In this Moment
Dawn Chorus, Gawain Hewitt. Photography (c) 2021 Emile Holba

In this Moment

5th February – 14th April 2022

Bethlem Gallery

Open 10am – 5pm Wednesday – Friday and first and last Saturdays of the month

In this Moment is an immersive sensory installation exploring ideas of nature and the cosmos through interactive sound sculptures, and tactile furniture and textile works.

Artists Gawain Hewitt and India Harvey have worked with young people at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School to develop ideas for artworks through workshops using sound, music, tactile materials and experimental print and mark making. The exhibition features three sound sculptures produced by Gawain Hewitt that invite you to interact with them, playing different sounds and tracks as you move pieces around. As part of City of London Sinfonia’s Sound Young Minds project, Gawain led musicians to work alongside young people and create spaces where they could improvise using physical instruments in the school and digital instruments online. Accompanying the sound sculptures are furniture and textile works co-produced by India Harvey and young people to which visitors are invited to touch and feel. Prompted by natural materials and spaces, India and the young people have been exploring all the senses and using diverse materials to think through doing.

The exhibition also reveals some of the processes used by artists working in psychiatric settings to encourage young people to refocus their attention away from illness and through improvisation, move towards the immediate and spontaneous. It has evolved from the City of London Sinfonia’s award-winning project, Sound Young Minds, that builds confidence and self-esteem in young people living with severe mental health and psychiatric conditions through music-making and sharing.

Psychiatric settings can present complex challenges for artists who work with and alongside people as part of their practice. For young people who are unwell, dealing with separation from family, carers and friends as well as adjusting to life on a busy hospital ward with a hectic schedule of talking therapy sessions, appointments with social workers, occupational therapy activities and school can leave little time or energy for other things. In this context, artists Gawain and India, who share similar ways of working, have created supportive spaces with the school where the young people can be free in the moment, try something new and have the permission to experiment.

‘We’ve been playing as making, leaning into messiness and translating between the senses’ – India Harvey

‘The sound sculptures contain sonic fragments from our workshops, but also replicate some of the experience of exploration of sound and music from our workshops – so that the visitor becomes another co-composer in the production of an ever-changing score or piece, alongside the musicians and young people behind the recordings’ – Gawain Hewitt

Thanks to Sound Young Minds funders Youth Music and The Calleva Foundation

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Hexagon, Gawain Hewitt. Photography (c) 2021 Emile Holba

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