STAND Music & Words Workshop

ByTom Bailey

STAND Music & Words Workshop

We’re excitied to be working with a major national arts project coming to the Tetley in September.

STAND Workshop

Friday 27th September, 11am – 3pm

Free!

The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10

To book your place email Tom at [email protected]

Join us for an exciting creative writing and music workshop experience, and become a part of a major new artwork by artist Mel Brimfield and composer Gwyneth Herbert – to be shown in arts centres around the country in 2020.

At a time of disastrous austerity cuts within the mental health sector, we are building an epic, multi-speaker installation that gives voice to all those affected – from service users and survivors, through to carers, families and researchers – and we need your  voices to be a part of it!

We are inviting you to to take part in a free, dynamic and playful singing / songwriting workshop which explores emotions and subjects around the topic of mental health, such as isolation and connection; loneliness and community; anxiety and healing; the loss, finding and sharing of voice. Through an interactive explosion of the song-writing process, participants will be given an insight into finding inspiration and overcoming blocks, developing lyrics, harmonic sequences and melodies, building sound collages and using the voice as an instrument – giving them a kind of song-writing “toolkit” to take with them on their own creative and therapeutic practices.

Individual stories, experiences and creative output will be also collected from each workshop and directly inspire our final epic choral composition. This will be written, recorded for and “sung” by a multi-speaker installation that forms a circle of witnesses around the central voice, and the heart of the piece – an extraordinary recording collected at the National Psychosis Unit of a patient reciting the middle 8 from Elvis Presley’s ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’. Housed within a collaboratively designed sculptural object built  in partnership with UK Men’s Sheds and Men’s Sheds Cymru,  each speaker will represent a different voice within a non-hierarchical, invisible choir which – at least  speculatively – erodes the often problematic divisions between clinicians and patients.

At the core of both process and artwork is the belief in creativity and community to support wellness, invite transformation and promote understanding,  along with a desire to unite and celebrate organisations who provide these ever-more crucial opportunities.  We invite you to bring your voice, explore your words, and help us make a STAND.

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