The Lobster Trap Application Information

The Lobster Trap – Call for Expressions of interest from artist-led groups and curatorial collectives based in South West UK to take over the OSR Project Space.

OSR Projects are looking for an artist-led group/curatorial collective, with a connection to the South West region, to produce an exhibition and series of events to take place at the OSR Project Space in September 2013.


OSR Projects is a transitional artists group that creates a platform for engagement with the world through artist–led activity. OSR Projects activities can be seen as an evolving curatorial project with collaboration, connectivity and criticality at its heart.

OSR Project Space, located in rural Somerset, is a place for incubation, exhibition and engagement providing a home for creative exploration and critical discourse through contemporary art. Established in 2011 by artist Simon Lee Dicker & graphic designer Chantelle Henocq the aim of OSR Project Space is to enrich the local cultural landscape, engage new audiences and provide opportunities for creative practitioners.

Project Brief

Extolling the creative energy of the current artist-led activity in the South West we are looking to provide an opportunity for creative practitioners to produce an ambitious exhibition/event that advances their work and connects with new audiences.

The main activity will take place at the OSR Project Space in the rural village of West Coker, during Somerset Art Weeks, with additional events and interventions to take place in the public realm and hosted with other partner venues where appropriate.

Collaboration, connectivity and criticality are at the heart of OSR Projects creative activity and we would encourage applicants to consider the social, political and geographic context of the project space and its broader cultural significance with in their expression of interest.

This project is funded through the Arts Council England and Corporate Sponsors. 

Project Timeline

Deadline for Expressions of interest                                          28 June 2013

Selection                                                                                             5 July 2013

Project Development                                                                       July/August 2013

Exhibition/Events                                                                            20 September – 6 October 2013

Project Review and Evaluation                                                     October 2013

Budget and Fees

The overall fee for this commission is 1000 GBP

Submission Requirements

Expression of interest

Name and Contact details of one practitioner that will be the main contact


Supporting Materials

The expression of interest should include information about your practice and your approach to this commission either in digital or printed format. (Up to 500 words)

Supporting materials should be either in digital or printed format; a maximum of 6 images or a single CD-ROM/DVD of material, and in one of the following formats:

Images: tiff, eps, bmp, jpg, gif

Video: mov, avi, mp4 (no longer than 3 mins)

Sound: mp3, wav, aiff

Other: html, txt, pdf, doc, docx


If submitting work via email please ensure files do not exceed 5MB in total. Supporting materials will not be returned.

Selection Panel

Simon Lee Dicker – Artist/OSR Projects

Nia Metcalfe – Curator/Elbow Room

Grace Davies – Curator/Project Manager/VASW

Selection Criteria

 Groups will be selected on the following:

• Clarity of ideas within the expression of interest

• Vision and scope of previous work

• Approach to creative collaboration, participation and audience development

Deadline for Applications

Applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 28th June 2013.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept late or incomplete applications.

Please send applications and attachments in a single email to:

Simon Lee Dicker

For more information or to submit your expression of interest by post please contact Simon on 01935 862201

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