Simon Whetham / Andy Parker / Jo Ball
Exhibition: 15 October – 5 November 2016
Thurs – Sat 11am – 5pm (or by appointment)
Venue: OSR Project Space & Dawe’s Twineworks
LAUNCH PARTY Friday 14 October 2016 6 – 9pm
Ropewalkers brings together new work by artists Jo Ball, Andy Parker and Simon Whetham made in response to the architecture, history and materials of Dawe’s Twineworks Museum and social history project.
A monument to working class history Dawe’s is thought to be the only rural twineworks remaining in England with all its machinery, the last example of what was the most important industry in South Somerset for over 500 years.
By placing art at the heart of the museum visitors are encouraged to see the past with new eyes, revealing narratives that are hidden in the machinery, archives and soil surrounding the Twineworks.
The exhibition takes place across two venues, OSR Project Space and Dawe’s Twineworks and includes an immersive sound work by Simon Whetham entitled Trace Evidence, performance and sculpture by Andy Parker, A New Voyage, that weaves together personal histories with that of William Dampier and the Twineworks, and Jo Ball’s project Patches of Blue Sky that re-visits the tradition of growing flax to make linen twine.
Simon Whetham is a sound artist that works with sound recording and playback techniques that explore sonic qualities and characteristics of materials and space. He shares his work with the public through performance, lecture presentation, installation and workshops.
Andy Parker works with objects and places that are of interest to him now, in this moment of massive global change. His concern is not to seek comfort in the past, but to put its stories to work in the present.
Jo Ball is an artist & gardener based in Bristol. During her residency she has re-visited the tradition of growing flax to make linen twine through a community growing project entitled Patches of blue sky.
OSR Project Space, Church Street, West Coker, Somerset BA22 9BD
Dawe’s Twineworks, 94a High Street, West Coker, Somerset BA22 9AU