Chester plays exhibiting host to digital commissions

On Friday 27th October, alongside the opening evening of David Cotterrell's lighting commission, 'Maelstrom' for King Charles' Tower, and Bedwyr Williams' commission for Storyhouse, local postgraduate artists Kate Gater and Estelle Woolley will be showing sound and sculptural pieces on the same evening, in King Charles' Tower and Gardens.

The project FLOAT was initiated in February 2017 to coincide with these commissions as a mentoring programme, in which David Cotterrell, Bedwyr Williams and Nayan Kulkarni have been offering their support and guidance to the ongoing development of Gater and Woolley's individual practices.

Kate Gater is an artist working with sound and digital technologies, currently undergoing her PHD in Sound Art at the University of Chester.  Her work involves researching rarely seen rural areas.  For FLOAT, Gater has produced two surround sound pieces, ‘Fallen But Not Forgotten’ made from field recordings of creaking trees which will be sited in King Charles Tower, and ‘Deep in the Sacred’ made from recordings of the Cathedral.

Estelle Woolley is an interdisciplinary artist and MA Fine Art graduate from The University of Chester.  Woolley has been developing her site specific works which include video and performance as well as her interest in the intersection of sound and sculpture. Her Woolley’s practice is concerned with the way in which we ‘see’ sound physically, exploring the embodiment of sound within the object, in relation to the site specificity of space.  Work shown on the opening evening will comprise of a playful series of sound sculptures, including a purring lawnmower, taking the viewer on a multisensory discovery of the newly renovated King Charles' Tower gardens.

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