Saturday 4th August

3pm-3:45pm, The Edge, Free Entry

Sound Escape: Portrait of a Place

Is a sound art and video presentation that comes out of Workshop 24’s socially engaged art practice. The project was a collaboration between Bill Laybourne and Helen Garbett as artists and a group of young people with learning disabilities and autism. It was designed to enable the group to explore their local heritage, learn new skills, experience the world in differently, and to share their voice and often overlooked strengths and abilities with others. 

The project took place between December 2017 and May 2018 and was focused on Riverside House in Stourbridge, the site of an old iron works. 

The group and artists together went through a process of ‘deep listening’, recording soundscapes, making sounds using found materials and playing sounds isolated from those recordings using keyboards, and finally using graphic collage and chance techniques to organise the sound into a final sound piece with what we have called the ‘Sound Escape Machine’. Helen then produced a video in response to the sound machine’s output and this was presented with the young people to local people on May 10th.

Workshop 24 will present a description of the work’s artistic and social processes and examples of its various sound and visual elements, involving the young people themselves alongside the artists. This will be followed by a showing of the work in full and a short question and answer session and response to the work from the audience.