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Sounds from a Shallow Sea

Sounds from a Shallow Sea

By Alison Carlier

Sounds from a Shallow Sea draws upon the materiality of the chalk hills of the North Downs around Dorking, culminating in two works; an audio walk and a participatory ‘Calling’ event.

Immersing the listener across time and space, the audio walk (available as a podcast) will flow between the geological language of chalk, local peoples’ reminiscences of chalk used in the classroom, regionally sourced historical folk song, observations of the landscape from local poets combined with ambient recordings of the sea.

From working with schools and local youth groups, the ‘Calling’ event will provide a unique experience in listening and making sounds outdoors. Traversing the landscape with sound, the valleys and hills will be mapped with live voices, in turn drawing others outside to hear the sounds across the Surrey Hills landscape.

Sounds from a Shallow Sea will allow visitors to download a podcast to listen to throughout the walk in West Dorking from July 2018. The Calling event will take place in September 2018.

With thanks for additional support from:

Old letters and music score
Sounds from a Shallow Sea, Alison Carlier, 2018 (process: folk song research)

Alison Carlier

Alison Carlier completed MA Drawing at Wimbledon College of Art in 2013 and went on to win the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2014). Solo exhibitions include Hardwick Gallery, Cheltenham (2014) and m2 Gallery, Peckham (2016). Her work was selected for Emergency 7, Aspex, (2015). In 2016 she became the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award Artist in Residence at Aspex, Portsmouth resulting in permanent commission.