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Ropewalkers – 3 Artist Commissions, OSR Projects

Deadline: Tuesday 5 January 2016.

Embedding contemporary art practice at the heart of Dawe’s Twineworks.

For 500 years the making of canvas and twine was the most important industry in South Somerset with Coker Canvas as the sailcloth of choice for the Navy and Pirates alike. The underlying geology of the area, the Jurassic soils and the gentle hills and streams were perfect for growing hemp and flax, the raw materials for the twine industry.

Dawe’s Twineworks is a near complete example of a late C19 twineworks, with surviving in-situ machinery and fittings which represent all the stages of manufacture and finishing of twine. It is thought to be the only rural twineworks remaining in England with all its machinery.

OSR Projects are seeking expressions of interest for three artists to make new work inspired by Dawe’s Twineworks museum and social history project in West Coker, Somerset, UK during 2016.

Visit for more information and to download a commission brief.