Artist Commission Opportunity – Picture This

Culture Weston are looking to commission an artist for an upcoming project that will work with a group of young people to explore environmental issues and imagine a vision for a carbon neutral North Somerset in 2050.

We are living in a time where inequalities are stark, where we all know that the old ways of doing things are not working and have not worked. New ideas are vital. We are inviting artists to help us imagine new ways of thinking and being, to provoke change and inspire people to start to imagine the possibility of a different world.

In 2019, North Somerset Council declared a climate emergency and set a target of North Somerset becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Picture This aims to:

  • Raise awareness of this target and engage North Somerset residents in what a zero carbon future means
  • Start a creative public discussion about how North Somerset can become a zero carbon place, and gather opinions, thoughts and new ideas
  • Encourage North Somerset residents to take positive action to reduce their environmental impact

Picture This will be a public campaign and art competition inviting residents to share their visions of life in a zero carbon future society. Alongside this, we want to commission an artist to work with a group of young people to explore environmental issues and develop a youth-centred vision for a carbon neutral North Somerset.

Commission Opportunity

We are seeking to commission an emerging / early career artist aged under 30, who is interested in working with a group of young people from Weston-super-Mare to explore environmental issues, develop a youth-centred vision for a carbon neutral North Somerset and co-create a public artwork as social action.

Fee for the commission is £2500 (approx. 13 days work) plus £1000 materials/creation budget.

Young people’s voices are often left unheard and not appreciated when it comes to making change happen. We want to change this.

The artist will lead 4 workshops with a group of young people in order to collaborate with the young people to create high quality, dynamic work for exhibition that authentically captures the passion and vision of the youth participants for positive social change and environmental action. The group will develop a youth-led manifesto/vision for a Net Zero North Somerset.

Whilst you will lead on the creation of the work, you will also create a clear framework of opportunities for the youth participants to directly make and contribute to the final piece.

At the end of their time with the artist the young people will be energised, informed, and will have gained new skillsets, and expanded life chances through engaging with youth social action. They should also be immensely proud of the public artwork they have contributed to.

The artist will develop a work inspired by the young people’s responses.

Ideas could take shape in any artform; an installation, sculpture, street art, audio piece, performance, poetry, visual art – but it should be something that can be experienced in a range of locations across North Somerset and/or have the potential to tour town centre locations across North Somerset in the build up to COP26. You may choose to work with another artist in collaboration, how you manage the budget is up to you.

Previous experience working with young people is not required, you will be supported by Culture Weston to run activities and facilitate conversations. Culture Weston will support you in developing your approach to working with the group of young people.



For any queries and to inform us of any access needs please contact: or call Tom on 07791010546.