ABOUT 2021

two girls dancing wearing headphones in a field with sheep and tess in the background. ALone with Everybody text over laid

Od Arts Festival returned in May 2021, bringing exhibitions, performances, film and workshops by local and international artists to not-so-sleepy Somerset. New and specially-sited artworks will pop up around the villages of East Coker and West Coker, in cafes, halls, houses, chapels and fields, and also online for a special digital programme.

Devised before the hiatus of the global pandemic, the guiding theme for the festival of ‘Alone with Everybody’, explores loneliness – what it is, how we continue to experience it, where it comes from, and how it might be addressed. A programme of playful, experimental and performative artworks probed different aspects of aloneness, and asked visitors to discuss how it might be liberating as well as difficult to be alone.

Hope you enjoyed it

The Od Arts Festival team (Simon, Vickie, Chantelle & Rowan)

*subject to government guidelines

We would also like to thank all that helped make this arts festival happen, with thanks


2021 Gallery

2021 GALLERY

A selection of photographs by:
Brendan Buesnel
George Wright
Amelia Carvell
Katy Docking


2021 ARTISTS

2021 ARTISTS

man wraped in a mustard coloured duvet with a moustache

NATASHA CANTWELL

ROSSELLA NISIO

An computer generated image of an island in tropical seas.

JAKOB KUDSK STEENSEN

RUTH WATERS

A person's face in close-up, underwater with eyes closed. The water is cold and blue, and water bubbles pass the camera.

LAURENCE DUBE-RUSHBY

An animation still of a woman with lilac hair, wearing only a tshirt with short hairs on her legs, sitting on a cloud in a colourful pink and purple sky.

EDEN MITSENMACHER

MARCY SAUDE

HEIDI KILPELÄINEN

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

THE WALKING READING GROUP

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.

DUNCAN POULTON

VERITY COWARD

Bright orange paper mache blob like sculpture with stick legs wearing football boots

ISIS WHITEAWAY

A hand-drawn and coloured image of a pyramid-shaped shelter, comprised of a wooden frame and thatched hay

PETTER YXELL

seated man starring from his ticket cabin for a big wheel

ADAM TURNER

two ladies dancing wearing headphones on thie heads

ZOE TOOLAN

Four women of different ages in aprons holding clay objects including a glazed spoon, a flower-holder and a bowl. They are standing in a library.

FAIRLAND COLLECTIVE

black tea cosy revealing a colourful butterfly

BEN SANDERSON

ANNA CHRYSTAL STEPHENS

BRAM THOMAS ARNOLD

A woman with long dark hair and a leather necklace blows a bubble gum at her webcam

TIM MILLS

KATRINA BROWN

Concrete cast legs on a wooden gym floor

TANIA KOVATS

Black noticeboard with little white letters writing the text of the artwork

DYLAN FOX

An image of a white-veiled woman in a bridal dress, wearing sunglasses and looking to the horizon against a blue sky

SADIE HENNESSY

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

PHIL OWEN

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