Creative Pathways : Emerging Artists

We are supporting the SAW Artist Development Programme this year by hosting two emerging artists from Somerset who have been granted the Creative Pathways Bursary:

Emma Housley is a painter who loves vivid abstract colour and the physical process of exploring paint and all of its capabilities. She is an English Literature Graduate who went on to study at Cyprus College of Art. Her work is influenced by the idea of visual poetry along with a very immediate, emotional response to the natural world. She will spend time working on site at Clayhill Arts in order to research and develop her ideas and produce new work for Somerset Art Weeks.

I am delighted that this bursary will give me the chance to focus fully on my work. I’m so happy to be twinned with the inspirational venue of Clayhill Arts and hope to be both supported and challenged to do things that will diversify my practice in ways I can’t yet imagine. I plan to produce some large scale canvases for Somerset Art Weeks that will reflect my experience and reaction to being immersed in the Quantock Hills. I am also interested in finding a way of making painting a more sustainable practice.


Megan Wakelam graduated in Fine Art from Plymouth University and is continuing to explore a growing project of site-specific paintings in Taunton. Her collection of large abstract work encapsulates ideas of landscape and space. Responding to the environments she immerses herself in and drawing inspiration from adventures and the journeys that form between, she has a fascination for our surrounding entities of sea, sky and land. This has led to the depiction of vast atmospheres and echoes the changing landscape, also prompting Megan to start producing eco-pigments from natural materials sourced locally and on-site.

I am excited by the opportunities that will arise through receiving this bursary. Producing work within the rural location of Clayhill Arts will complement my landscape-based practice and strengthen my work whilst providing a creative atmosphere for the cultivation of new ideas and collaboration.


Both artists will be using our new workshop facilities, from now until the end of October. Creating new work, they will be exhibiting here during the Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2019 21st September – 6th October, alongside painter/sculptor Pennie Elfick.

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