Go with the flow in Barrow

A Cumbrian artist, described as being at the forefront of ‘New Weird Britain’, is to perform her response to her recent residency at the Ravenglass Estuary later this month.

Natalie Sharp is a musician, costume maker, skin decorator and performer, originally from Wigton, who will use moving images, sound sculptures and voice improvisations when presenting SPUME at Cookes Studios in Barrow on September 24.

“Drawing on my history with the sea, I investigate ways to respond with the tide line in 62 diverse activities ranging from dancing, trailing, and falling in love with, to sinking, emerging, drinking and transforming,” said Natalie.

Spume is seafroth or foam and this event will be a unique opportunity to see someone said to be at the forefront of a new wave of underground musicians who create immersive worlds in which their audiences can participate.

Natalie lives with chronic pain and much of her work explores issues around pain and the body as well as gender and sexuality. She usually performs in non-conventional settings.

Among other artists she has worked with are Maxine Peake and Lily James, and she has also worked with the British Film Institute (BFI) as a film archive and music laboratory artist.

The event, which begins at 7pm, will also include readings with video projections by Wigton’s Ellie Hoskins, an artist and writer.

SPUME is presented by Barrow-based sound art organisation, Full of Noises as part of their work with Acoustic Commons, an emerging network of live environmental streams drawing attention to the unique sounds of particular places across Europe and beyond. It is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme. The Ravenglass residency was co-produced with RE Drift who bring local artists together who make work responding to West Cumbria.

Entry is by donation and tickets can be booked at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spume-by-natalie-sharp-tickets-412032047947?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 More information is available at https://fonfestival.org/fon_events/spume-24-09-22/

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