Regions of Light opens this Saturday 18th March at Hestercombe Gallery. The exhibition showcases the historic work of painter and poet Rev. John Eagles (1783-1855), together with contemporary pieces by multi-media artist Rebecca Chesney, painter Paul Desborough and photographer Jem Southam.
Image: 21 March 2016′ from the work ‘a bend in the river’ Jem Southam
Inspired by Eastern European clubhouses for workers, the Newlyn Art Gallery will be transformed into an establishment of recreational activity connecting 15-25 year olds to the arts. Hosted by a different Cultural Secretary each week, The Palace of Culture will nourish both body and mind with workshops, performance and other stimulating pursuits designed to fight cultureless leisure. Our friends Keiken Collective will be taking over the gallery between 25-31 March…. find out more about what they will be up to here
Friend of OSR Projects CrabMan (a.k.a. Mytho) had a dream last night of ‘A New Politics of Hope for Difficult Times’- Read about it here
2016 has been a mountainous year for OSR Projects with incredible highs and sobering lows. The busiest since we opened our doors 5 years ago, we are just starting to get time to reflect on all that has taken place over the past twelve months.
The year started with Andy Webster & Darren Rays’s Droppers, filling the OSR Project Space with people and energy, and ended with Ropewalkers, a partnership project with Dawe’s Twineworks, that saw the production of fantastic new work by Andy Parker, Jo Ball and Simon Whetham. Sandwiched between these two West Coker based projects the Weather Station (Part II) took us all around the South West working with some of the most incredible and generous artists and arts organisations, ending up in Portland as part of the b-side festival… which we are still excited about.
We would like to thank all of the wonderful artists, project partners, participants and visitors that we have had the privilege to play with this year, and hope to see you all again in 2017.
Enjoy The Secret of the Unhewn Stone day and any other festive celebrations that may be taking place over the next couple of weeks
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our friend and colleague Sam Aldridge who passed away at the end of November. As part of the BRG collective Sam was the recipient of the inaugural Lobster Trap commission in 2013 and then went on to work as part of an OSR Projects collective that took over the Salisbury Art Centre in the 2014 Palaces & Cabins project.
Sam’s sensitive and playful approach to making art really connected with people and has had a lasting impact on the way we approach working with others. I am so glad that we got to spend some time together, and just wish it could have been a bit longer. We’ll miss you Sam.
‘Being here alone only serves to make me more aware of the ghosts in this place….’ Read Richard Povall’s critical review of Ropewalkers published in a-n reviews