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.
OSR Projects presents Od Arts Festival taking place in South Somerset 11-13 May 2018 /// Save the Date /// More information about the programme and opportunities for artists and visitors coming soon.
Artist and director of OSR Projects Simon Lee Dicker talks to earth.art about his latest work, Passing Place, currently on show in the Odyssean: Topographies exhibition at Hestercombe Gallery. Follow this link to the interview
Natasha Rosling, Alexander Stevenson, Alistair Grant, Simon Lee Dicker
Launch Party Friday 17 November 2017 (6-8pm)
18 November 2017 to 25 February 2018
Hestercombe Gallery, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton TA2 8LG
Over two years, Natasha Rosling, Alexander Stevenson, Alistair Grant and Simon Lee Dicker undertook a series of artist residencies across the Orkney Isles. From different locations – a remote bothy, a lighthouse, a beachside golf course and a burial chamber – each artist developed distinctive connections with the archipelago, its human stories, and its physical geography.
Odyssean: Topographies draws together common threads in their practices: questions around mapping, invisible and imagined spaces, and remoteness, both physical and emotional. Aptly sited in the galleries and gardens of Hestercombe, the exhibition responds experimentally to a layered landscape at once historic and contemporary, highly managed and equally wild.
Odyssean: Topographies is supported by Arts Council England and Gane Trust.