Lee Patterson, Orefield, 2014. Photo: Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 14

Lee Patterson at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, 2013. Photo © Rebecca Shatwell

Lee Patterson at Killhope Lead Mining Museum, 2013. Photo © Rebecca Shatwell

Lee Patterson at Nenthead Lead Mine, 2013. Photo © Lee Patterson

Lee Patterson at Nenthead Lead Mine, 2013. Photo © Lee Patterson

Lee Patterson at Nenthead Lead Mine, 2013. Photo © Lee Patterson

Orefield explores the North Pennines lead mining industry, an industry prevalent until its decline began in the late nineteenth century. This new Festival commission follows the artist’s extensive research visits to the region, recording water-powered machinery as well as under and overground sound, working with the remains as they exist in the landscape today. The sounds captured reveal the acoustics of long abandoned mine shafts and underground labyrinthine passages that run for miles below the Pennine hills. Orefield explores an underworld of water, wood, stone and metal.

This event is part of our Digging for Sound weekends of new commissions, concerts and walks focusing on the geology, topography and mining legacy of the North East England landscape.

Credit
Commissioned by AV Festival. World Premiere. Supported by Killhope Lead Mining Museum and Nenthead Mines Conservation Society. 

Lee Patterson: Orefield

Fri 14 March 2014, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm)

Sage Gateshead

Gateshead
NE8 2JR
0191 443 4661
sagegateshead.com

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