Umbrella in the Stairwell, an event that I contributed to as a part of the Umbrella sound art collective, was by all accounts a raging success. Everyone that was involved did a fantastic job and we received a large audience that was really receptive to everything that we presented to them. Furthermore, we were able to successfully adapt the fairly unassuming space of a stairwell into a stage for performance and spectacle, utilising the room to create a unique listening and viewing experience.
Umbrella is Belfast-based sound art collective that recently started up a few months ago. They had their first public event HEAR YOUS on Culture Night 2017 (22 September). I’m happy to say that I’m joining the collective for their second public event, which is taking place in the stairwell of the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) in Queen’s University, Belfast.
The night is going to consist of several performances from different members of the collective in different parts of the stairwell. There’s some pretty interesting things in the works for the event, including: choir performances based on electrical drones; transducers being place on stair bannisters; and much more.
On the night, I’ll be collaborating with Liam McCartan. He will be performing some of his recent compositions. I’ll being responding to his compositions using some audio-reactive visuals. It all feels pretty pretty exciting.
The event will take place on 12 December 2017 at 7:30pm. See you there!
I’ve recently moved to Dublin to start working for Visual Artists Ireland, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping artists at all stages in their careers. For the past 20 years they’ve published a news sheet every two months. I’m the new Production Editor for the news sheet and we’ve just published the latest issue. It’s a special issue on painting that covers all areas of painting practice in Ireland and beyond. I’m really proud to have worked on it. It’s rammed with great articles, columns and reviews of painting exhibitions happening all over the place. It’s been a blast and a real education for me.
If you want to have a read of it, some the feature articles and critiques are available to read on our website. If you want a physical copy, you can become a member/friend of Visual Artists Ireland via their website.
I’ll let you all know when the next issue is out. It’s shaping up to be another good’un!
Thanks to everyone who came down last Saturday for the performance of I am Sitting in a Vault. We all had an amazing time. I’m still pretty astounded we packed out the reception of the bank with people. I did not expect so many people to be interested.
Here’s some pictures that different people took from the event.
I am pleased to announce that as a part of the East Side Arts Festival in Belfast this year, I will be putting on the sound art event I am Sitting in a Vault. I am putting on the event with the help of my friends Richard Bailie, and Constance Keane (AKA Fears).