LISTEN has been in development for the last 18 months. During that time Mel Day from our Programming Group, curator Helen Ottaway and trustee Rebecca Morland have been working on planning, commissioning and fundraising. And with some success, including Black Swan Arts’ first major grant from Art Council England for some time.
They are mounting a crowdfunder campaign to raise £4000. This will enable them to commission new pieces of sound art from well-known artists.
LISTEN is an ambitious undertaking. But with your help we can create a summer long celebration of sound, with something for everyone and loads of potential for conversation and sharing. Please pledge your support and help us make LISTEN happen.
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“I am thrilled that Black Swan Arts has asked me to curate this season and delighted to be able to work with Frome’s amazing arts community as well as bringing some wonderful sound artists to Frome. “
LISTEN curator, Helen Ottaway
Alongside the exhibitions, installations and events, LISTEN will have an information and listening hub in the Round Tower where you can immerse yourself in a library of sound art and related films. You will be able to respond to the things you have heard within and beyond Black Swan Arts through our Call and Response Wall. You can hear about deep listening and experience the vibrations of a gong massage and you can take part in talks and workshops. Frome FM will be broadcasting from LISTEN too. There will be chances to relax in the Round Tower hub and courtyard to chilled out DJ sessions.
The idea of creating a season of Sound Art was the brainchild of Mel Day, one of Black Swan Arts Programming Group of Artists. Mel has been a practising artist and educator for 30 years. She has been part of the BSA programming team for 3 years, assisting withy the design of the Gallery programme and curating exhibitions. She has managed and led publicly funded projects including Bath Festivals children’s parade. projects for Home in Frome and most recently Light the Night lantern procession with over 1,000 participants.
Helen Ottaway is the creative lead for the season as well as being actively involved in presenting existing and new work with Artmusic. She has over 30 years experience creating, curating and contributing to publicly funded projects, particularly in London and the South West. Alongside directing Artmusic she writes music and creates sound installations independently, working with a wide range of organisations and artists including BBC, Inside Out Dorset, Salisbury Festival and Bath Film Festival and the First International Festival of Human Rights in Colombo, Sri Lanka.