When: 27th April – 16th July 2018
Where: Cumbria and Lancashire (see below)
£: Free admission
What is it?
A sound artist has invented a hair-raising way of connecting with voices from the past, and people from Barrow, Lancaster and Preston are invited to listen in.
Artist Dan Fox will be bringing a Sixties style hair salon, Voices From The Hood, to Barrow Library (27th April – 11th May), The Dukes in Lancaster (14th – 20th May) and The Harris Museum in Preston (21st May – 16th July).
But this will be no ordinary salon.
The hood hairdryers have been converted in to listening posts and a vintage hairdryer will become a personal speaker.
Visitors will be invited to take a comfy seat on one of four period chairs and via a small control panel they can play excerpts from the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive which is held at the Regional Heritage Centre at Lancaster University.
The pioneering work by Roberts, who lives in Lancaster and was born in Barrow, captured the voices and memories of people in Barrow, Lancaster and Preston from 1890 up until 1970.
Dan Fox is one of several artists brought together by the Lancaster-based arts and heritage company, Mirador, to take part in their latest project – Walking In Others Footsteps – a celebration of the work to digitise the archive and make it available through a dedicated website hosted by the Regional Heritage Centre at Lancaster University.
While ‘under the dryers’ visitors to the Barrow and Lancaster venues can read a magazine which lists details of the tracks they can hear.
“The piece should work on two levels: the personal experience of sitting and listening whilst watching the world go by and the image of a period hair salon popping up in an unexpected place,” said Fox, who is based in Ulverston in Cumbria.
Fox learned his trade growing up on the road with Welfare State International. For more than 25 years he has worked all over the world with theatre companies, bands, festivals and organisations.
More info: miradorarts.co.uk/sound-this-salon-out