Reveal – future develpments

After the unfortunate closure of The Brewhouse in Taunton Reveal continues its development. It is even now more important to development visual arts and media in Somerset.

Reveal is currently talking to the Arts Council about funding for a new programme of work.

Watch this space for developments!

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New Opportunities

Reveal Innovation a call for ideas  DEADLINE 28 OCT 2011

Reveal works strategically for Somerset’s visual arts and media and is a partnership between Somerset Art Works, The Brewhouse Visual Arts and Somerset Film.

Would you like to create a piece of sound and moving image based multi-screen work and show it in the Bridgwater Engine Room studio between 5 and 10 December? The award is intended for up-and-coming digital artist/film-makers and comprises £500 and the exclusive use of our studio and selected equipment for a three day build and a five day show which we will widely publicise. Entries have to be with us by 12 noon on Friday 28 October.

Phil Shepherd, Facilitator for Somerset Film, says “Reveal works strategically across the county to raise the profile of the visual and digital arts in the county. For a lot of people here and across rural Somerset contemporary work is rarely available. Along with projects like the recent Night of Light at Hestercombe Gardens the Innovation award is part of addressing that deficit. In essence it’s about making a piece of imaginative and inspiring work using the assets of the Engine Room to be supported by our studio manager and crew. Following the success of Jake Ayres’s ‘gifting’ project at the Engine Room last year (see archive) we are again looking for a truly innovative piece of work – in any media, single or multiple – video, photography, sound, games – offline or online – which pushes boundaries, challenges preconceptions of what digital art is all about – and above all engages with the wider public.

Let us have your ideas, surprise us with your audacity and fresh approach, we’re looking for something that may challenge, may amuse, may take us out of our comfort zones but above all we want a work that truly engages, that opens conversations in all sorts of people’s heads, that is accessible without being patronising, that reminds us how art can change people’s lives.

There are very few caveats – it’s got to be legal and achievable using the kit we can offer and the £500 expenses available. It’s got to fit our building without impeding the café trade and upsetting the neighbours! There may or may not be some space available outside the building depending on what you want to do. There is just one award available but could be given to a small team if it’s the idea we think will work best.

You might want well to get in touch to discuss your initial idea before submitting something to us but this is not a pre-requirement. You almost certainly need at least to know the geography of our site and probably the ‘feel’ of the place also.

Let’s start the conversation soon, get in touch as you need to get your ideas to us on two sheets of A4 max (email is fine) with CV by 12 noon on 28th October latest. Please note – absolutely no previous experience is necessary to apply for this award, if you don’t even have a CV, still apply!

Reveal receives financial assistance from Arts Council England via the Thrive Somerset programme.

Somerset Film, The Engine Room, 52, High St, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 3BL

T: 01278 433187 E:



What:Reveal Somerset works strategically for Somerset’s visual arts and media and is a partnership between Somerset Art Works, Brewhouse Visual Arts and Somerset Film. The aim of the partnership is to raise the profile of visual arts and media and to support the ongoing development of contemporary practice in the county through local and wider partnership working. This comes at a time when there is a growing infrastructure of practitioners but also at time when the sector is looking to a sustainable model of development.

The partnership are seeking an experienced artist/curator to enable Reveal to expand its networks by building international links with artists, artist-led groups and organisations who share similar values, issues and vision.

The artist/curator will need a good knowledge of contemporary practice and artist led activity both in the UK and abroad. We are keen to work with someone who is keen to explore different international models of delivery; interested in developing and sharing their own creative practice and knowledge with others in order to extend debate and support contemporary practice in the county

This is part of an Arts Council funded action research project and so we are looking for someone who is happy to be part of this form of development. There are two key delivery points to this research, the first is to contribute to the planned Reveal conference in March 2012 and the second is to influence the planned Cultivate 2 exhibition at The Brewhouse Gallery in late April/May 2012

The successful artist/curator will be offered a fixed fee of £2000 for this work, plus £1000 expenses. It is expected that the artist/curator will work approx 10-12 days and that the expenses will cover all travel for the person appointed and others travelling to and from Somerset.

Where The successful applicant will have negotiated access to the resources of the three Reveal partner organisations located in Taunton, Bridgwater and Langport. This could include workplace, office support, telephone, etc.

When Deadline for written expressions of interest: Monday 28th November, noon.

Interviews: w/b 5th December 2011

Start date: January 2012

Contact Please email your  expression of interest to Tim Martin at or send to Tim Martin, Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL

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England My England Film

Go to latest news to see the documentary film that was made as part of the England My England Micro-Festival held at The Brewhouse in April/May this year.

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The latest …

This blog is part of the  redevelopment of  Reveal Somerset online – please check in from September to hear the latest and to contribute ….

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