Suffolk's nature to take centre stage at artists' residency
PUBLISHED: 12:05 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:46 04 April 2018
A fundraising campaign to help start an brand new artists' residency which takes advantage of the Suffolk coast has been launched.
The Suffolk Soundcamp, to take place in the Gunton Warren area of Lowestoft, will see ten sound artists descend on the landscape and take part in a global 24-hour live radio broadcast which will stream the sounds of nature on International Dawn Chorus Day, when nature is at its clearest.
The pilot scheme, organised by 23-year-old Danielle Ash, from Lowestoft, will run from Saturday, May 5, to Sunday, May 6, and is planned to be the precursor to a bigger, more public event in future years.
As well as the opportunity for artists to explore nature, there will be opportunities for the public to experience the best of Gunton Warren with a guided tour from Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
Ms Ash said: “The main aim is to promote the area. We have so much to offer on our doorstep and it is about opening up these spaces to the public.
“A couple of the artists will be hosting an art workshop with a local charity and other artists there will be working on their own art.
She added: “I love the Gunton area of Lowestoft because it is such a lovely area, and the artists will be based in and among the nature.”
The livestream will see artists record live sounds from the camp and send them to a 24-hour broadcast called Reveil, which will start just before daybreak at Rotherhithe, near the Greenwich Meridian line.
It will see open microphones from across the world including the UNESCO Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve at Cerro Pelón, State of México, the Noosa Biosphere Reserve in Queensland, Australia, a gull colony on South Walney Island, Cumbria, UK.
Ms Ash said: “If there is a way we can use art to get people interested in other things and get people to come together in the community, that would be great.
“People want to be proud of the place where the come from and after growing up in Lowestoft and coming back I am very proud of the area.”
She added: “I hope it will become an annual project and grow to something the community can have more of a say on.”
You can support the project on its kickstarter page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/soundcamp/sound-art-residency-suffolk-soundcamp?ref=email