This Saturday June 22nd our very own Souter foghorn will breathe again in a one-off unique celebration using digital technology in a project called Foghorn Requiem, created by artists Joshua Portway and Lise Autogena. A flotilla of vessels and their horns will join Souter’s mighty foghorn in performing a musical score, written by composer Orlando Gough, and accompanied by 3 brass bands on the cliff-tops.
This week I was treated to a glorious solo honk by the foghorn, and the sound was just as thrilling to hear now as it was when I was a child. Today I interviewed Nick Dolan, National Trust Property Manager of Souter Lighthouse and the Leas, who explains what the performance and its legacy mean to him and the local community.
Whitburn coast and Souter Lighthouse and the foghorn have long provided the inspiration for my photography in all weathers, including fog, and you can see some of those shots in this clip. Hope to see some of you there on Saturday when Hive Radio along with basic.fm will be broadcasting live from Souter.
On Saturday 26th January Hive volunteers attended a lecture given by Rev. John McManners at Sunderland Minster about the connections between the Gospels and Wearmouth Anglo-Saxon monastery. The talk was organised by Canon Sheila Bamber at the request of East Durham Artist’s Network, and in the coming months Hive will be featuring interviews with artists from the region whose work has been inspired or changed by the legacy of the gospels and Bede.Rev. John McManners on the Gospels & Wearmouth Anglo-Saxon Monastery
In November 2012 we recorded Tom Kelly, a Jarrow-born poet & writer, talking about his love of the area, his sense of place and his working process. You can listen to the interview here
Tom recently finished a project with Andrew Hagan documenting and dramatising the lives of workers in the area who worked in the shipyards, Men Of The Tyne has just finished a mini-tour to the Gala, Durham, Phoenix at Blyth and Washington Arts Centre.
Rachel Connelly, an MA Media student at Sunderland University has made a radio doc about Tom’s ideas and show. Hive Radio will be broadcasting this documentary during March – sign up to the blog to hear when.
Bede’s World is currently getting ready to host a new exhibition by photographer Donna-Lisa Healey. You are welcome to attend the preview of her ‘Creative Passions’ exhibition here at Jarrow Hall, Bede’s World, in Jarrow, at 6:30pm to 9pm on Friday 8th March 2013
Artist Mark Gibson (whose show ‘On Reflection’ runs until 14th March) recorded Donna-Lisa’s thoughts about her working practice, about what inspires her photography, and her love of people and the stories they share as she photographs them, for example Zdenka Fantlova, author of The Tin Ring. Donna-Lisa Healy Mixed Edit
If you would like to view some of the portraits discussed by Donna-Lisa, and hear poetry performed live by five of the poets that appear in Donna-Lisa’s work, we’d love to see you at the preview on Friday 8th March.
During the three month exhibition Hive Radio will record 24 poems by all 24 participating poets which will then be added to the exhibition throughout the three months until Friday 31st May, giving yet more insight into the inspiration behind the portraits.