Robbie and Jo were selected for a VARC ‘Entwined’ residency in Northumberland based at Tarset Village Hall that took place in May 2021 (Information HERE). Their initial idea was to work with the Song Reivers Community Choir who use the hall, to investigate layers of place though sonification and voicing. During their residency however, the hall was unable to be used due to Covid restrictions. Robbie and Jo’s response was to use the external hall notice boards to communicate the words of ‘This is Home‘, by Sophia Efthimiou, a song from the repertoire of the Song Reivers Community Choir.
“I so often find myself looking outside of myself (mostly forward) to find a sense of completion, of rest, of belonging. I wrote this song as a mantra, to remind myself that I am always at home”Sophia Efthimiou
The words in the noticeboards changed each day over the course of 8 days to reveal the lyrics of the song. Even though the choir was not able to use the hall for the social act of singing, the work was able to reveal some of the emotional landscapes present and to explore how creative work, even during a pandemic, can help maintain connections between individuals, community and place.
“This is home
Where I belong
In this breath
In this heart
This is home
Where I belong
In this voice
In this song“
Above: Installation of film of the work at Entwined exhibition at High Green. September 2021
Assembly House Gallery, Newcastle. December 2nd – 11th 2021
Following the exhibition at VARC’s home of Highgreen in September 2021, the show toured to Newcastle and coincided with the launch of the ENTWINED publication and online conference.
This full colour publication expands on some of the conversations and ideas sparked by the ENTWINED programme and reflects on VARC’s 21 years as an arts charity based in rural Northumberland. Authors include: Dave Pritchard, Susan Trangmar, Lucy May Schofield, Lesley Guy, Mike Collier, Alexander Marr, Ingrid Pollard, Julie Crawshaw, Ysanne Holt, Cynthia Morrison-Bell, Mike Pratt, Corrine Fowler, and Menelaos Gkartzios. There are also pages dedicated to each of the ENTWINED artists: Andrew Burton, Robbie Coleman & Jo Hodges, Sam Douglas, Shane Finan, Catriona Gallagher, Bridget Kennedy, Emily Ketteringham and Kate Liston.
Further work Field Station: HERE made during the residency at VARC can be viewed HERE