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Young Somerset creatives urged to apply for digital commission

YOUNG creatives could receive a fee and access to materials to create a commissioned piece about life in Somerset.

The charity, Somerset Film, with the support of Arts Council England, is offering artists under 20 the chance to receive a fee and access to materials to help them realise a new digital work of art.

Creative director at Somerset Film, Deb Richardson, said: “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.

“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 more than 20 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,” a spokesperson added.

The 65-year-old passed away in January 2022 at Guy’s Hospital in London after a short illness.

He worked for the Glastonbury Festival for more than three decades, starting out setting up information and CND campaigning stalls.

He was the producer of Julien Temple’s Glastonbury film in 2006. In recent years, Robert was responsible for partnerships, large commercial deals and sponsorship, and he helped secure the license for the festival to continue in 2014.

“Alongside this work, Robert helped me personally with projects in Pilton village, particularly the big social housing project and the village shop,” said festival founder, Michael Eavis, after he passed away.

“He was also chairman of the Glastonbury Town Fund Board which raised £24 million for the town in 2021.

“I am personally very sad and upset to lose this remarkable man who I will find difficult to replace.

“Now that the fever of life and his days are over, may God give his soul the rest it deserves. Thank you, Robert.”

For further details on how to apply, visit www.somersetfilm.com/community. The deadline for applications is February 16.

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