Poole responds creatively to Sea Music

Sea Music on Poole Quay

Over the past 12 months residents and visitors to Poole have been working with artists and project partners on an array of creative projects to celebrate the conservation of Sea Music, the 25 year old public art work on the Quay that was gifted to Poole by internationally famous artist Sir Anthony Caro on Poole Quay.

Music, murals, poems and sculptures have all been created inspired by Poole’s heritage and the Sea Music sculpture. A sample of the work produced in the creative workshops, schools programme, and with writer in residence Becci Louise can be seen in a new exhibition opening at Poole Museum on 21 October.  At 2.30pm on this day a special dance performance by intergenerational dancers will take place on Sea Music on Poole Quay plus local singers will perform the specially commissioned choir song by Ali Sharpe.

In Poole Museum’s second gallery an exhibition will showcase the work of visual artists Jonathan Parsons and Amy Bourbon plus writer Becci Louise who were all resident at the Museum for a month of this year. Each artist spent time researching the heritage of Poole and the story of Sea Music to create their own artistic responses. The artists also shared their skills with local artists and residents in workshops and talks.

More workshops, talks and performances continue to take place up to the 26th anniversary of the installation of Sea Music on 22 November.  

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Cllr Mohan Iyengar, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Culture and Community, Borough of Poole, said: “We’re seeing residents of Poole working together wonderfully with the artists who have come to Poole to celebrate Sea Music in its 25th year.

“I look forward to this exhibition and seeing the fantastic works that have been created throughout the restoration process over the last year. I’d also encourage everyone to visit our local museum and take part in the free workshops and talks on offer throughout this exhibition.”

The exhibitions at Poole Museum are free for all to visit and will be open throughout the autumn and winter. The partners in the project were Roche Court Educational Trust,Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Pavilion Dance South West, Soundstorm and Activate Performing Arts. The Sea Music Project was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England plus generous sponsors.

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