RADIO RELAY: PAST FREQUENCIES – LIVE TRANSMISSIONS

Fri 17th June - Mon 20th June
All Day


Radio Relay

Radio Relay is co-commissioned by Golden Thread Gallery and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and by the Department for Culture Media and Sport

Image: courtesy of Graham Fagen

The history of modern telecommunications is intimately connected to the events of one hundred years ago.  By 1916, eighteen years after Gugliermo Marconi transmitted signals between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle, radio was forging a new, modern world of global connectivity. During the Easter Rising, Irish rebels seized a wireless station to make the first ever pirate radio broadcast, announcing Ireland’s independence to the world. A few short months later, cutting edge radio technology allowed instant communication between commanders on the front line at the Battle of the Somme.

Now Radio Relay will share the magic of radio with new audiences from Northern Ireland and beyond.  Graham Fagen and a team of contemporary artists, selected by Golden Thread Gallery, will explore these historic moments and their links to the development of radio. A nationwide arts and participatory programme featuring artists including Paddy Bloomer, Colm Clarke, Gareth Moore, Sara Morrison, Mhairi Sutherland and Philip Hession will teach you such skills as how to build your own lo-fi radio transmitter, connecting your “ghost voice” with voices from the past. Then, on an action-packed midsummer weekend connecting sites such as Grey Point Fort, Giant’s Ring and the Black Mountain, a flock of silver kites will recreate early experiments in radio antennae, while a swarm of battery operated radios will create an amazing artwork made of sound.

The invention of radio made it possible to share news across boundaries, to learn of far-flung places and to hear the voices of distant people. Radio brings us together, allowing us to receive dispatches from the past and send messages to the future. Radio Relay gives that power to the public.

The main showcase events will take place at various sites between 18th and 20th June 2016 (with a programme of audience engagement activities in the prior months).  For further information and programme updates visit –

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Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Golden Thread Gallery.

Contact Ruth or Deirdre at Golden Thread Gallery for more information.

Tel: 028 90330920

Email: info@gtgallery.co.uk

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Golden Thread Gallery

 

WHEN? WHATS ON? WHERE?
Saturday 11th June

12 noon.

MAKEY MAKEY PIRATE RADIO. Under 5’s Art Workshop

FREE. Booking Essential.

Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
Friday 17th June

6pm

RADIO RELAY LAUNCH PARTY Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
Saturday 18th June

11am & 2pm

DIVIS & BLACK MOUNTAIN TOURS National Trust Visitor Centre, Divis & Black Mountain, Belfast
Saturday 18th June

12 noon

THE HERD OF NOISY BENCHES – Paddy Bloomer Divis & Black Mountain, Belfast
Saturday 18th June

12 noon

HOME AGAIN – Colm Clarke National Trust Visitor Centre,  Divis & Black Mountain, Belfast
Saturday 18th June

12 noon

FOXHOLE RADIOS – Gareth Moore National Trust Visitor Centre, Divis & Black Mountain, Belfast
Saturday 18th June

12 – 2pm

MAKEY MAKEY PIRATE RADIO. Under 5’s Art Workshop

FREE. Booking Essential.

Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
Saturday 18th June

1pm

RADIO PRESENTER WORKSHOP – with Paul Kane from 89FM. Suitable for 13 to 18 years.

FREE. Booking Essential.

Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
Saturday 18th June

2pm

THE GARDEN – Graham Fagen

World Premier – audio installation continues during summer opening hours until 30th July.
FREE

Grey Point Fort, Helen’s Bay
Saturday 18th June

3pm

Live Performance

PRONTO – Mhairi Sutherland

Premier of PRONTO: Live Performance. PRONTO film installation runs from 1st to 30th July 2016. FREE

Grey Point Fort, Helen’s Bay
Saturday 18th June

8pm

ODE TO THE SUN – Sara Morrison

FREE. Booking Essential

The Caretaker’s House, Templemore Bathhouse, Belfast
Sunday 19th June

1pm

TRENCH SONGS – Philip Hession

FREE

The Mona, Lagan Weir, Belfast
Sunday 19th June

4pm

HOMAGE TO MARCONIGareth Moore with support from Paddy Bloomer.

FREE

Giant’s Ring, Ballynahatty, near Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast
Sunday 19th June

4pm, 5pm, 6pm & 7pm

ODE TO THE SUN – Sara Morrison

FREE. Booking Essential

The Caretaker’s House, Templemore Bathhouse, Belfast

Radio Relay is co-commissioned by Golden Thread Gallery and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and by the Department for Culture Media and Sport

Golden Thread Gallery is offering schools a FREE opportunity to make their own foxhole radios with artists Gareth Moore and Deirdre Mc Kenna. A limited number of sessions will be available from 3rd May until 10th June 2016! On 18th June, Radio Relay will hit the airwaves and participants will be able to tune in and connect with all the Radio Projects.  They will also be invited to participate in a range of Radio Relay events in sites in and around Belfast.

Suitable for Year 8 and Year 9 pupils.  If your school is interested in this project please get in touch with Ruth or Deirdre at Golden Thread Gallery info@gtgallery.co.uk or ring: 028 90330920

Extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War

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