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Scottish Chamber Orchestra and residents of Wester Hailes unveil audio-visual installation

10:10, 7th January 2019

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) and residents of Wester Hailes have unveiled an audio-visual installation which explores the sonic and visual identity of the Edinburgh suburb.

Incredible Distance is a collaborative arts project which is to be displayed at three public exhibitions from now until 16 February 2019.

An open call was made by the orchestra to adults living in the suburb, and over six weeks of sessions the participants have created an installation that captures snapshots of daily life in Wester Hailes through found sound, image, film and original composition.

The project is part of the orchestra’s three-year residency in Wester Hailes.

Kirsteen Davidson Kelly, creative learning director for the SCO, described the project as ‘a fantastic opportunity for us to get to know Wester Hailes residents and for them to start to get to know the SCO.’ She continued, ‘It has been a very rich opportunity for everyone involved to co-create a unique piece of work which articulates the lived experiences of all participants. We’re really delighted to be able to show Incredible Distance in two city-centre venues and at WHALE Arts.’

Composer Suzanne Parry, who helped to weave together the sounds for the installation, said that the ‘trust and enthusiasm that the participants, WHALE Arts and the SCO have shown me has been humbling, inspiring and motivating. There were many unknowns, and several skills I had to learn along the way, but the SCO made this a uniquely safe and supportive experience. The project has opened new and exciting doors and changed how I see myself as a musician.’

Incredible Distance is displayed in Edinburgh at the Society of Scottish Artists 121st Annual Exhibition until 17 January 2019, WHALE Arts (22 January – 9 February 2019) and the Fruitmarket Gallery (12 February – 16 February 2019).


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