WEVAA Artist Commission Opportunity – PROMENADE 2023

Open Call: Cul­ture West­on Com­mis­sion for North Som­er­set-based Artists.

Culture Weston is pleased to invite applications from early career artists based in North Somerset to develop and present new work.


This opportunity is for North Somerset-based early career artists from all backgrounds, or those with a connection to North Somerset. Applications are accepted from artists working in any medium including painting, sculpture, moving image, photography, drawing, performance, text, poetry/spoken word, installation and digital formats (from sound and video to animation or performance).

There are 5 commissions available. The successful applicants will receive:

An artist fee of £1,000
A £200 production budget to go towards presentation costs including materials, installation, transport. Insurance and documentation will be provided in addition.
Public presentation of the commissions will be presented as part of the Promenade Weekender: 15-17 September 2023.
Support from the Culture Weston team to assist you in developing site specific work, to be presented in an outdoor context.
Artist development and peer support through engaging with other commissioned artists.
Significant promotion via Culture Weston and Promenade’s website and social media channels.
Free annual membership to Spike Island Associates programme in Bristol, which offers artists access to regular talks, one-to-ones with artists, critics and curators, and other opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and support.


PROMENADE explores the themes of place, environment & the natural world through multidisciplinary contemporary arts & socially engaged practice. The Promenade Weekender will include new site-specific artist commissions & engagement activities to form a programme of artworks, happenings, workshops, walks & talks rooted in WSMs unique coastal landscape. It considers an ecology of place, and our relationship with the environment we live in.

We are specifically looking for proposals that respond to the themes of Promenade as outlined above.


Applications to include the following, on a maximum of 2 pages:

1. Your contact details, and postcode

2. A current CV outlining your recent artistic activities

3. A document with your responses to the following prompts:

Briefly tell us about yourself, and your creative practice and interests
In what ways do your interests respond to the themes of Promenade?
Do you have an initial idea or avenue you would like to explore for this commission?
Do you have any initial thoughts on how this may be presented? Your idea does not need to be fully formed at this point.
Is there any specific support that you might need from us to help you work on the commission?

4. Examples of your work: images to be embedded within the document or links to work online.

5. A completed online Equal Opportunities form. This will be separated from your application form and used for monitoring purposes only.

Applications to be submitted by email to

We strongly encourage applications from people currently under-represented in the creative sector including people who identify as D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent, come from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and/or who experience racism.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 5pm, Friday 23 June 2023

Part of the West of England Visual Arts Alliance (WEVAA), supported by Arts Council England. WEVAA is a consortium partnership of nine organisations co-lead by Spike Island and Visual Arts South West and including the Brunswick Club, Bath Spa School of Art, Bristol City Council, Creative Youth Network, Culture Weston, North Somerset Council and UWE Bristol. This alliance is delivering a 3-year programme of activity with the aim of supporting visual arts progression in the region, with the collective vision for the visual arts community in Bristol and the West of England to become more progressive, sustainable and inclusive by 2024.