Od Arts Festival 2020

Image Credit: Sadie Hennessy, Jolene and the Jealous Guys, Od Arts Festival 2018. Photo by Brendan Buesnel.

East & West Coker - BA22 9BD

01935 862201
[email protected]
https://osrprojects.co.uk

Friday 15 May 2020 – Sunday 17 May 2020
Opening Hours: 10am -6pm

We’re excited to announce that the second Od Arts Festival will take place from Friday 15 – Sunday 17 May 2020!

 

In 2020, the festival will take the title of Alone With Everybody. We will invite artists and audiences to explore the ideas, politics and experiences of solitude, loneliness and isolation. It’s a theme that is really relevant to our local area, addressing the problems as well as possibilities of rural isolation. It also seems to resonate globally, with the spread of isolationist politics and social media filter bubbles. 

The festival will be curated by Simon Lee Dicker, artist and founding director of OSR Projects, in a new collaboration with Vickie Fear. Vickie is currently Curator/Programme Manager at Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth, and works independently as a curator and producer of exhibitions, commissions and events across the South West.

We are planning to install a wide range of artworks including three major projects, up to six site-specific, event-based or performative works and a selection of artist films, which will be newly commissioned or adapted for the festival. 

Artists or collectives will be selected through an open call process and in partnership with organisations across the South West, including: ‘a space’ arts (Southampton), CAMP (Plymouth), Caraboo Projects (Bristol), CAST (Helston, Cornwall), Contains Art (Watchet, Somerset), Hardwick Gallery (Cheltenham, Gloucestershire), Obsidian Coast (Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire), The Mothership (Dorset) and WITHKIN (Dorset). 

OSR Projects will offer artists a fee alongside curatorial and technical support to develop artwork for and with the people of East and West Coker. Details of the open call and application process will be released later this month – to be the first to hear, please sign up to our mailing list!

OSR Projects will also create an outdoor community feast as a festival finale. With the support of a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund, the gathering will be organised collaboratively with local people and made as accessible as possible, with a particular ambition to reach those experiencing social isolation for a variety of reasons.

Other confirmed funders of Od Arts Festival include Old Mill, South Somerset District Council, East Coker Parish Council and West Coker Parish Council. 

Want to support an artist or host a project? Prospective venues, sponsors or supporters interested in Od Arts Festival are encouraged to get in touch to find out how to be involved!

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