Issued on behalf of Somerset Film.

Young creatives in Somerset are being invited to submit their ideas for a new digital art commission.

The charity, Somerset Film, with the support of Arts Council England, are offering the opportunity for an artist under 20, to receive a fee and access to materials to help them realise a new work of art.

Creative Director at Somerset Film, Deb Richardson explained:

We’re really interested in work that is inspired by or reflects life in Somerset or that explores the Climate Crisis, and by digital art we mean any creative work that uses digital technology either as part of the making process, or how the work is presented. So that could include poster, gif, 3D sculpture, photograph, sound installation, dance for camera work, computer game or music video.

We know there are a lot of talented young people living in this county and we’re excited to see what ideas are submitted.

The successful artists will receive £300 cash with a further £200 available towards paying for materials, performers or to access software. The work created will also be exhibited publicly at The Engine Room in Bridgwater.

The award is named after the late Robert Richards, who was Chair of Trustees for the charity for over twenty years and was passionate about supporting emerging talent. Robert was well known in Somerset for his work as a trustee for Glastonbury Abbey and for his role at Glastonbury Festival.

For further details on how to apply, visit

The deadline for applications is February 16th 2024.

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January 31, 2024

Jade Chant


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