Below are some of the most frequently asked questions received by the Arts Development Team, and the answers to them.

QUESTIONS

  1. Does the Council provide funding for arts projects, events and activities?
  2. Where can I exhibit or sell my art?
  3. Where can I find a studio space in which to make my art?
  4. How can I make contact with other artists in the Bath area?
  5. How can I find a job in the arts or find work as a freelance artist?
  6. Where can I get help to develop my creative practice, my career or my business?
  7. Where can I get advice and support to help me market and promote my event or activity?
  8. What arts activities are there for children and young people in Bath and North East Somerset?
  9. How do I find out about arts events and activities happening in Bath and North East Somerset?
  10. Where can I publicise an arts event or activity?
  11. I want to organise an arts festival or event in Bath and North East Somerset. Where can I find advice about what I need to do?
  12. Where can I get public liability insurance cover for my festival/event/exhibition?
  13. How can I find out if the date of the event I'm planning clashes with that of another event?
  14. I want to use an empty shop or building in which to put on an art exhibition or event. How do I do this?
  15. I want to hire Walcot Chapel as a venue to exhibit art. How do I do this?
  16. I want to put on an outdoor exhibition.  How do I go about doing this?
  17. I’ve been offered a place on an arts course and I need money to pay my tuition fees.  Where can I get support?
  18. I want to join a course or learn new skills in art and design.  Where can I find out about courses locally?
  19. I'm thinking of applying to Arts Council England for funding. Where can I get advice about this?
  20. I need to create a constitution for my voluntary group. Where can I get advice and examples to help me do this?

 


 

ANSWERS

1. Does the Council provide funding for arts projects, events and activities?

The Council has a limited amount of funding available to support arts projects events and activities.

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2. Where can I exhibit or sell my art?

There are several spaces available in which to exhibit visual artworks in Bath.

  • Bath Artists' Studios has a gallery space available to hire.
    Tel: 01225 482480
    Email: admin@bathartistsstudios.co.uk 
    Visit Bath Artists' Studios website   
  • Walcot Chapel is available for hire as an exhibition space. To find out how, download the Hiring Walcot Chapel information sheet from the Documents column on the right hand side of this page.
  • The Victoria Art Gallery has a exhibition space that is curated and programmed in advance. For further details visit the Victoria Art Gallery website
  • Bath has a wealth of commercial art galleries and other outlets that sell original artwork and crafts. Visit the Bath Galleries Group website to find out more information

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3. Where can I find a studio space in which to make my art?

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4. How can I make contact with other artists in the Bath area?

The following groups and organisations create networking and social opportunities for artists in the Bath area:

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5. How can I find a job in the arts or find work as a freelance artist?

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6. Where can I get help to develop my creative practice, my career or my business?

The following organisations provide advice support and training opportunities for those working in the arts and creative industries in Bath and North East Somerset, and the South West region:

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7. Where can I get advice and support to help me market and promote my event or activity

The Audiences Agency works with arts organisations in the South West of England to support them in understanding, engaging and developing their audiences.

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8. What arts activities are there for children and young people in Bath and North East Somerset?

Arts organisations in Bath provide a wide variety of activities for children and young people as part of festivals and events, and as year-round programmes of activity.

  • General Activities: the B-Active Youth Zone website has information about all kinds of activities for children and young people in Bath and North East Somerset
  • More detailed information about organisations that provide arts activities for children and young people in Bath and North East Somerset can be found on the Arts Activities for Young People web page 

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9. How do I find out about arts events and activities happening in Bath and North East Somerset?

To find out about the wealth and variety of arts events and activities available in Bath and North East Somerset, visit the following online listings pages:

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10. Where can I publicise an arts event or activity? 

If you are wishing to publicise an arts opportunity relevant to the Bath and North East Somerset Area, you may find the following contacts useful.

Bath Arts and Culture Mailings

Bath Box Office Website

Listomania Bath Website

CityofBath.co.uk Website (This is not a Council service)

Bath Dance

Creative Bath 

Theatre Bath 

The Arts in Wiltshire     

Bristol Creatives: news    

Arts & Health South West 

Arts Professional   

Arts Hub  

The Arts Industry 

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11. I want to organise an arts festival or event in Bath and North East Somerset. What do I need to do and where can I find advice and support?

The Council has created a detailed toolkit for event organisers. It covers all the things you will need to do if you are planning an event. It also contains the details of the key people you will need to contact and the timescale you will need to work to when applying for any licenses or permissions you may need.

  • Visit the Council's online Event Organiser's Toolkit
  • If you are starting to plan an event you will want to check what else is happening on your chosen date.  You can check events and dates on the Bath and North East Somerset Events Calendar

  • If your event will be taking place on private land, or on Council owned land, you need to complete an online event application via the Council's Event App. This is because your event may require licences, road closures or have other local implications which we will be able to advise upon. 

More comprehensive information for event organisers is provided on the the following Council web page: Event Organiser's Information

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12. Where can I get public liability insurance cover for my festival/event/exhibition?

Most insurance companies will be able to arrange public liability cover for public events. Charges will vary depending on the level of risk involved and it is advisable to shop around by obtaining several quotes before purchasing cover.

If you are seeking an insurer specialising in providing cover for artists, artworks and arts events, then companies such as Hencilla Canworth or La Playa will offer a range of schemes and bespoke policies. 

This information is provided for reference purposes only - the Council does not recommend or endorse the goods and services of any external company.

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13. I'm planning an event. How can I check whether or not it will clash with something else?

The Council's Events Advice and Support team maintain an Events Calendar for events taking place in the district.

The calendar contains the dates of all the events of which the Council has been informed. Event organisers can check the calendar to see what else is on as far as we know.  

If your event is taking place on private land or on Council owned land, you need to complete an online event application via the Council's Event App. This is because your event may require licences, road closures or have other local implications such as clashes with other activities which we will be able to advise upon. 

More comprehensive information for event organisers is provided on the the following Council web page: Event Organiser's Information

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14. I want to use an empty shop or building in which to put on an art exhibition or event. How do I do this?

Artists and arts organisations are often interested in using empty shops or other premises on a temporary basis as venues for exhibitions, events or projects. This may be for a few weeks or a few months.

For more information visit the Temporary Use of Premises and Outdoor Spaces page.

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15.  I want to hire Walcot Chapel as a venue to exhibit art. How do I do this?

Walcot Chapel is a former mortuary chapel, sometimes also referred to as Walcot Village Hall. It is set in Walcot Gate, just off Walcot Street in a former church burial ground. It is an attractive, light-filled space that is a very popular venue for art exhibitions. 

The hire of Walcot Chapel is managed by Bath & North East Somerset Council Property Services Team. The current rent is £175 per week.  The full amount is payable on booking and is non-refundable.  Payment is required by cheque, made payable to Bath & North East Somerset Council. Full details of how to make payment can be found in the hire terms leaflet which can be downloaded from the Documents section on the right hand side of this page.  

It is a condition of hire that you have public liability insurance cover in place during your use of Walcot Chapel. See FAQ 11 above for advice on how to obtain cover.

You can download the hire terms leaflet from the Document column on the right hand side of this page. This will tell you all you need to know to hire Walcot Chapel, including a floor plan of the venue. 

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16. I want to put on an outdoor exhibition.  How do I go about doing this?

You will find guidance about putting on an outdoor exhibition on the Public Art – Temporary Outdoor Exhibitions page.

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17. I’ve been offered a place on an arts course and I need money to pay my tuition fees.  Where can I get support?

Bath and North East Somerset Council is only able to provide funding to constituted voluntary sector groups and organisations. Therefore we are not able to provide grants to individuals towards the cost of tuition fees.

The National Postgraduate Funding Guide provides a useful online overview of sources of funding for further study. It includes links to potential sources of funding and sponsorship, as well as scholarship and studentship schemes. http://www.npc.org.uk/page/1082154863

The Arts and Humanities Research Council publicise and promote funding opportunities for further study. 

Bath Citizens Advice Bureau may also be able to advise about possible sources of support with tuition fees. 

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18. I want to join a course or learn new skills in art and design.  Where can I find out about courses locally?

There are many opportunities to learn art and craft skills in Bath and North East Somerset. These can be simply for pleasure and participation, or can lead to a formal qualification. The links below will take you to the websites of local organisations that provide arts education opportunities. Please note: The Council cannot endorse the quality of courses or guarantee the accuracy information provided on external websites.

  • The MakeryThe Makery offer a range of workshops with a focus on sewing and needlework and an emphasis on recycling, mending and upcycling. 
  • Funky Art House - Funky Art House run arts and creative craft workshops and event in Bath and the South West
  • City of Bath CollegeCity of Bath College offer a range of art and craft related courses in their prospectus,  including full and part-time courses.
  • Norton Radstock CollegeNorton Radstock College offers arts and craft courses for leisure or towards professional qualifications.

This list is provided for information only. The Council cannot endorse the quality of training opportunities or courses offered by third parties.

19. I'm thinking of applying to Arts Council England for funding. Where can I get advice about this?

Arts Council England have a range of advice about their main funding schemes available on their website. You may find the following links helpful.
When you apply for funding from Arts Council England they will ask you if you have spoken to an officer from your local authority about your application. If you would like to discuss your project with us prior to submitting your funding application to Arts Council England, please contact us at arts@bathnes.gov.uk or tel: 01225 396432

20. I need to create a constitution for my voluntary group. Where can I get advice and examples to help me do this?

A constitution is simply the aims and rules that your group will use. It’s a statement of what your group is going to do and how it is going to do it. It is important because: 

  • Without this written understanding people can easily find themselves at cross purposes and the jobs won’t get done 
  • It will serve as a reference, and help to resolve problems in times of controversy 
  • Outsiders, especially potential funders, will want to see that your group is democratic and accountable. This involves having a clear procedure by which decisions are made.

You can find lots of helpful advice about how to write an effective constitution on the Resource Center website here. There is also a sample constitution that you can download and adapt to your specific needs.


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