The Crucible – Artists’ Gathering

The Crucible

The Crucible, taking place as part of the b-side festival, will bring together creative practitioners for a day of art, food and conversation.

Starting with a bus tour of some of the highlights of this years b-side Festival on Portland we will explore the island, meeting some of the participating artists and curators. A packed lunch will be provided during the tour and we will then spend the afternoon at The Drill Hall, the venue for OSR Projects Weather Station exhibition.

The aim of the afternoon session is to provide a forum for creative practitioners at all stages of their careers to share knowledge and experience and learn about each other’s practice and projects. Small group conversations will be guided by a number of experienced practitoners from arts organizations around the South West (and beyond).

find out more and book tickets

Weather Station publication crowdfunder

NK_swanpoolWe are trying to raise some money to produce an artists’ book, documenting our journey around beautiful and broken landscapes of South West England with the Weather Station in advance of the exhibition taking place during the b-side festival this September.

We need your help so please have a look at the Weather Station Crowdfunder page, pledge, share and make nice comments. We have loads of fantastic rewards so go on, you know you want to.

Artist Talk at Outpost


Free Artist Talk  – 7pm Thursday 7 July at Outpost, the b-side HQ on Portland with Simon Lee dicker. Book a seat by emailing

Language, Landscape & Sublime

LL&SSimon Lee Dicker & Alexander Stevenson will be heading to Dartington tomorrow to take part in Language, Landscape & Sublime gathering; the final Weather Station excursion before the B-side festival exhibition this September. The Weather Station will pop up in various locations around Dartington and you will have an opportunity to hear Simon talk about the project on Wednesday 29 June from 5pm.

We will also be launching a crowdfunding campaign this week to help raise money for a Weather Station publication … so watch this space

Negotiating Terrain


The Weather Station commission proffered for me the opportunity to use the orb as a prism through which to experience and negotiate a terrain, to offer a highly controlled and contained experience of a landscape. I have negotiated access to a highly manufactured yet sublime landscape owned by Imerys, the china clay corporation based in St Austell. Last week, following months of planning I was able to make my maiden voyage in the blue and white lunar landscape of Imerys’ Blackpool Pit, and will be creating a sound and moving image installation to be displayed as part of Portland’s B-Side festival in September. Laura Hopes 2016

Scotoma Landscape


Laurie Lax’s Weather Station explores our psychological disconnect, (mis)representation and perception of nature. Treating the one‐day residency as a kind of experiment she ignored the inflatable ball, treating it as a blind spot, a scotoma on the landscape. Spending the day using the Weather Station as a compositional tool, taking photographs and drawing studies on Narroways Hill, her local green space, which is also socially diverse, and a hotspot for biodiversity in Bristol.

“I’ve been getting to know the people who look after this place, by volunteering for the Narroways Millennium Green Hill Trust, even joining a small St. Werburghs drawing group. Alongside the day’s main mission I invited local people and others from further afield up onto ‘the mound’ (as it’s commonly known), to take part in collective drawing en plein air.

Laurie was selected to take part in the Weather Station Project by Hand in Glove and OSR Projects

Droppers – Review by Maddy Hearn

drop audienceStacked, mind-expanding books grow into impromptu plinths for baguette slices… read Maddy Hearns review of Andy Webster & Darren Ray’s Droppers exhibition that took place at OSR Project Space in West Coker during April & May 2016

Maddy Hearn is and Artist, educator & writer. She makes collaged books, page-works, weeny videos and object arrangements. Tweets and Instagrams @maddyxhearn


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