Things lead on, one from another. As a result of doing the Scrapheap Orchestra television documentary I was approached to do the Smart Meter project, this in turn led onto being asked to do this project and the next project The Northern Lights. All of these projects I have yet to write the posts for, maybe one day I will actually have the time to do it!
Brass Remade is a multi disciplinary project inspired by ‘Perpetual Canon’ by Cornelia Parker which was recently exhibited at The Civic in Barnsley as part of the Brassed Off exhibition in Autumn 2016. There are loads of organisations dipping their fingers in the pie, but the project would not have been possible without funding by Art Council England.
Lucy Pankhurst created the musical score, James Nash has written the performance poetry and I have created a selection of instruments made from recycling broken brass instruments. Each of us, the “creative participants” held a series of workshops with four schools from around the area giving the children the opportunity to learn and experiment with writing music and poetry and designing instruments. It was these workshops that the inspiration for the music and poetry came from, and (erm) the instruments.
The promotion above is advertising the performance. Two of the schools involved seemingly fell off the face of the earth which is basically just rude and unprofessional but thankfully the other two schools stepped up to fill the breach. As an aside it was amazing the difference between schools when We went around to deliver the instruments – some places were just bloody miserable, with surly staff, misbehaving kids and angry teachers, the next school really happy places with friendly staff, happy excitable kids and smiling teachers; chalk and cheese, I know which place I would choose to send my kids. Anyway support the even if you can, and at some point I will post the videos showing in detail what I made.