Tŷ Cerdd – Music Centre Wales and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board are announcing an Arts and Health partnership ahead of the opening of the Health Board’s new Grange University Hospital.
The project, CoDI Grange is the latest strand in Tŷ Cerdd’s CoDI initiative, which has provided creative development for scores of composers since its launch in 2018. CoDI Grange will commission six sound artists / composers / music creators from across a range of genres to create music and sound installations for the multi-faith chapel space in the new Grange University Hospital at Llanfrechfa. The multi-faith chapel, together with the sound installations, will open in spring 2021.
Award-winning Welsh composer/sound artist Jo Thomas will compose her own work for the space, and will work with Tŷ Cerdd to provide artistic and technical leadership to the five participating artists (selected through open call). Each of the five artists will work with a community music group in one of the Health Board’s local authorities (Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen, South Powys) during the process of creating their piece.
Call to artists
A call to composers / sound artists / music creators is now open. Selected artists will receive a global fee of £2000 for their participation (to include expenses) and will each be matched with a community music group to work with later in the process of composition (the nature of this engagement work will be defined as the project develops and according to concurrent measures around Covid-19).
The commissions fall with the broader context of the Grange Arts Strategy and Programme, which aims to enhance the emotional well-being of patients, visitors, staff and the wider community. Each art commission will contribute to creating spaces that are connected, inclusive and allows users the opportunity to experience a considered healing environment that promotes well-being through art.
The hospital is to be a Critical Care Centre, and visitors to the multi-faith chapel will typically be seeking comfort, reassurance, sanctuary and peace. The installations should respond to the surroundings and context, and we are interested to hear submitting artists’ vision for thematic content and their thoughts on appropriate approach.
A word from Jo Thomas: “The room will have a good speaker projection – it is quiet, simple and a perfect space for reflection. As a composer I walked into the room and felt or imagined music that was going to touch corners of skin at the back of the neck, a work of pulses and soft tones.”
In response to the current global situation, the first tranche of the project will take place online: Jo Thomas will lead sessions by video conferencing, and sketches and sound ideas will be shared digitally.
It is anticipated that post-lockdown (provisionally autumn 2020), composers will each engage with a community group as part of the composition process – although this engagement will possibly also be undertaken digitally. Owing to the uncertainty brought by Covid-19, Tŷ Cerdd and the participating composers will be required to take a flexible, innovative approach to process and delivery.
Submission & commission details
Fee per composer: £2000 (to include expenses and all costs)
Open to Welsh and Wales-based composers. (A Wales-based composer is defined, for the purposes of this scheme, as an artist who has been living in Wales for a minimum of 12 months.)
Selected artists will create a work of 18-20-minutes’ duration that will be realised through the chapel’s speaker system, but can include samples, recorded sound
(eg performance), found sound, etc.
Submissions from composers / sound creators of any genre are welcomed.
Submission by application form (see bottom of this page), plus 2 examples of work by SoundCloud link (do not send attached sound files).
Submissions from composers from within the catchment of the Health Board are particularly welcomed.
Submissions from the broadest range of artists are encouraged – we want to ensure that this opportunity is accessible to all. We welcome applications through alternative methods (eg video applications).
Artists will need skills in using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) – or in the case of artists who work with a personal assistant, that assistant must be able to work with a DAW. Many DAWs are suitable, including ProTools, Cubase, Audacity, Reaper, Ableton Live, FL Studio, and Logic. If acoustic sound is being recorded, the set-up should include an external audio interface and appropriate microphones.
Participating artists must have enhanced DBS checks (or must acquire them by the start of the community engagement phase), and will work to a safeguarding policy.
If there are any barriers to your applying or participating that you would like to talk to us about, please contact Deborah Keyser (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will be happy to discuss any queries or concerns over the phone, by email, or by video call.
Jo Thomas, lead artist
Steph Power, composer & writer; chair of Tŷ Cerdd
Deborah Keyser, Director, Tŷ Cerdd
James Clarke, Recording Producer, Tŷ Cerdd
Julian Hayman, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Jo Breckon, Studio Response consultancy
Deadline for submissions: 29 May, 10am
Successful candidates informed: 12 June
Kick-off meeting: late-June
Work delivery: December 2020
Hospital opening: spring 2021