Simon Lee Dicker

/Co-Founder/Director

Simon is an artist and co-founder of OSR Projects, born within the ring of the M25, now living and working between East and West Coker in rural in Somerset. As part of Simon’s practice, OSR Projects was established in 2011 to connect with other artists and help creativity to grow in South Somerset and the South West. Simon is passionate about bringing people together to explore how creative dialogue, in its many forms, can make life richer and have a tangible effect the places where we live, work and play.

As a director of OSR Projects Simon looks after artist development, creative direction and partnership projects.

 


Chantelle Henocq

/Co-Founder/Director

Chantelle was born in Belgium, her father was an engineer and her mother was a breeder of budgerigars. Chantelle has over 20 years experience in design, having worked at three top London graphic design agencies, and she continues to produce design work for independent artists, creative organisations, museums and theatres. osrdesign.co.uk

Chantelle is a founding co-director of OSR Projects, and looks after our volunteer programme, community outreach, design and branding.

 


Rowan Lear

/Director

Rowan Lear is an artist and writer, raised on the wild, west coast of Scotland. In her time living in the South West, Rowan has been co-director of Bristol Biennial (2014-17), non-executive director of B-side (2017-19), co-producer of Art in Bearpit with Hand in Glove (2015), and managed communications for Arnolfini (2016) and Situations (2014-2015). Rowan is passionate about widening engagement and increasing access to the arts in weird and wonderful (and plainspeaking) ways. She worked on the inaugural Od Arts Festival in 2018, and is coming back for more.

Rowan is a non-executive director of OSR Projects from 2019, and has oversight of public engagement, fundraising and development.


Bob Gelsthorpe

/Director

Bob Gelsthorpe is an artist and writer based in Cardiff, Wales. He works independently and collaboratively in film, broadcast and curatorial projects that push forward a narrative of decentralisation. Recent projects include Don’t Wax the Coping, Spit & Sawdust, Cardiff (2019), Od Arts Festival (2018) as co-curator, and As it Waits, Until it Lasts, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea (2017). bobgelsthorpe.com

Bob is a non-executive director of OSR Projects from 2019.


Jo Bickerton

/Director

Jo was born and grew up in South Wales. She studied medicine at Southampton Uni and then worked in various places along the south coast of England, interspersed with a year working in New Zealand.

Jo moved to East Coker in 2007 with her husband and 3 kids. She loves being a part of the village community.

Jo spends her time busy with family life, gardening and running with her mad springer spaniel. She is a governor at East Coker Primary School. Jo is also a passionate supporter of Welsh rugby and has a love of submarine films.

Jo says “My eyes have been opened to the art world through exhibitions and events at OSR”,  almost all of which she has attended! She has been a volunteer at both Od Arts Festivals and is a member of the Od Arts Festival Committee since 2017.

Jo is a non-executive director of OSR Projects from 2022.


Sam Jukes

/Director

Sam is an artist and educator living and working in West Dorset. Wild places, vivid colour and big sounds influence his creative practice, which encompasses painting, collage, found objects and sound installation.

As course leader for the art foundation and creative degrees at Weymouth College, Sam nurtures creativity and radical play. A recent student project is the annual festival, The Friendly Society of Artistic Labourers, collaborating with Shire Hall, Dorchester (2020) and Nothe Fort, Weymouth (2021).

Through engagement with artists, organisations and educators, Sam aims to enrich the cultural landscape of this part of the Southwest.

Sam is a non-executive director of OSR Projects from 2022.