More than 100 mental health users, singers, museum volunteers and members of UK Men's Sheds and Men's Sheds Cymru have collaborated with artist Mel Brimfield and composer Gwyneth Herbert to create a large sculptural sound system for a new choral composition, showing for the first time at Kelham Island Museum.
The installation itself takes the form of a vast music box. At the centre of an elaborately hand-painted 15-sided platform, a recitation emanates from a speaker embedded in a tree, gold leafed and hung with hundreds of polished semi-precious stones.
A circle of 15 chairs is gathered around the sculpture, each one individually designed and built by different chapters of UK Men’s Sheds and Men’s Shed Cymru, and Kelham Island Museum volunteers and technicians in close collaboration with the artists, variously incorporating whittling, marquetry, mosaic, woodturning, patchwork and stained glass making. A speaker is built into each chair, relaying parts of the complex multi-channel composition, performed by members of Harrow-based More Than Just a Choir.
Entry to Stand is included in the normal museum admission price.
Stand is part of Meeting Point, a programme led by contemporary art specialists Arts&Heritage (www.artsandheritage.org.uk). Meeting Point presents artworks in unexpected places and supports small and medium scale museums to commission artists, forging new relationships between the contemporary arts and heritage sectors.