Sam Lee’s graceful A Ground Of Its Own album was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize for best British (and Irish) album of the year alongside the likes of Plan B, Django Django and Lianne La Havas.The album, which the Arts Foundation fellowship helped to fund, is according to journalist Colin Irwin 'a beautiful album and a brave one too, both in its enlightened instrumentation – not a guitar in sight – and with a relatively oblique array of material, drawn handsomely from the travelling community which he has embraced so fulsomely...' He continues, 'The inferred role as folk song ambassador that habitually accompanies the specialist spot on the Mercury list will fit easity on his shoulders.Indeed, while Ground Of Its Own is possibly the most hardcore folk-related album ever to make the Mercury list, who can say what wil be achieved once Lee's famous charm offensive moves into full tornado force on the mainstream. The results will be fascinating.. and surely very good.' The album didn't win but put it on your Christmas list - it's a winner!
Aurora Orchestra director Nicolas Collon conducts his first opera, the Magic Flute at ENO. Go to
http://www.eno.org/see-whats-on/productions/production-page.php?selected... to check out performance details.
One of the country’s oldest gardens, and two poignant industrial sites from a bygone era, will come to life through a new exhibition of contemporary art, films and sound works.
The exhibition, which runs until 4 November 2012 is a collaboration between the National Trust and the Arts Council Collection and includes works by leading artists which echo the scenic landscape and industrial heritage of these locations.
Godolphin, a hauntingly atmospheric country house with romantic grounds, displays Susanna Heron’s tranquil photographs of her mother’s Cornish garden while The Count House at Botallack, originally an active centre in the heyday of Cornish copper and tin-mining, hosts the solitary voice of Susan Philipz singing ‘The Internationale’. East Pool Mine, a once thriving part of Cornish industry and the local community, shows Tacita Dean’s ‘Delft Hydraulics’ and a selection of other video and16 mm film works. For more info : http://www.artscouncilcollection.org.uk/partner.do?id=15
A multi-media installation by artists Thomson and Craighead will explores the uses of imagery by various Occupy and protest groups, identifying common phrases and gestures. Drawing together a wealth of images produced by activists and onlookers across the world, the artists create a portrait of a global movement. As a wall projection displays fragments and short sections of video, a second projection of a compass on the floor will respond by pointing towards the location where each video clip was shot, locating the images in physical space. This year’s Biennial will explore how space is constructed, controlled and contested, how photography is implicated in these processes, and the tensions and possibilities this dialogue involves. BPB12 provides a critical space to think about relationships between the political occupation of physical sites and the production and dissemination of images.
The Stone Thrower is out on the 19th September published by Comma Press. Go buy it or watch him on stage at various literary happenings throughout the UK. http://adammarek.co.uk/blog/?p=838 The Guardian review concluded, 'Marek's angle of approach may occasionally seem oblique, yet, like the elusive chicken-assassin, he hits the target every time'. Definitely worth reading!