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Caretakers: Museum of London – Marta
The Caretakers invites you inside 6 UK museums in the last month of lockdown. Your hosts are those who have been caring for the collections in our absence- security and buildings teams. They’ve spent time making audio recordings of themselves talking while alone during their shifts. Artist Eloise Moody has been working closely with them to create the audio and to shape it into the series which you can now hear.
“I knew that this project had all the ingredients to be good, but I couldn’t know it would be quite so special. Through the eyes of these Caretakers, we are allowed a rare glimpse, not just into the closed museum spaces, and the quiet collections, but into the lives and reflections of the people who find themselves often the sole inhabitants of these usually thriving places.”
Each piece feels intimate and personal – a gift. You want to listen carefully because you might never get this chance again. What they say is beautiful and interesting and moving and funny. But you can also hear each person thinking, you can hear them sigh and you can hear them laugh as they share their thoughts with you while they go on their patrols, as they sit in chairs they’ve never tried before or as they find themselves in grand echoey rooms all alone.
Everything is about to change again- museums are getting ready to reopen.
Thank you Marta, Alex, Steve, Ciara, John and Gum – our Caretakers – who let us in.
The first recording is from Marta at Museum of London. @caretakertales
Artist In Residence Series: Aleasha Chaunte
Artist and community organiser Aleasha Chaunte is based in Liverpool, and has been supported by our Time and Space residency series. While developing her performance project ‘Protagonist’ she co-runs the Humanise community film club, bringing members of the local community together to watch films and discuss how we support each other and what it means to be human. ‘Protagonist’ was recently performed as a work in progress at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool.
Artist in Residence Series: Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw – Split Britches
Founded in New York in 1980, Split Britches: Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, and Deb Margolin, has continued for 40 years with the performance work of Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw, who have been in residence with Metal in Peterborough during November 2019. Since it’s inception, Split Britches have been committed to working with women, women of color, and LGBTQ+ communities. More recently their work has been centred within a community of elders. Here is a short film of Weaver and Shaw talking about their residency at Metal Peterborough, working on their new project Last Gasp which is a call and response to the precarities of ageing and of our age.
The Space In-Between (Berlin)
On November 16th 2019, The Space In-Between, Berlin edition took place. The evening was a celebration of mess, musings, glitter and protest. The featured artists, from across the UK and Berlin, explored ideas of otherness though dance, love art and sound, film and discussion.
UK-Russia Year of Music: Aneliya Avtandilova
From October 14th to November 13th Metal musician Aneliya Avtandilova was our artist in residence on behalf of British Council’s UK-Russia Year of Music program. During her residency she composed, recorded and performed “Mass,” a secular-choral piece that responds to languages and phrases of specific localities. The performance of “Mass” was part of an event titled ’15 Minutes with…’ including performances by Daniel Thorne, George Maund and Forest Swords.
More information about the composition can be found on Aneliya’s website: https://www.aavtandilova.com/mass
The project was supported by The British Council, Metal, Rush, PRS for Music Foundation and Ministry for Foreign Affairs Russian Agency. Special thanks to Andrew Ellis, Andrew PM Hunt, Nina Franklin, Jon Davies, Kate Hazeldine, James Canty.
Film directed and edited by Bob Wass.
Littlewoods Heritage Project: Launch Event
An event celebrating the launch of Littlewoods Heritage Project on 4th July 2019 at Liverpool John Moores University.
The project aims to record and preserve the history of the iconic Littlewoods building on Edge Lane, its former workers and the legacy of Littlewoods. As part of the renovation process, the project will work with artists and local community groups to create a new artwork that reflects the history of the Edge Lane building before it begins its new life as ‘Littlewoods Studios’.
Artist In Residence Series: Claire Collison
Writer and artist Claire Collison has been in residence at Metal in Liverpool, Peterborough and Southend. Ever since being diagnosed with breast cancer, and deciding not to have reconstructive surgery following her mastectomy, Claire has been asking: ‘Why are the thousands of women like me so hidden?’. During her residency she researched local versions of her participatory walk: ‘An Intimate Tour of Breasts‘. Along with developing her single-breasted life modelling monologue, Truth Is Beauty.
Carmen Papalia : Artists in Residence
Artist and disability advocate Carmen Papalia has been in residence with Metal in Peterborough during October 2019. Carmen’s work takes the form of participatory public projects from walks, workshops and interventions, to model new standards and practices in the area of accessibility. Whilst in residence he performed one of his non-visual promenades. Here is a short film of Carmen in conversation with artist Kate Marsh, talking about the themes he has been exploring.
Each year, through different projects, forums, volunteering and work experience the Metal team find ways for young people to gain insight and experience in the arts and creative industries. This year in the six months leading up to Village Green, 192 Southend teenagers helped curate, plan and deliver the festival whilst learning valuable tips from industry experts. Watch our 3 minute film to find out more.
Artist in Residence Series: Ali Eisa and Milly Peck
Ali Eisa and Milly Peck came into residence with Metal at Chalkwell Hall as part of a wider project Artist Village curated by Jon Kipps. The residency was in two parts, spending time in Southend in April 2019 to research and gather ideas. The second, in July 2019 to create a new site-specific artwork for Village Green, Metal’s art and music festival, hosted in Chalkwell Park. The works launched at the festival and then remained on public exhibition for one month.
Artist in Residence Series: Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman
Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman came into residence with Metal in Southend to develop new work together, inviting collaborators to come and spend time with them exploring ideas around bodies, space and punk music. Here, they talk to each other about the benefits of taking time out to explore ideas without pressure to create ‘product’ at the end.
You can read more about them and their time at Metal here.
Artist in Residence Series: Dean Atta and Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie
Dean Atta (UK) and Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie (Indonesia) are both writers who spent a month in residence with Metal in Southend as part of our Essex Writers House in March 2019 – a partnership with Essex Book Festival. This film captures them in conversation, talking about what they have been working on while in residence and the benefits of having time and space to explore new ideas and work.
Ziggy was supported to come into residence from Indonesia by the British Council. Dean’s residency was supported by Arts Council England.