THURSDAY 27 MAY

A woman lies on the ground, with her head on a large piece of paper. Her right hand holds a stick of charcoal, with which she is drawing concentric circles around her body.

3 Em[bed]ding circle – Katrina Brown
Thursday 27 May, 7pm
Online / Free and unticketed
Performance streaming on @odartsfest IGTV

What traces do we leave behind?

A solitary performer works low on the ground with charcoal and paper. Over time, the graphic, material and acoustic residues of her drawing score spread, entangle and resonate across the site. You are free to walk around, come close, or view from afar.


FRIDAY 28 MAY

Bibliotherapy for the Anthropocene with Bram Thomas Arnold
Friday 28 May, 6am-7.30am
Online / £4 / Booking required

Bibliotherapy for the Anthropocene is a performance in the guise of a reading group, a faux-Quaker meeting, a reconvening of the Dead Poets Society. No prior reading is necessary, all participants will receive reading material as part of the invitation in advance. Must have booked by Sun 23 May to attend. Missed it? See Sun 6 June for second event.

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A blonde woman sits behind a desk, which is located on a shingle beach. Above her head is a large sign, reading: Boyfriend Auditions

G.S.O.H. with Sadie Hennessy
Friday 28 May, 11am – 1pm & 2 – 4pm
Recreation Ground, West Coker / Free / Drop-in

The Boyfriend Auditions explore artist Sadie Hennessy’s own aloneness. Hennessy invites you to come and tell her your favourite joke.

two ladies dancing wearing headphones on thie heads

A Vital Connection is Made with Zoe Toolan
Friday 28 May, 4 – 6pm
Starting & finishing at Coker Court, East Coker
Outdoors / £4 / Booking required

Walk and talk through the countryside in search of a phone signal, to hear a specially created online playlist centred around the theme of loneliness. Then pay homage to the community vibe of the 90s rave scene by dancing together. And A Vital Connection is Made celebrates the power of both human and internet connection to bring us together.

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SATURDAY 29 MAY

Ceramics Workshop with Perrott Hill
Saturday 29 May, 10am – 1pm (45 minute sessions)
Dawe’s Twineworks, West Coker / £4 / Booking required

Year 8 Pupils from Perrott Hill School will guide you through the process to make slipware ceramics dishes inspired by the festival theme ‘Alone with Everybody’.

All children must be accompanied by adults

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two ladies dancing wearing headphones on thie heads

A Vital Connection is Made with Zoe Toolan
Saturday 29 May, 11am-1pm
Starting & finishing at OSR Projects, West Coker
Outdoors / £4 / Booking required

Walk and talk through the countryside in search of a phone signal, to hear a specially created online playlist centred around the theme of loneliness. Then pay homage to the community vibe of the 90s rave scene by dancing together. And A Vital Connection is Made celebrates the power of both human and internet connection to bring us together.

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Purple anorak full or esstentials

Cord-making workshop with Anna Chrystal Stephens
Saturday 29 May, 1-2pm & 3-4pm
Dawe’s Twineworks, West Coker
Outdoors / Booking required / £4

Join artist Anna Chrystal Stephens to make your own lengths of cord with natural and recycled materials.

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A blonde woman sits behind a desk, which is located on a shingle beach. Above her head is a large sign, reading: Boyfriend Auditions

G.S.O.H. with Sadie Hennessy
Saturday 29 May
drop in – 11am – 1pm & 2 – 4pm, Paddock, East Coker

The Boyfriend Auditions explore artist Sadie Hennessy’s own aloneness. Hennessy invites you to come and tell her your favourite joke.

tea cosy with a sea bird painted on it

Drawing workshop with Ben Sanderson
Saturday 29 May, 3 – 5:30pm
Dawe’s Twineworks, West Coker
Outdoors / £4 / Booking required

Join artist Ben Sanderson for a range of drawing activities with a focus on plants.

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Tango Therapy with Heidi Kilpeläinen
Saturday 29 May, 6pm
Online / Free – £4 / Booking required
Free to watch, booking still required.

The artist will sing to one person at a time, online via Zoom, while the rest of the audience listens. The listener can choose to sing back to the artist, in any language. Tango Therapy is an intimate and personal exchange of songs, without amplification. Understanding the lyrics is not necessary: melody and sentiment cross the borders of language.

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SUNDAY 30 MAY

black and white old image of Burton in East Coker, a lone figure standing in the road

Lonely Songs workshop with Phil Owen
Sunday 30 May, 2 – 4pm
Dawe’s Twineworks, West Coker
Outdoors / £4 / Booking required

Join Phil Owen in a special workshop where you will learn a selection of songs from in and around East and West Coker, and find out about the people who sang them.

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A blonde woman sits behind a desk, which is located on a shingle beach. Above her head is a large sign, reading: Boyfriend Auditions

G.S.O.H. with Sadie Hennessy
Sunday 30 May, 11am – 2pm
Hardington Moor / Free / Drop in

The Boyfriend Auditions explore artist Sadie Hennessy’s own aloneness. Hennessy invites you to come and tell her your favourite joke.

collage, spoon with cream, slice of cake, blue picnic cloth and a upsidedown plate and hand

A Moveable Feast with Fairland Collective
Sunday 30 May, 12-3pm
Dawe’s Twineworks, West Coker
Outdoors / £5pp / Booking required

Join a shared but distanced meal by collecting a specially prepared takeaway picnic from the only surviving Victorian twineworks with its original machinery. Pick up a parcel to parade to your favourite location in the Cokers. Expect multiple courses, food to surprise and transport, toasts to read aloud to your dining companions, and your own personal tablecloth.

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EVENTS AFTER THE FESTIVAL WEEKEND

A group of people walk through the countryside, talking in pairs

The Walking Reading Group: On Care
Mon 31 May,
2 – 5pm
Online and Outdoor / £4 / Booking required

Through selected texts, explore different ways of thinking about loneliness and being alone, rural remoteness and artists’ experiences of solitude. A series of intimate exchanges will emerge over an hour walk through the landscape. Participants will be paired up, exchange numbers and set out for an hour-long walk, connecting with another over the phone. You’ll be invited to share observations with others from different geographies when we reconvene on Zoom for the traditional post-walk pub chat.

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A digitally-rendered image, showing the end of a giant pencil, above a figure and what looks like a paint tray, amid digital debris, a small brown cardboard box opens in the corner.

Digital Collage with Duncan Poulton
Wed 2 June, 7-8:30pm
Online / £4 / Booking required

Join artist Duncan Poulton for a workshop which offers an introduction to techniques for mining and misusing the web for creative reuse. Attendees will learn to delve deep into the internet to find images which have been lost and or hidden by search engines, and have a hands-on demonstration of how to make their own digital collages from the materials they gather. The workshop will be delivered using the open-source image editing software GIMP.

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Bibliotherapy for the Anthropocene with Bram Thomas Arnold
Sunday 6 June, 7.30-9pm
Online / £4 / Booking required

Bibliotherapy for the Anthropocene is a performance in the guise of a reading group, a faux-Quaker meeting, a reconvening of the Dead Poets Society. No prior reading is necessary, all participants will receive reading material as part of the invitation in advance. Must have booked by Sun 23 May to attend. NOTE: Booking will close on Monday 31 May to allow advance posting of reading material. Booking for Bibliotherapy for the Anthropocene on Friday 28 May closes 23 May.

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To keep everyone safe, our events have strictly limited places. All welcome – no previous experience necessary for any workshops or events. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

To join a workshop or event you will need to book online via Eventbrite.

If the cost of an event is a barrier, we are happy to offer a free place (no questions asked) – please email info@odartsfestival.co.uk.