Od Arts Festival is a weekend of free arts events in East and West Coker, taking its name from the stream that connects the two villages, and bubbling up a curatorial premise of rivalry.
You will find exhibitions and events popping up in unusual places from a 15th Century Manor house to a victorian factory, a local butchers to the village bus shelters.
Dare to cross the river, walk the road less travelled, stop to hear the sparrows and ask odd questions as we welcome you to the Od Arts Festival 2018.
To find out more about the artists taking part and to plan your visit check out the Od Arts Festival website.
“When you make art you are not alone – there are always others there in your head – influences, restrictions, constraints, curators, audiences, partners, family etc. Don’t be reactive. You need to forget them and make the work you want to make – people understand that and can relate to it.” Ad de Jong
The Build Your Own Art World symposium provided subtle ideas, inclinations and gestures on how to subvert current models, and ways to operate within them whilst adopting a more collaborative, generous and inclusive practices, built on experimentation, risk-taking and collective action, encouraging us all to devise our own rules.
We are delighted to announce that Caitlin Akers is the recipient of the 2018 Platform Bursary. The bursary will include mentoring from the b-side and OSR Projects teams and an opportunity to take part in the b-side festival 2018.
Caitlin will build on her current practice of working with text and language, responding to the surroundings of Portland, creating a new series of work that explores small acts of youth rebellion and folk law of Portland.
b-side and OSR Projects are offering a £500 artist bursary to be part of the b-side festival 2018. Emerging artists or Established artists who would like to develop and experiment with a change of practice are welcome to apply. Application deadline 18 March 2018
More info & application guidelines: Platform bursary brief 2018_OSR Projects
We are excited to announce that throughout 2018 we will be hosting a programme of Contemporary Craft workshops at the OSR Project Space in West Coker, Somerset.
The workshops will aim to help participants to try something new or refine creative skills in a relaxed and supportive environment, under the guidance of expert tutors. Participants will get to meet likeminded individuals and what ever you create in the workshops you can take home with you. Teaching is in small groups of up to a maximum of 10 people, so help will be at hand. All workshops are suitable for beginners.
OSR Projects are excited to announce a one-day seminar ‘Build Your Own Art World’, taking place on Friday 16 March. This event will bring artists, curators and cultural producers together in rural Somerset to consider: What does it mean to be artist-led? Is there an alternative to a global gallery system? How do you build your own art world?
The programme includes an international panel of artists and organisers, representing a range of artist-run projects. Ad de Jong visits from Amsterdam to talk about the formation of iconic artist-run space W139 and Karl England will discuss Sluice, an London artist-run platform which currently comprises a biennial, expo, magazine and gallery. Plymouth collaborative duo LOW PROFILE, Cardiff arts space Spit & Sawdust and Bristol-based writer and singer Phil Owen, will offer interventions and provocations.
Designed for participants who are experienced in or curious about the artist-led as an alternative, the seminar offers opportunities to meet collaborators, break bread and explore collective strategies for building your own art world.
Tuesday 6 February, 11am-5pm – Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset UK
Topographies is a one-day seminar exploring how we make sense of different landscapes, through contemporary art practice and creative geographies.
Invited speakers are Harriet Hawkins, art writer and professor in GeoHumanities at Royal Holloway, University of London, and John Wylie, professor in Cultural Geography at Exeter University.
The seminar includes a lunch event, developed by Vilma Luostarinen in collaboration with Natasha Rosling. The menu will conjure the imaginary spaces of the body and its relationship to the land and sea.
More info & Tickets http://odysseanproject.co.uk
Od Arts Festival will weave in between past, present and future rivalries, creating static from the frictions that we find, with the creative platform becoming not only a place of excitement and discovery, but somewhere for ideas to be battled out.