Encrypted Sounds of Wellbeing
Online Exhibition: 10th-31st October 2020
Virtual Opening Event: 7.30pm, 10th October 2020
Encrypted Sounds of Wellbeing( Still ), Leila Houston
Throughout lockdown artist Leila Houston has collaborated with an online community for her project Encrypted Sounds of Wellbeing, funded by Arts Council England.
The project will be presented as an online exhibition, launching on World Mental Health Day, Saturday 10th October 2020, and the public has had a chance to take part.
“Over the course of this project my own work has sought to capture the haunting nature of isolation and the ghost-like memory of community and how people, communities, society, are visibly dislocated today. I have put together an exhibition that gives people a voice in hope that those that visit our exhibition will bring something wholesome and converse something through the arts in these times of disconnect.’
Leila has also commissioned a number of established artists to contribute to Encrypted Sounds of Wellbeing both as part of an exhibition and a separate digital open event starting at 7.30 (10/10/20) . Artworks presented will include video, drawing and collage, as well as sound art and a previously unheard piece of music titled Weightless, recorded by Kate Jackson (The Long Blondes), Chris Constantinou and Marco Pirroni (Adam and The Ants).
She has also been working with two groups of young artists from Charnwood Arts’ People Making Places programme. Many of these young people are from diverse backgrounds or identify as neurodiverse.
“With the groups we specifically looked at unpicking Maslow's theory of needs, relating it to how we viewed ourselves and the world we were experiencing. We also challenged ourselves to develop artworks that moved away from the pyramid diagram that Maslow’s theory is usually presented as - which I learned wasn’t actually designed by Maslow himself but is how business and management training events have presented the theory.”
The other group developed a series of drawings depicting needs that will be made into a ‘colour by numbers’ participatory artwork. The public’s interpretations of the ‘ Colour by numbers’ activity will be included in the online exhibition and a smaller number will be selected to be displayed inside The Exchange Bar, curated by artist Zory Rubel.
The online exhibition will be available to view at www.leilahouston.com and launches on Saturday 10th October at 7.30 pm with a virtual opening event showing 60 minute video carefully selected for this event and will coincide with World Mental Health Day.
Artists included -
Glenn Fitzy Fitzpatrick
Leila Houston (London, 1977) is a visual artist whose work investigates the social, political and historical aspects of a place.