Out of the Ordinary: Art Transmission

Update: Some photos can be found on our Flickr account

Three Swale based community groups have embarked on a unique radio experiment working with sound artists to capture the individual sounds of the groups.

The Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway, Minster Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing Club and Sheppey Horticultural Society are all taking part in Art Transmission, a collaboration between arts organisation FrancisKnight and BRFM, a community radio station based on the Isle of Sheppey.

‘Press your Ear to the Rail’ is the first of the Art Transmissions, which features the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway and sound artist Jim Whelton.  Jim has immersed himself into the daily routines and lives of the volunteers as they go about restoring and maintaining the working railway.

Jim has explored the acoustics of the yard and recorded a wealth of anecdotes and technical detail from the volunteers. From the throaty growl of the diesel engines ticking over, to the gentle chug of steam power, listen to the evocative sounds that brim with meaning and memory on the Daniel Nash, Arts and Community Show from Monday 7th April between 7 & 10pm.

Karen Day, BRFM Station Manager, said: “This project has involved and enabled local community groups to work with BRFM. Similar projects have been undertaken and then played on air.  This project has been designed specifically for radio and BRFM are proud to be the station to air it.  The Community Media Association (CMA) has been very pleased with the progress and is being kept updated throughout by Daniel Nash (Community Liaison Coordinator / BRFM Presenter).  It is very exciting to be a part of a project recording social history as it is hoped it will be shared with the CMA and then archived in the British Library when it’s completed.”

Jim Whelton’s broadcast starts on the 7th April and runs for 5 weeks, followed by Jane Pitt’s from mid May featuring Minster Golden Gloves, and then Kate Chapman’s work with Sheppey Horticultural Group from mid June.

Art Transmission was one of the original consortium Out of the Ordinary projects, designed as a wayfinder project for Ideas Test to find new routes into creativity and the arts, embedded with and led by local people.

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