The Random Art Machine requests input

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Preston Street Union, an affiliation of artists in and around Exeter, invites OSR associates  (friends and followers) to contribute instructions to feed into The PSU Random Art Machine.

To contribute instructions, simply email prestonstreetunion@gmail.com with your response to any of the following categories (deadline 30th April 2017):

Name a title for an unknown artwork
Name a location (anything from the Arctic to your elbow)
Name an object or material (anything from an elephant to an emoji)
Name a process or action (anything from singing to squishing)

Over the course of Art Week Exeter, Preston Street Union will generate new works of art following the randomly generated instructions they have been given. Expect chaos, destruction and a few random moments of genius.   PSU warmly invites any OSR associates who would like to get more involved, to join them for a hands-on session during Art Week Exeter (13th – 21st May 2017). Please email as above to arrange.


Regions of Light

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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


Keiken Collective’s House of Questions

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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


The Solar Pessimist

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This Saturday 4 March (7.30-10-30pm) our friends in Cardiff, Spit & Sawdust, are hosting new work from winner of the 2016 Kim Fielding Award, Nottingham-based artist John Lawrence. For more info visit the Kim Fielding Award website check out the Solar Pessimist Facebook page or just get yourself down to Spit & Sawdust, Rhymney River Bridge Rd, Cardiff CF10 5AK

Dreaming Invisible Things

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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


Season’s Greetings

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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

Best wishes
Simon


Our friend Sam

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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.