Weather Station (Part I)
Jethro Brice – Simon Lee Dicker – Alexander Stevenson
Preview Friday 19 June 6-9pm, continues 20 June – 11 July 2015. Open Thursday – Saturday 11am – 5pm (or by appointment)
Weather Station is a mobile pavilion for the collection of images, objects and ideas. An artist-led response to flooding and extreme weather, exploring the changing relationship we have with landscape and the natural world.
Cumulative rather than collaborative, the structure passes from one artist to the next, gathering traces of its journey through the streets, fields and rivers of South West England.
Weather Station (Part I) brings together new and existing work by OSR Projects associates Jethro Brice and Simon Lee Dicker alongside work by Alexander Stevenson (selected by Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset). The exhibition will also include the Weather Station structure and documentation of the journey it has taken so far.
Weather Station (Part II) will take place throughout the South West UK. Our regional partners include B-Side (Dorset), Backlane West (Cornwall), Exeter Phoenix (Devon), Hand in Glove (Bristol), Plymouth Art Centre (Devon), and Stair/Slide/Space (Hampshire). Partners will be selecting artists to host the weather station and take part in a series of exhibitions and events that will take place throughout Summer 2016.
OSR Projects artist-led projects that place people at the centre of artistic activity.
Public involvement, conversation and the sharing of ideas are part of the natural vocabulary of OSR Projects. The work we do from the OSR Project Space in West Coker and further afield, crossing cultures, is a conversation starter; it engages people through its processes of thinking and making, as well as seeking out new and unexpected ways to have impact.
Since 2011 OSR Projects have involved over 70 artists, writers, curators and cultural producers, delivering a programme of artist-led exhibitions and events that have provided a platform for contemporary visual art in rural Somerset and beyond. Previous projects have included exhibitions and events by practitioners at all stages of their careers; from emerging artists and collectives to established internationally exhibiting artists and curators.
With a mission to ‘connect people through contemporary art’ we have become instrumental in delivering diverse and challenging art-led projects that place people at the centre of artistic activity through different forms of participation.
OSR Projects was established in 2011 by artist Simon Lee Dicker & graphic designer Chantelle Henocq.
Simon Lee Dicker Born 1975 Sidcup, Kent. Lives in Somerset UK.
Simon Lee Dicker is an artist. Not so much a maker of stuff as a maker of change, he is interested in how art can connect people and ideas, changing the way we think and act. From intimate drawings and transient installations to event based social activities, each work is the start of a conversation, often exploring the paradox of being both in and of the natural world.
Oscillating between public realm projects and exhibition making he has a restless practice that is constantly on the move whilst retaining a simple playfulness, energy and intuitive thoughtfulness throughout.
Simon is a co-founder of OSR Projects and lead Artist for Weather Station. www.simonleedicker.co.uk
Alexander Stevenson Born 1981 in Maidenhead. Lives in Bristol UK
Alexander Stevenson mines information using processes usually associated with anthropologists, historians and researchers to create artworks, journeys and films. Huge fabric sculptures, live theatrical performances and narratives generated from remote locations are just some of the outcomes of these interests.
The work is informed by knowledge systems; how history is made and re-made through storytelling, objects and activities. He has previously explored how cultural activities, shared beliefs and personal myths can be appropriated, amalgamated, or re-presented.
Past activity includes a residency at Karst in Plymouth, a major new work for the Bristol Biennial, a commission for GoMA as part of Glasgow International Festival, a commission for Grand Union in Birmingham, headlining The Arches Live Festival in Glasgow, and a major commission for the fringe of the British Art Show 7 in Nottingham. www.alexanderstevenson.com
Jethro Brice Born 1984, London. Grew up in Jerusalem. Lives in Bristol, UK
Jethro Brice works across media and fields of professional practice, using found materials and borrowed languages to elicit layered histories of place. He works with other people in diverse contexts, to develop collaborative approaches for an unsettled future and a contested past.
Jethro studied environmental art at the Glasgow School of Art (2006) and was recently awarded an AHRC doctoral studentship at the University of Bristol, to develop a creative geography of change in the wider Severn estuary. With Seila Fernandez Arconada he produces Some:when (some-when.co.uk), a participatory public art project conceived in response to flooding on the Somerset levels, initiated with a grant from the Somerset Community Foundation. Recent exhibitions include Unruly Waters (Parlour Showrooms, Bristol) and The Power of the Sea (Royal West of England Academy). www.jethrobrice.com
B-Side www.b-side.org.uk, Backlane West www.backlanewest.org, Exeter Phoenix www.exeterphoenix.org.uk Hand in Glove www.handinglove.org.uk Hestercombe Gallery www.hestercombe.com/your-visit/gallery Plymouth Arts Centre www.plymouthartscentre.org Stair/Slide/Space www.stairslidespace.wordpress.com
OSR Project Space
The Old School Room, Church Street, West Coker, Somerset, UK. BA22 9BD +44 (0)1935 862201 firstname.lastname@example.org