Sunday 26 February
11 – 3pm
Rich Mix Venue 2
35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road
London, E1 6LA
In Collaboration with
Crossroads is a special, free event where sound-art-making and visual-art-making come together.
SoundHoppers is a sound exploration playgroup with the aim of encouraging deep listening via gamified exercises and exploring various creative possibilities with the medium of sound.
Art Hoppers deliver gallery-quality art programmes to early years, primary school children and their families in both educational settings and public spaces.
What brings these two organisations together is the attentive approach they each have toward their creative fields: sound art and visual art: listening and looking. For SoundHoppers the focus is less on ‘music-making’ and instead focuses on the wider creative possibilities with sound. For Art Hoppers the focus will be less on formal brush strokes and more focus on mark-making. The key to both groups is inventive play within the mediums!
What to Expect
The SoundHoppers session will start at 11am and finish at 12:30pm
Sessions start with a selection of gamified listening exercises, leading into exploring the relationship between sound and materiality, and finally heading into the children making a racket using a selection of micro-synths and specially created noise generating devices
The Art Hoppers session will start at 1.30pm and finish at 3pm
Return to a room full of materials; cardboard, pens, pencils, tape and a giant roll of paper. The challenge: To explore new, exciting ways of making marks on paper. Create a simple drawing devise to wear or manipulate! Apply your imagination in making and your bodies in the marking. The resulting marks will be distinctly your own.
The event will conclude with a combined sound and visual session starting at 3pm finishing at 3:30pm
Wajid Yaseen (SoundHoppers) – Wajid is a British artist whose work draws on an inter-disciplinary approach to develop sound-based works encompassing installations, live performances, acousmatic music, graphic scores, and sound sculptures. He is the director of the sound research organisation Modus Arts, and creative director of the Ear Cinema project.
Helen Frosi (SoundHoppers) – Helen is the founder and director of SoundFjord and her portfolio includes the co-curation (with France Jobin and Yann Novak) of a group show at Oboro (CA); one-off multimedia installations at the ICA and Victoria and Albert Museum. Recent multimedia events have been curated for Goldsmiths, Galerie8, CRiSAP, GV gallery
Claire Ward-Thornton (Art Hoppers) – Claire is a London (Hackney) based artist and the co-founder / Director of Art Hoppers. Art Hoppers deliver gallery-quality art programmes to early years, primary school children and their families in both educational settings and public spaces. Claire is also an independent illustrator and designer.
“I particularly like the way you engaged with both adults and children, and therefore families to play creatively alongside and with each other.”
“Just wanted to thank you for the recording you sent of Tristan’s creation at the SoundHoppers session on Saturday. He came home thrilled with the whole thing!”
Stats about this project
- Drawing / mark making 50% 50%
- Sound 50% 50%
Applied art disciplines
Number of participants
The Big Draw these for 2019 was Drawn to Life. Art Hoppers in partnership with Rich Mix, City & Hackney Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and local families discuss art and well-being via two community events for The Big Draw festival 2019. A community artwork is up on permanent display in Dalston CLR James Library in Hackney as a result of the project.