24th January 2009

Still Lives by Lauren Healey

Lighthouse at Maryport

Lighthouse Lullaby

Maryport, Cumbria
29th - 31st January 2009

The lighthouse at Maryport Harbour has stood silent for over 200 years. For three days in January she will sing. Composer Ailís Ní Ríain has been commissioned to write and record an electro-acoustic piece of music inspired by the sounds and rhythms of the lighthouse’s lonely position at the harbour entrance. The piece will interact with the natural sounds and acoustics of this cast iron building with room for the creaks and groans of the lighthouse to play their part in an ever-changing improvised performance.

Ailís Ní Ríain is an Irish composer now living and working in the north west. A critically acclaimed musician, she has won numerous awards and her work has been performed around the world. For Lighthouse Lullaby, Ailís worked with Voz Nueva - a chamber ensemble from Denmark consisting of voice, percussion and guitar. Over the past two years Ailís has visited the harbour and spent many days listening to the sounds of the sea and harbour in all weathers. Those sounds have been re-scored for voice and guitar in the final composition.

Originally conceived as a FRED project, Lighthouse Lullaby is presented as a stand alone project to extend the legacy of five years of FRED.

Lighthouse Lullaby is open from 11am - 4pm on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th Jan and from 11am - 3pm on Saturday 31st at the Old Lighthouse at the end of the harbour on Salmoor Way. Follow signs from the Wave or railway station. Admission is free.

A reception will be held on Friday 30th January from 2pm - 4pm where Ailis Ni Riain will introduce the work and you will also be able to take part in the Channel 4 Big Art Mob (details below). You can RSVP to the reception via Facebook.

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This project has been generously supported by the PRS Foundation and with kind permission from Allerdale Borough Council

inside the lighthouse

Big Art Mob

To compliment Lighthouse Lullaby, Channel 4’s Big Art Project will be running free workshops in the Settlement, Maryport on Friday 30th January. The Big Art Mob is a multi-award winning project that encourages people to take photos of public art on their mobile phones and upload them onto the Channel4 website to create an archive of every piece of public art in the UK. Visitors can take pictures and video of Lighthouse Lullaby or any of the other pieces of public art in the town and send them to the site or create their own online gallery of pictures. Artist Nick Pearson from the Big Art Project will show you how to upload your images in a free drop-in workshop at the Settlement from 2pm - 4pm. A film crew from Channel 4 will be in town all day recording people’s reactions to Lighthouse Lullaby for future use.



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