A series of site specific contemporary visual arts commissions to be presented across Somerset during Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2015 (3rd to 18th October 2015), in any media, taking a different approach to the theme of ‘Momentum’, setting the work within different environments and communities of Somerset.

Rebecca Moss, Alice Maddicott and Simon Lee Dicker have been selected to create site specific commissions for Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2015. This is part of Momentum – Somerset Art Works’ creative programme for the next two years which has received funding from Arts Council England Lottery Funding.

Rebecca Moss will be investigating the restoration of Bridgwater’s Castle House, one of the first buildings in the UK to use ornamental and structural concrete. Rebecca makes a link between Castle House and the coastal communities where concrete is an important material in flood defence

Rebecca said: “The idea of momentum often implies a forward trajectory, and I can see a clear parallel with restoration being a carrying forward of ideas – a restorer enables a building’s momentum, and its past significance to continue communicating to contemporary audiences. Momentum also relates to the resilience of concrete – a material developed to be strong and permanent.”

Alice Maddicott will create a Car Boot Museum which will travel to villages, towns, schools and markets across Somerset. Visitors will be invited to contribute to the museum: write their own ideas and memories of the area and add them to the Car Boot Museum. She will be joined for part of the journey by the poet Ana Seferovic, with whom she will create some site-specific text. The final display will be a collection of objects, sounds, text and images, created by Alice and her collaborators.

Alice said: “I have long been interested in the secret history of objects and the nature of how we interact with them in a typical museum space – personal archives and collections and how a car boot sale sometimes feels like an alternative museum experience.”

Simon Lee Dicker takes his lead from the physical processes involved in the production of twine and the social impact of the twine industry. Working with Dawes Twineworks in West Coker, Simon will produce a series of work in responding to the factory’s heritage, history and the connection with the community in the area.

Simon said: “Momentum is the thread that holds the Dawes Twineworks together. Situated on the old London/Cornwall road it is, and has always been, a place to pass through. With an industry built of moving parts. Propelling pirates, explorers and athletes around the world.”

The commissions will be showcased during Somerset Art Weeks from 3 to 18 October.

About the Artists:

Rebecca Moss
Sculpture, video, installation
Based in London

Education: BA (First Class), Camberwell College of Arts
2014 – The Tomorrow People, Elevator Gallery, London
2013/14 – Lifeboat Residency Award (Artquest, ArtsTemps, ACAVA studios)
2013 – CAISSA Rising Artists – Today Art Museum, Beijing
2013 – Leverhulme Art Scholars show, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge.
2013 – Judges’ Discretionary Award for Woon Art Prize (BALTIC and Northumbria University)

Alice Maddicott
Artist, writer, educator
Based in Somerset

Education: MA Creative Writing, Bath Spa University; MA (hons) Art history, University of Edinburgh
2015 – The Chancery of Lost and Found, Bath Literature Festival
2015 – Publication: The City
2014 – The Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol
2013 – Performance: Belgrade International Poetry Festival
2008 – Chosen writer and artist, Bucharest Metroarts project
2007 – British Council Serbian Writing Exchange

Simon Lee Dicker
Artist, curator
Based in Somerset

Education – BA (hons) Fine Art, Kent Institute of Art and Design
2014 – Palaces & Cabins (collaborative exhibition), Salisbury Art Centre, UK
2013 – Creative Retreat – Curated by Lindsey Fryer, Chrissie Tiller and Caroline Thompson Crear, Argyll & Bute, UK
2012 – Gift: Share.Remix.Re-Use (Group Show), Weissensee Kunsthochschule, Berlin, Germany
2011 – The Moment Of Privacy Has Passed (Group Show) The Collection, Lincoln, UK
2011 – Founding OSR Projects, Somerset
2009/10 – Public art commission: Chalk Pit Archipelago, Tamworth Fieldworks, Milton Pier, Portsmouth, UK.

Momentum Open Call is part of two years creative programme of Somerset Art Works. For more information: http://somersetartworks.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/current-projects/momentum/