These are all questions you could be answering in our new project What if?

Working with four local artists, we want you to answer these questions and many more to create artwork that will be displayed on advertising spaces around Bridgwater and Highbridge as well as on the buses of Somerset.

You can work with Karl, Jem, Sharon and Rich through a series of workshops and sessions to answer What if? Questions – challenge your imagination and ideas to create something wonderful for the whole community to see and share.  Our artists will also be popping up in various Sedgemoor locations to ask What If questions and offer creative ways to tackle them.

Meet the Artist working on What if….

Click each profile image to see their bios and workshop dates.

Karl

artist-educator

Karl is an artist-educator with over 20 years’ experience.  He started in youth-work, including supporting a Youth Forum, and over the years he has arranged music-theatre courses across the UK, lead writing workshops in different community settings and been responsible for a creative learning programme for a concert venue. Karl looks forward to creating work with people around Sedgemoor, helping them to find their own voice in some new creative writing.

You will see Karl out-and-about delivering public-facing sessions. Karl will also be offering more in-depth writing opportunities through workshops.

Friday 10 June, 2:30 – 4:30 at Victoria Park Community Centre, Victoria Park Drive, Bridgwater TA6 7AS
Saturday 11 June, 10:30 – 12:30 at the Engine Room, 52 High Street, Bridgwater, TA6 3BL

To book a place email: karlbevis@btinternet.com

Karl

artist-educator

Sharon

professional storyteller

Sharon is a professional storyteller, telling stories to all kinds of audiences and sharing stories with all kinds of community groups. She believes that everyone has a creative side, it’s just part of being human, and that everyone should have the chance to tap into that creativity and express themselves through the arts. Her background in the performing arts gives her a versatile and playful approach and her love of storytelling is served by a listening ear. Being a champion for everyone’s unique voice to be heard, or their artwork to be seen, she is eager to get you creating your own work and sharing it for others to enjoy as part of the ‘What if?’ project.

Jem and Sharon are collaborating artist running a series of mixed media creative workshops activities. They will also be performing sharing work with live performances for all to enjoy.

Workshop dates in Burnham and Bridgwater Libraries
Creative Writing: May 16, 23 & 30, June 6
Image Making: May 17, 23 & 31, June 7
Times: 10:00-12:00 & 2:00-4:00

TO BOOK

email: Burnham: bhmlib@somerset.gov.uk
Bridgwater:brwrlib@somerset.gov.uk
Facebook message: (Somerset Libraries Burnham-on-Sea/
Somerset Libraries Bridgwater)
Phone: 0300 123 2224 (calls directed to relevant libraries)
OR book in person at either librarys

Sharon

professional storyteller

Jem

Artist and Performer

Jem has worked in community and social arts settings for thirty years, including Seed’s Art First project in 2021. As well as being a multi-disciplinary artist and performer himself, he loves to encourage people who may not think of themselves as creative to have a go, and surprise themselves with what they can create.
He has worked for the last sixteen years with Open Story Tellers, enabling adults with learning disabilities to become storytellers, performing at festivals, conferences and theatres.

He has also worked with the elderly, children, and many other groups, facilitating and integrating valued artistic input from people of all abilities and all walks of life.
The secret of his success?

“There is nothing more serious than fun!”

Jem and Sharon are collaborating artist running a series of mixed media creative workshops activities. They will also be performing sharing work with live performances for all to enjoy.

Workshop dates in Burnham and Bridgwater Libraries

Creative Writing: May 16, 23 & 30, June 6
Image Making: May 17, 23 & 31, June 7
Times: 10:00-12:00 & 2:00-4:00

TO BOOK

email: Burnham: bhmlib@somerset.gov.uk
Bridgwater:brwrlib@somerset.gov.uk
Facebook message: (Somerset Libraries Burnham-on-Sea/
Somerset Libraries Bridgwater)
Phone: 0300 123 2224 (calls directed to relevant libraries)
OR book in person at either librarys

Jem

Artist and Performer

Richard Tomlinson

Artist and Creative Technologist

Richard Tomlinson works as a freelance artist and creative technologist based in Somerset. His practice combines the production of audiovisual artwork such as video installation and sound-art with facilitation of community engagement projects. Over the past 20 years Richard has collaborated with a number of arts and culture organisations including: The South West Heritage Trust, Somerset Art Works, Activate Performing Arts, Take Art, Mendip Hills AONB, Pavilion Dance South West, The Museum of Somerset and Plymouth City Museum. He has facilitated a wide range of community engagement projects with tangible results including: photographic exhibitions, video sequences, sound art, animation, video games, interactive installations and outdoor projections. Richard worked as Creative Technologist over an eight-year period on the Ignite Somerset initiative, a project managed by Somerset Film and funded by Arts Council England. Richard is currently producing an interactive video installation entitled ‘Through the Looking Glass’, commissioned by The Brewhouse Theatre and Art Centre. The installation will allow visitors to fast forward through billions of years of life on Earth, whilst also reflect on how their actions impact on the planet. The work will be exhibited in July 2022. Richard was awarded an MA in Art & Design Advanced Practice and Theory, specialising in Photography and Digital Media, from the University of Derby. For more info visit: www.richtomlinson.co.uk

Richard will be supporting participants to create images using a combination of macro photography, macro video, creative audio description and written word.

Email: info@richtomlinson.co.uk

Richard Tomlinson

Artist and Creative Technologist

JOIN IN!

If you would like to take part in creative activities exploring important issues, or would just find out more, then fill in the form below to send us your contact details and we will let you know how to join in the What If project!