Thursday, March 15, 2012

CULTIVATE 2: A Gift for Somerset - Call to artists

28 April - 7 June 2012
The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre
Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JL
A Reveal Somerset project

From pin badges or artisan cheese to pandas, gifts often represent something unique and emblematic about their place of origin. They are offered as a way of saying ‘I was here’, ‘This is what we are about’, or ‘we want you to share in the identity of this place'.

Artists from around the world are invited to send gifts to Somerset, representing some aspect of their own locality. They may be bought, found, made, or conceptual gifts – including instructions for other artists or visitors to carry out, ideas or policies - which will accumulate in and around The Brewhouse throughout the exhibition.

You will receive a gift back with an invitation to ‘exhibit’ it in your community, which might be as simple as placing it on a bench in your local park. You will be helping to create a global exhibition spread across time and space, with little pieces of local identity transposed from one cultural context to another, maybe acquiring new meanings on the way. We also plan to produce a publication featuring all the gifts and givers, to be distributed locally and to participating artists.

Somerset based transitional artists group OSR Projects will be selecting gifted instructions to enact or make into reality.
This project is led by artist Simon Lee Dicker (OSR Projects) and independent curator Karen MacDonald with support from Tim Martin and the Brewhouse team.

To be involved:
E-mail conceptual gifts to
Physical gifts can be sent to:
Cultivate 2: A Gift for Somerset
c/o The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre
Coal Orchard
Please send the following information with the gift:
Your name / organisation name
Your location
E-mail address if you’d like to share it
Gift title / description
Where is the gift from?
What made you choose it?
Anything else you’d like to tell us

We look forward to your contribution.

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