Scratch the Surface Festival: BE Music ‘A Symphony of Bee and Man’

BE perform their critically acclaimed album ‘ONE’. © Dom Henry Photography/Wolfgang Buttress Studio.

Scratch the Surface Festival: BE Music ‘A Symphony of Bee and Man’

For the past six months, Mental Spaghetti has been working with Collective//Pod, of The Pod, Coventry, supporting the upcoming Mental Health Arts festival, Scratch the Surface: Dialogue.

The festival runs September 30th – October 10th, World Mental Health Day, and will present a varied and rolling programme of visual arts, performance, and participatory projects. Artists and full programme will be announced later in the month, but for now I’d like to announce BE Music, by internationally renowned artist Wolfgang Buttress (whose work you may have previously experienced at Kew Gardens).

A unique concert will be creating a buzz in Coventry to celebrate World Mental Health Day!

Internationally renowned artist Wolfgang Buttress and music ensemble BE are set to bring a performance with a difference to Coventry Cathedral – they will be accompanied by 50,000 bees. BE will perform their critically acclaimed album “ONE” featuring a live-streamed chorus of 50,000 bees from a hive within the Cathedral grounds.

An integral part of the performance will be hosted by a bespoke community choir engineered and choreographed by the Pod’s Collective//Pod, an artist collective derived by members with lived experience of mental ill health. The Pod is Coventry City Council’s award winning mental health resource and creative hub.

The event, being held on Saturday, October 7 at 7.30pm, is part of Collective//Pod’s annual mental health arts festival “Scratch the Surface – DIALOGUE” and is being supported by Coventry Cathedral.

BE was formed as a collaboration between Wolfgang Buttress, musicians Tony Foster, Kev Bales, Deirdre Bencsik, Camille Christel and scientist Dr Martin Bencsik, who is undertaking cutting-edge research using accelerometers embedded in beehives.

The accelerometers, devices which are sensitive to tiny vibrations, will be used to livestream the sounds from the bee hive into the Cathedral during the performance.

Visual projections, including images from the project and live footage from the hive, will also be screened, and specially-created candles scented with botanicals from the Cathedral and essential oils from the new bee hive will be used to create a multi-sensory atmosphere.

The bees are already within the grounds of the Cathedral in preparation for the event, and the hive will remain there as a lasting legacy.

“Coventry Cathedral is an amazing space with an incredible history, so it is an honour to be performing there. It will be a very moving and powerful performance, and using bees based in the grounds will give the audience a real sense that what is happening is live. We weren’t scheduled to perform this year, however when we were approached to be part of a concert celebrating World Mental Health Day it really resonated with us and it’s wonderful that we are able to contribute.”
– Wolfgang Buttress

The event is supporting Coventry’s bid to be the UK City of Culture 2021. The bid is being led by Coventry City of Culture Trust and, if successful, would bring social, cultural and economic benefits to the city.

Coventry is now on the shortlist along with four other cities, and will submit a final bid in September before the decision is announced in December.

The Very Reverend John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry Cathedral, added: “We look forward to welcoming BE and the choir for what will be a truly unique performance to celebrate World Mental Health Day. A performance featuring bees has never been staged at the Cathedral before, and demonstrates the diversity of the events that we hold. It’s also nice to have another 50,000 parishioners in the grounds, which will remain here permanently following the concert!”

“ONE” is the soundscape for Wolfgang Buttress’s multi award-winning sculpture The Hive, currently sited in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, which seeks to highlight the importance of the honey bee in the food chain and their plight as a species.

Since recording the album, BE has gone on to appear at festivals including Glastonbury, Bluedot Caught by the River and End of the Road and perform sell-out shows at Kew, Sonos Studios and St Mary’s Church, in Nottingham.

The critically acclaimed “ONE” was in the best album list of 2016 of The Guardian, Rough Trade and The Quietus.

Tickets for the concert at Coventry Cathedral are priced between £25 and £35 and are available by searching for ‘BE Play Live’ at http://www.gigantic.com: Buy Tickets Here.

More about BE can be found by visiting www.beeandman.com.

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Exhibition: Marius Els for World Mental Health Day

What: Visual art exhibition from artist Marius Els
When: 1-4pm, Monday October 10th, 2016
Where: Mind, Haringey, North London

Photographer and artist Marius Els is showing selected work from previous exhibition ‘Seasons of the Mind’, plus a new body of work, ‘A Life Time’, for one day only  at Station House, Haringey, in support of Mind and World Mental Health Day.

Marius combines photography, collage and mixed media to create beautiful and magical works of art. Don’t miss it!

For more information about his work, including an in-depth description of ‘A Life Time’, please visit Marius Els online.

World Mental Health Day: FLIGHT

What: Workshops and Installations
When: Saturday 10th October, 1:30-5:00pm
Where: Tate Modern, London

FLIGHT – Celebrating World Mental Health Day
Join Outside In and other creative organisations working with artists who have experience mental health issues on Saturday 10 October in Tate Modern’s East Room to celebrate World Mental Health Day. The afternoon will feature a range of dynamic, fun and creative workshops and installations celebrating positive mental health. There’s no need to book, and the events are all free. Just come along to Tate Modern’s East Room on 10 October between 1.30 and 5pm.

For more information, please visit:http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/courses-and-workshops/flight

Creative workshops and installations programme:
(All activities will take place 13.30–17.00)

Arts Network – Flight of the Animator
An introduction to animation. Flight Of The Animator navigates people all ages and abilities through the world of animation. Explore Flight with moving images – let your imagination soar!

Outside In – Origami creatures
Come along to Tate Modern to celebrate World Mental Health Day and create an origami creature with Outside In artists inspired by the theme of ‘FLIGHT’ which you can hang from our tree, attach as part of our installation or take home with you. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Portugal Prints – Wandsworth and Westminster Mind – Kite making
Make your own kite from a wonderful assortment of handmade papers and recycled materials. Supported by members of Portugal Prints.

SlamAdArt – Kaleidoscope of butterflies
Give your wish some wings and join the kaleidoscope of butterflies with Slam AdArt.

Studio Upstairs – An interactive exploration of flight, journeys and sanctuary
Artists of Studio Upstairs invite you to join them high up in the sky in Tate Modern’s East Room with bird’s eye views of London, to explore, think, create art, look and discuss the themes of flight, journeys and sanctuary. Help create a towering installation, birds and other flying creatures. Explore and consider spaces which offer both sanctuary to fly to, and views of possible future journeys.

The Dragon Café –  Butterfly Statements
A watercolour workshop with the Dragon Café: In many cultures, butterflies are considered variously as symbol of the emotional psyche, faith in oneself and joy in life. Subverting the idea of the butterfly display case, we’ll create butterflies, and display them on the windows of the East Room, against the blue sky and add a message on the subject of mental health and wellbeing.

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World Mental Health Day: Create an outdoor installation with us!

What: Workshops to create an outdoor installation
Where: Freespace Gallery, 2 Bartholomew Road, London, NW5
When: Friday 9th, 16th and 23rd October

In celebration and support of World Mental Health Day 2015 , in collaboration with Free Space Gallery, and in support of the Mental Health Foundation, we will be constructing a plaster of paris outdoor installation which will live in the Well-beeing Garden at Free Space Gallery.

Join us from 2-5pm on the 9th, 16th and 23rd October to design, create and install plaster representations of your memories – good, or bad. Our memories will be cast in the style of ex-voto offerings, a votive offering left at shrines of deities, saints or divinities. In the latin world ex-votos are left in a ‘wishing’ way, perhaps to mend a broken foot, or to ask for the blessing of a child, to cure an unwell heart or even to ask for your local football team to win a game. You can read more about ex-voto offerings here.

We will be casting our memory-related objects, then install them on plinths to display to all visiting Free Space Gallery. The art objects will start life as a small shape, cast from a mould, then carved into either something figurative, such as a body part, or representation of someone dear, or something symbolic, perhaps a shape relating to a special memory. In leaving these offerings, we will either be celebrating a fond memory, representing something or someone special to us, or casting free bad experiences or troubles.

 
Ex-voto offerings from around the world.

All materials will be provided, but please, if possible, bring an apron or wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty (although nothing will stain!). We will be using the following materials: plaster of paris, water, acrylic paint, craft knives, files, surforms and sandpaper.

Tickets are free, as usual, although you must book your space. To reserve a space on the three workshops, or, if you can’t make all three, a particular workshop, sign up on our events page at Eventbrite. If you have any problems with signing up, send us an email and we can help.

Event: Art & Music for the Mind, Kingston


‘Sound 1’

What: Art & Music for the Mind
When: Saturday 10th October, 2015
Where: All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames (see FB link for full details)

Artist TEMPOK got in touch to let us know he is taking part in Kingston Mental Health Festival in support of World Mental Health day on Saturday October 10th, and to share some paintings he created during a workshop in the run-up to this event.

Take a look at the Facebook event page here: Art & Music Festival for the Mind

TEMPOK says his paintings in this post were created whilst “listening to classical music and painting, drawing”, resulting in “an idea inspired by Wassily Kandinsky.”


‘Sound 2’

He goes on to explain that, comically, “not only was there a radio playing pop music in the cafe next door, but everyone was passionately discussing urinals and unmade beds in the actual room, so that didn’t work out too well!” However, despite the distractions, “the interesting thing was that by having this atmosphere of bustling friendliness all around, I felt very nourished and that in itself inspired me to paint these pictures!”


‘Sound 3’

TEMPOK wants to help give the festival a boost the this year, “as, last year, it was dampened by the rain, and it’d be nice if lots of people came to enjoy it this year. Plus, 20% of all sales go to the charity Mind so it’s for a good cause – not to mention giving the artists and musicians, marginalised through mental distress, some well-deserved exposure!

More information can be found on the Mind in Kingston site…
“This year sees the first Kingston Mental Health Festival which celebrates World Mental Health day by holding a range of events for local people. As well as the Mind in Kingston’s annual Arts & Music Festival there will be talks, coffee mornings and wellbeings to suit everyone.

Organisations taking part include: Learn English at Home (LEAH), Kingston Voluntary Action (KVA), Fircroft Trust, Kingston Libraries, Public Health Kingston, RBK Equality & Community Engagement Team and Mind in Kingston.

For a full listings of events, please click here to download the programme (PDF format), or go to the Events Page here.

WORKSHOP & EXHIBITION CALL: Ubuntu Arts – ‘Lost & Found’ @ Goodmayes

What: ‘Lost & Found’ – Free Creative Workshop & Exhibition Opportunity from Ubuntu Arts
Where: The Art Room, Goodmayes
When: Thursday 30th July to Thursday 20th August, and Thursday 3rd September to Thursday 24th September

Exhibition Opportunity:
Ubuntu Arts are a London based non-profit art collective. Following their successful ‘Reaching Out’ event in March 2014 they are currently seeking artists to create and exhibit work following the proposed theme ‘Lost & Found’ to be part of their anticipated autumn show.

Workshops:
Registration to the following two courses of workshops are now open for applicants:
* 2nd Workshop Module: Thursday 30th July to Thursday 20th August (Thursdays 2 to 4pm).
* 3rd Workshop Module: Thursday 3rd September to Thursday 24th September (Thursdays 2 to 4pm).

Invitation to enrol on Thursday 16th and 23rd July between the hours of 2 – 4.00 pm at the ‘Art Room’, Goodmayes Hospital.

Please download the welcome pack, including Poster File, Project Brief and Registration Form, here.

For further information about the ‘Lost & Found’ Event, contact : info@ubuntuarts.co.uk

Selected artists will be given the opportunity to exhibit in the well lit and professionally finished display cases, located on the first floor of Ilford Central Library Exhibition Gallery, located in the heart of Redbridge.

The show will be installed by experienced curators, and invitations, press releases, promotion and opening reception/private view will be organised to the highest spec. along with a opportunity to get involved with a ‘special day’, a joint effort with sympathetic organisations to commemorate ‘World Mental Health’ Day on Saturday 10th October.

Ubuntu Arts will also be taking part in the forthcoming NELFT Sports Day, Wednesday 15th July, 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm, at the Goodmayes Hospital sports field. They will be hosting a small creative workshop,’Fun Recycled Crafts’, and enrolling opportunities for the next two creative workshop blocks.