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Songbooks and Seaweed: Learnings from creating in an unknown world.

Time was away and somewhere else received its YouTube premiere on 5 June 2020. This audio-visual work brings to life 5 paintings in the VG&M collection through the medium of a relaxed music concert. Created during lockdown, below I share insights on the creative process used.


Song and seaweed. They are not what you’d call naturally occurring. However, in my world they have occurred twice. They first came together in BurtonNitta’s, The Algae Opera (2011), where I created the role of Evalga, the algae opera singer who produces algae with her breath. The second occurrence is more recent with a mixed media piece created for the Victoria Gallery and Museum, University of Liverpool, Time was away and somewhere else (2020).

During COVID-19 lockdown, Dr Helen Thomas (Artistic Coordinator & Public Engagement Officer at the School of the Arts, University of Liverpool) approached me to discuss how we might bring to life a set of landscape paintings by Margery Knight to e…

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