Pump Room Live
21 and 22 September
A weekend of live free music concerts being performed on The Pump Room roof residents and visitors.
The Pump Room Live weekend programme if again being supported by local brothers Greg and Elliot Smith who are booking bands and artists from across the region. The event will also feature a silent disco and premier Water Swallows .Pump Room Live 2019 is sponsored by Markovitz. David Hopkins Chief Exec commented that
“Markovitz are delighted to support Pump Room Live 2019 bringing yet more live music to Buxton in front of the stunning back drop of The Crescent.”
For more details on the event or details on how to get involved please visit www.pumproomlive.com
From 23 September then ongoing.
WATER SWALLOWS is a sonic artwork which looks at our landscape of water and the experience of living here, made by Amy Sharrocks and Tom Hackley in collaboration with people across Buxton. Recorded binaurally, WATER SWALLOWS roams through a landscape of springs and reservoirs, through prehistoric, roman and celtic histories and modern day lived experience. Begun in an age of climate change and at the very moment when Toddbrook Reservoir was threatening to burst its banks and engulf Whaley Bridge, WATER SWALLOWS wanders through the ethics of water and the negotiation of our natural resources.
The extraordinary pedestal cabinet that houses the binaural sound work was made by Buxton artist Sarah Brindley.
Nov – Dec
A light installation project around the Slopes, Pump Room and St Annes Well.
September – December 2019
A series of artist to artist workshops and networking events to be held in the evening in The Pump Room.
Buxton’s Crescent Trust’s Arts Council Programme Celebrates Buxton’s Water
Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust are delighted to announce a programme of celebratory events for the community, visitors, local artists and musicians that will celebrate the town’s water. The Trust are working closely with award-winning artist Amy Sharrocks on an inspiring multi-discipline artistic programme that offers residents and local artists the chance to share thoughts about the town’s liquid assets, to perform and work collaboratively.
The programme, which runs from September to January 2020, opens with Pump Room Live, a free daytime music performance on the Pump Room roof on the 21 and 22 September. The event, sponsored by Markovitz Home Show, will premiere Water Swallows, a new sonic artwork for Buxton by Amy Sharrocks, made in collaboration with people who live here. Water Swallows has been recorded across Buxton and out across the peaks, looking at our landscape of water and the experience of living here. The work roams through a landscape of springs and dams, through prehistoric, roman and celtic histories and modern day life. Exploring the negotiation of natural resources in an age of climate change, the sound work takes its name from the local quarry, an industrial site which has been re-purposed as a lake. Water Swallows will be broadcast for the first time at 3pm 22 September during Pump Room Live as a listening experience for 500 people on the Slopes. The full version of the work will then be available from the Pump Room for a year for free – headsets can be collected during opening times from the Visitor Centre. An unusual pedestal cabinet has been made by Buxton artist Sarah Brindley as a special housing for the binaural sound work in a new collaboration.
Pump Room Live will this year take the theme of water and wellbeing to heart: there is no plastic on site, there will be wellbeing tents to support self-care. The 500 headsets will be used for a watery silent disco on Saturday night 21 September, getting people used to the sensation of listening closely together, and foreshadowing sound workshops that will happen in the Pump Room. On 14 November at 2pm and 6pm the local creative community and students will be invited to workshops Thirty Years of Noise to explore the creative use of sound with Tom Hackley, a nationally renowned sound designer.
The Trust and Amy are also working on a light installation around St Anne’s Well which will be launched in November for the lead up to Christmas, again inspired by the town’s famous thermal mineral water. Local artists have been invited to host and attend presentations and networking events in the autumn to be held in The Pump Room at 3 sessions in the Autumn. The aim is to enable local artists of various disciplines to meet and share experiences and ideas.
Finally The Trust are proud to be working in partnership with Buxton Opera House on a premiere of a new play by Rob Young inspired by the town’s water that will be performed by the Opera House’s Young Company in the Pavilion Arts Centre on January 26th.
Buxton is an ancient site of water. Over the last year, Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust have worked with artist Amy Sharrocks and BEAM Arts to build a programme of artwork across the town and in conversation with local people.
WATER SWALLOWS is a new sonic artwork for Buxton. Made by Amy Sharrocks and Tom Hackley in collaboration with local people, the artwork looks at our landscape of water and the experience of living here. It is presented as a sound walk through Pavilion Gardens, and roams through a landscape of springs and reservoirs, through prehistoric, Roman and Celtic histories and modern day lived experience. It wanders through the sounds of rain and rivers as well as through the ethics of water, the negotiation of natural resources, of commodification and sharing, mineralisation and economies. Begun in an age of climate change and at the very moment when Toddbrook Reservoir was threatening to burst its banks and engulf Whaley Bridge, WATER SWALLOWS understands what it is like to be overwhelmed. It takes its name from a local quarry, an industrial site which has been re-purposed as a lake, and the title references our daily ritual of swallowing water, our changing land use and agreements as well as the threat of climate change that hangs over all of our heads.
WATER SWALLOWS will be broadcast for the first time 22 September at 3pm as a mass listening experience for 500 people on the Slopes. The full version of the work will then be available from the Pump Room all year for free – you can pick up a headset at any point until September 30, 2020 to take the sound work for a walk. An extraordinary pedestal cabinet has been made by brilliant Buxton artist Sarah Brindley as an unusual housing for this binaural sound work, in a new collaboration.
The artwork was made possible by a large grant from the Arts Council, and the full programme includes revivifying the popular Pump Room Live Weekend, which this year looks to water, the environment and wellbeing for its inspiration. All plastic will be banned from the site and wellbeing tents will be erected on the Slopes, offering free massages. Water Swallows will premiere on the afternoon of Sunday 22nd September through 500 headsets on the slopes. These same headsets will be used on Saturday night for a silent disco which will see a battle of the DJs for music on a theme of water.
The Slopes, Buxton
22 September 3pm
Available all year from the Pump Room, Buxton Crescent – just pop in to borrow a head set – and take it for a walk around the gardens.
Special thanks to:
Artist Amy Sharrocks
Sound Designer Tom Hackley
Cabinet Sarah Brindley
Made with many thanks to the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust and BEAM Arts, Liz Mackenzie, Louis Cross, Cora Glass, Sue Boulton, Sarah Brindley, Amanda Cirillo, Mohamed El Fatih, Alison Hunter, Brian Lutchmiah, Rob Robinson, India Rushton, Katherine Rushton, Karin Sheldon, Ros Westwood MBE and many other people in Buxton and Derbyshire.
In celebration of Buxton and the opening of Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust a, Buxton Opera House and the Crescent are developing a brand new play for Buxton, about Buxton.
We want to hear from local young performers aged 16-30, who are interested in being part of a new piece of writing which will be performed on 26 January 2020.
Written by Rob Young and funded by The Arts Council, Deep tells the story of Jan, a Buxton teenager rejected by his peers and is unable to cope with his father’s illness. Jan finds solace in a voice that speaks from the deep. The voice is kind, but is it a trap? Or psychosis? Or love? And how do you date a girl who lives underwater when you can’t swim?
We are looking to create a unique ensemble of performers to bring this story to life. We are particularly interested in actors who are happy to work with movement and voice. Even if you have little performance experience, if you feel you have something to bring to the company then we want to hear from you.
Auditions: The first set of workshop auditions will be held on the 1 September at Buxton Opera House. Further opportunities to audition will be available after this date. Please contact Sarah Kell (Head of Programming) if you would like to express an interest in auditioning. Please complete the below registration form and email to Sarah Kell: firstname.lastname@example.org.