merges digital ideas with their existing practice. We want the artist to create a piece of digital art on the theme of the natural environment, climate action and/or climate justice.

In 2019 we responded to ongoing environmental concerns, declaring a Climate Emergency and exploring this thematically through our programme. Our ongoing aim is to make our environmental action plan as embedded as our approach to tackling isolation and addressing diversity. We aim to reduce our carbon footprint whilst increasing our reach and impact, and use our strengths in storytelling and community engagement to enable others to explore this issue and do the same.

Who we’re looking for

  • A Somerset based artist (an artist living and/or working in the county of Somerset, i.e the districts of: Mendip, Sedgemoor, Taunton/West Somerset and South Somerset), aged 18+, who wants to develop their practice in the county of Somerset.
  • An artist with a demonstrable practice and body of work.
  • An artist working in any medium who would like to explore the creative potential of digital technology.
  • An artist who would like to produce a new digital artwork for a showcase event (Somerset Open Studios) at The Engine Room in September (18th Sept – 3rd Oct).
  • An artist with Public Liability Insurance.

We particularly welcome applications from emerging  (undergraduates and recent graduates), disabled and ethnically diverse artists.


  • The artist will produce a tangible artwork that exploits creative digital technology, the work could be in the form of, for example: a physical installation, an online work, an exhibition, sound art or a live performance.
  • Over the course of the residency the artist will keep a log that documents their creative journey. This diary could be in the form of, for example: a blog, a video documentary, a photo diary or audio diary.
  • The artist will present their project at three Creative Networks. The Creative Network is an informal event for artists to get together and share ideas and inspiration. The event takes place at The Engine Room on the last Wednesday of each month, the dates at which the Artist in Residence will attend the Creative Network are: June 30th, July 28th and Aug 25th.
  • The artist is expected to share artwork developed on the residency at The Engine Room for Somerset Art Weeks in September.

Benefits to the artist

  • Somerset Film will pay the Artist in Residence a fee of £1,000 plus an additional £200 for materials.
  • The artist will be able to access, through negotiation with the team at Somerset Film, facilities at The Engine Room during the course of the residency. Our facilities include: Mac computers and a range of media production software, DSLRs, professional microphones, film and photography lighting, audio equipment and studio space.
  • Over the course of the residency the artist will benefit from up to twelve days support from the Ignite Somerset Creative Technologist. This support can cover, for example: ideas development, technical production assistance, video/sound editing, curatorial support.
  • If the artist is not already a member of SAW they will be given 12 months membership.

How to apply

Please prepare an outline proposal that describes your current practice and how you intend to use this opportunity (no more than 500 words), accompanied by a CV and three images that demonstrate your work, include links to any examples of your work online.

Send your proposal to by midday May 31st.

If you’re invited to an interview you will be required to show evidence of your work in the form of, for example: a portfolio, photographs or video.

If you require more information please contact