Skyground (ARTIST ROOMS Anselm Kiefer: community response)

An audio-visual installation in Tullie House Garden

1st June – 28th August 2015


Commissioned by Tullie House, Prism Arts artists Mark Newport and Helen Walsh worked with James Rennie SEN School and Beaumont College to create a response piece to the work of Anselm Kiefer.

The work combines sound and visual art, and will occupy Tullie House Garden throughout the summer.

This work incorporates everything from the sky to the ground, hence the title. Using a combination of new and traditional technologies, techniques and materials, the groups explored themes of occupation, landscape, environment and changing perceptions.

The work occupies the site of the old Roman Wall: a place rich with history and meanings, many of which have changed over time. The wall was built to divide and subjugate; it was a symbol of oppression and occupation, but is now celebrated as a cultural heritage site.

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer. For this installation, it has been programmed using the music coding language, Sonic Pi. The groups created sounds that are triggered by touch sensors incorporated into the work. Sometimes it feels like these are in dreadful conflict, and at other times in perfect harmony.

Skyground was commissioned by Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery as a community response to their exhibition: ARTIST ROOMS Anselm Kiefer. It was created by students at James Rennie School and Beaumont College, working with Prism Arts artists Helen Walsh and Mark Newport. Prism Arts is an arts organisation, which specialises in running participatory and inclusive arts projects with a focus on disability and wellbeing. Skyground is funded by ARTIST ROOMS and the Big Lottery’s Headstart fund, via Creative Futures Cumbria.

The installation was launched on Monday 1st June, in Tullie House Garden.






Artwork from the project on display in the Tullie House Community Cabinet:

Artwork in Tullie House community cabinet