The second round of Peshkar’s Crisis Commissions programme is called ‘Communicate’. In April, we launched an open call for artists to get in touch with us about a project they wanted to get off the ground. Some of these were lockdown specific, some were ideas that had been flying around looking for a home for a while. We dedicated most of May to having conversations with these artists, making connections, shaping ideas and eventually, commissioning some of them.
Here are the artists and artworks that were commissioned in this first iteration of the project…
When You Wish… by Richard Hughes
Richard Hughes is one of the artists commissioned by Peshkar through our Crisis Commissions programme and he needs your help!
‘I am asking people to send me long single notes, drones or recordings of found sounds that are long single or repetitive sounds.
These sounds will be collected and arranged to re-create ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ from the soundtrack of the film, Pinocchio. I have slowed this piece down so that it lasts 57 minutes; this will allow me to organize these long notes. The piece will subsequently be sped back up to become a collection of many peoples’ contributions.
I would like these sounds to reflect your sense of belonging and community at this time. This might be reflected in how you play/sing the note or perhaps the source of any recorded found sound hold these connotations for you. I would like to present the work alongside a photograph of yourself with a short sentence saying how these sounds reflect your feelings.’
Richard is looking for young people, adults and families from a range of different communities to record these sounds and contribute to his final artwork.
You can send your recordings by We Transfer to email@example.com and e-mail me with your comments and photographs
Responses will be posted at: https://www.richardhughes.org.uk/when-you-wish and the final piece will be showcased on the Peshkar website when it is complete.
Emily is a creative facilitator from Cheshire who put together an engagement project for young people to get involved with drama and creative writing while stuck at home.
Sung is a dancer and choreographer and Lucy is a visual artist and theatre designer. At the start of lockdown, they began a collaboration that involved sharing their practice in the form of a conversation. Here are some of the artworks that they created.
Susanna is a theatre maker and clowning artist based in Hulme, South Manchester. She wanted to engage people in her local area in using art to project forward to beyond the lockdown with the stimulus ‘One this is over…’. These written pieces were blended together with images and printed into a series of posters that were used to create a pop-up gallery in the ‘ginnels’ of Hulme, bringing light and life to a dark time. You can explore the work here https://oncethisisover.squarespace.com/media and on the Instagram account here https://www.instagram.com/oncethisis_over/
Richard is a sound artist based in Bristol. His piece explored themes of hope and community through a rendering of the Pinocchio classic ‘When you wish upon a star…’ The piece was created using crowd sourced sounds provided by the general public.
You can hear the piece here https://soundcloud.com/user-809778429/when-you-wish and Richard invited the public to join him to listen on 29th August at 8.30pm when Jupiter and Saturn were visible alongside the moon in the night sky over at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTG2SH8_i_s&feature=youtu.be
Miriam is an artist and animator based in Stockholm, Sweden who explored the stories of young lesbians through lockdown. She wanted to learn more about how women were managing their coming out stories during this time, whether they were out at the time of lockdown or still finding their way to this big moment.
Her website is here https://www.miriamivanoff.com and we will share the completed work with you as soon as it is ready.
Sian is a visual artist based in Sheffield and her project invited children, adults and families to respond to stimulus and create their own art as part of the Stay At Home Art Club #PeshkarSAHAC.
The project ran throughout July with x people taking part and submitting their work to the online gallery. You can view the challenges and the pieces that were shared here https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/peshkarsahac/
‘The workshop was absolutely fantastic. I felt very lucky to be on it’
Sita and Kamal are a theatre/ movement director and writer pairing who are experts in creating audio drama. They came together to help practitioners across the UK explore this as a medium for creating new performance work as themselves or with participatory groups in these socially distanced times. The workshop was attended by artists and practitioners from all over the UK.