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Unlocking, Yard Side/Garden Side
Tuesday, 14 May 2019  7:30  
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Tuesday, 14 May 2019,  7:30 -  9:00
Contact 028 3031 3180

Unlocking, Yard Side/Garden Side

By: Raymond Watson

Launch of soundscape composed with the original keys of Crumlin Road Prison, Belfast.

Carroll Gallery Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry

The Sean Hollywood Arts Centre welcomes Raymond Watson back for this LP Launch, and he says ‘The sound recorded on this LP was created with items recovered from The Crumlin Road Prison Belfast. ‘The Crum’ as it is known, was a Belfast prison where prisoners involved in the political conflict were held on remand. I was one of those prisoners. From the closed confines of a small prison cell, external sounds – keys, grills, locks, footsteps, voices, silence and random noise often provided a visual picture of what was happening beyond the locked door - the origin of this ‘sound sculpture’ - hopefully the vision that you will have as a listener, will be generated by you, your own confined space and your interaction with this sonic experience.

‘This soundscape grew from an immersive audio visual installation that I created in 2016 and that I first exhibited in February 2017. The exhibition displayed hundreds of the keys for ‘the Crum’ and an audio track created with those same keys.

‘Items used to sculpt the sonic image that you are about to receive are hundreds of the actual Crumlin Road Prison keys and their brass and aluminium ID (identification) tags, a steel prison food tray, an original ‘prison made’ grappling hook (surreptitiously constructed by prisoners intending to escape), locks, grills, echoing memories and my own words. Additional instrumental music was created by my daughters Toraigh and Dara, on flute and harp, and the nature that blooms in the Glens. Whether they know it or not, both of my beautiful daughters have spent a lifetime collaborating with me on this ‘sound sculpture’ and on everything else that I have done and will do in the future.’

Adm: FREE 7.30 p.m.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT SEAN HOLLYWOOD ARTS CENTRE ON 028 3031 3180 OR e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Location Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
1A Bank Parade
BT35 6HP
028 3031 3180
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