Exploring a discordant relationship with landscape and the natural world

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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


Odyssean: Topographies

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How does technology change our relationship to landscape? Four artists reconsider the physical world through sound, sculpture, food, film and digital animation.
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Odyssean: Topographies
Natasha Rosling, Alexander Stevenson, Alistair Grant, Simon Lee Dicker
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Launch Party Friday 17 November 2017  (6-8pm)
Exhibition open 11am – 4pm daily
18 November 2017 to 25 February 2018
Hestercombe Gallery, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton TA2 8LG
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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.
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Odyssean: Topographies is supported by Arts Council England and Gane Trust. 

Find out more: odysseanproject.co.uk
 

One amazing Island…

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Our friends at b side are offering a number of commission opportunities to create new, temporary, site-responsive work in any media for the next festival, 8 – 16 September 2018. Proposals can be for any amount up to £4000 Click here for more info


Book Launch in the shadow of the Twineworks

Thanks to all that came to Dawe’s Twineworks for the launch of Unearthed this weekend , especially all the poets who’s words came to life in the shadow of the twineworks.

We have had a fantastic response to the drawing competition and we are look forward to having a proper look through all the entries at the end of the week.


Drawing competition at Dawe’s Twineworks

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Unearthed: Drawings from Dawe’s Twineworks BOOK LAUNCH

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A child’s boot found after 150 years underground 2015 – Simon Lee Dicker

Please join us for drinks and a poetry reading from the West Coker Poetry Group to celebrate the launch of Unearthed: Drawings from Dawe’s Twineworks at 2pm SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER

Taking a lead from the physical processes involved in the production of twine and the social impact of the twine industry on this small rural community, the publication brings together work made during a six month artist residency, with newly commissioned writing, and poetry made in response to the Twineworks by the West Coker Poetry group.

Dawe’s Twineworks 94a High St, West Coker, Yeovil BA22 9AU


Prospect /// Cotley Tithe Barn

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With 10 OSR Projects associate artists taking part in this exhibition you know it is going to be a corker. We have mini-busses coming from Frome, East and West Coker and the Blackdown hills on the 6 October so let us know if you need a lift.

More info…


Esme House – Art Inn the Square

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On the occasion of Esme’s 90th birthday we are delighted to present a selection of work made by one of West Cokers most talented residents.

Esme’s approach to making art comes from a desire to make, to use her hands. The love of materials is always evident from the richly layered embroideries that contain hours of work to the evocative and playful experiments with wax and burning.

This exhibition brings together a selection of work made from the past 20 years alongside an early embroidery that was made at the age of 15.

Dates: 13 July – 7 December 2017
Venue: Upstairs at Inn The Square, 1 Church Street, West Coker, Somerset BA22 9BD


b-side Assemblies No:1

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Our friends over at b-side are launching a new programme of one day assemblies for artists, curators and producers.

SATURDAY 17 JUNE 2017 12 – 5pm

Join b-side on Portland for a day of conversation, activity and sharing of creative practices. We live and work in turbulent times, live information can be shared across the world outside of traditional media in minutes.
How are artists responding to these multiple political and social challenges?
Featuring contributions from artists Dickie BeauPaul SoulellisPaula CrutchlowFarhad Berahman, Katy Bauer and producers Counterpoints ArtsArtsadmin and b-side , all kept in some kind of order by Gordon Dalton from Visual Arts South West.

Get your tickets here


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.