“A most eccentric desk” Song for an artwork! Steve Hill performs for launch of Miniature Museums

When we launched the Miniature Museum of Museums by Tara Downs & Bart Sabel at the Waterways Museum last month, we had a very special treat. The artists had engaged in deep research to inform the elements of the artwork, which is presented in the form of a modified and adapted desk. We’re discussing the process and collaborations on Sunday 19th April Flow Contemporary Arts is hosting a brunch at SVA in John Street, Stroud, as part of the SITE Festival.

Tickets: £5 breakfast included, booking essential

Email: office@sva.org.uk. Tel: 01453 751440

To celebrate the contribution and involvement of many of the volunteers and staff, and to add to the interpretation of the collections, we were very grateful to host two performances.

The first was the wonderful Pate Choir from Cheltenham, who sang Song of the Shipbuilders – words by John Greenleaf Whittier & music by Gustav Holst. Holst is most well-known for The Planets, but he was also very interested in folk music and was an active socialist. Sadly our video wasn’t great of the performance as the light was hard to manage, but you can download the words of the  Song of the Shipbuilders and we hope to upload a sound file soon.

The second performer was Steve Hill. Steve is a singer songwriter and works at the Museum in the Park on reception. Asking Steve to write something about the artwork resulted in a song called A Most Eccentric Desk. You can watch it here and enjoy the playful response Steve had to the Miniature Museum of Museums. You can download the words here.

Working with so many inspirational volunteers and staff at all three museums has been what makes this project so special. The commitment and passion people have for the places they give their time to adds a unique dimension to the work of all museums.  We are very grateful and inspired by those people, thank you for making the research process for the artists such a delight.


Thanks to Steve, PATE choir and Julian for whipping out his mobile phone and filming

Published by carolyn black

I'm an artist and also commission contemporary art in unusual locations. As a producer, I fundraise, curate, project manage and deliver projects. I'm also a writer and film-maker.

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