As the first stop of a national tour, artists Elise Liversedge and Mary Hooper bring their Light Vessel inspired project ‘Last Station located & dislocated’ to Bexhill.
This is where both artists are from, but Bexhill is also home to the Royal Sovereign Light Vessel station six miles out on the horizon.
Where once was anchored a Light Vessel with guiding light and moaning foghorn, now sits a silent concrete platform as a warning marker for mariners.
This event is part of the De La Warr Pavilion’s ‘Dear Serge’ 2015 programme.
Three Light Vessel inspired artworks will be showcased at the DLWP.
There will be two performances of the ‘The Light Vessel,’ an eight minute choral work composed by international musician Trevor Watts, which is an anthem to the Light Vessel ships, the crews and their families, libretto by Kay Syrad, conducted by musical director John Langridge and sung by the Last Station Singers, accompanied by pianist Richard Eldridge. Other works include ‘Located’ sculpture with sound installation; ‘Work of the Lightship Men 1000 tasks’ by writer and librettist Kay Syrad; and ‘Flag’ and ‘Badge’ which will be a series of six limited edition artworks for sale as part of the 2014-16 touring programme
The Last Station project book will also be available to look at, along with short movies and sound archive, charting a year’s work to create the piece.
Audiences are encouraged to take part: There will be two free Vocal Foghorn Workshops led by renowned singer song writer Claire Hamil: visitors to the DLWP and local singers will be invited to take part in the Royal Sovereign Foghorn Blast, recreated for the event as a vocal performance within the building and accompanied by experimental sound artist Nick Weekes.
Elise and Mary hope to hear from anyone with memories or connections to the Royal Sovereign ship and fog stories.