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.
Commissioned by AV Festival. World Premiere. Supported by Killhope Lead Mining Museum and Nenthead Mines Conservation Society.
£8/£6 (includes John Butcher and Rhodri Davies: Roughting Linn)
Fri 14 March 2014, 7.45pm (doors 7.15pm)
0191 443 4661
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