Congregation of Stoke-on-Trent residents to take part in new arts project

Members of the public are being offered the opportunity to get involved with a unique arts project in Stoke-on-Trent.
Acclaimed sound artist Ray Lee is to premiere Congregation, a new interactive composition involving groups of residents from across the Potteries.
Appetite’s artist development programme is bringing Ray, named British Composer of the Year in 2012, to the city and has arranged introductory talks on 21st January for local residents who want to get involved in Congregation.
Ray will be talking at Appetite’s temporary venue, A Room with a Brew, 31 Stafford Street, Hanley, ST1 1JU from 2pm to 3.30pm and 5.30pm to 7pm.
“The talks are open to all people in Stoke-on-Trent and we will be inviting members of the community groups across the city to take part ” said Gary Cicinskas.
“Ray’s compositions have inspired audiences around the world and we are excited to be able to premiere Congregation in Stoke-on-Trent.”
In Congregation, Ray invites groups of people in locations across the city to be part of the installation by giving them a silver sphere. The sphere will guide them to a new location by emitting sounds – one sound for the correct direction and one for the wrong direction.
As groups of audience members follow the sounds and journey across the city they will meet with other groups to form a Congregation in a central location.
“I am really excited to be working with Appetite. It is a fantastic opportunity to kick start my new project, Congregation,” said Ray Lee.
A date and venue for Congregation’s practical tests will be decided with the participants at the preliminary talks on 21st January.
Appetite is a three year Arts Council England funded programme designed to encourage participation in the arts in Stoke-on-Trent.
To be a part of Ray Lee’s talk’s & tests please contact kat@appetitestoke.co.uk with your name, email address, phone number and postcode. Alternatively please call Kat on 01782 381373 (Ext. 374).
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Notes to Editors:
Appetite is the Creative People and Places programme taking place in Stoke-on-Trent from 2013 to 2016. Appetite aims to get more people in Stoke-on-Trent to experience and be inspired by the arts. This investment in the arts and cultural sector of the area aims to mobilise and strengthen the skills, knowledge and infrastructure that already exists within the area and provide unprecedented opportunities for more people to see, make and influence more art in the city.
The Appetite programme is funded by Arts Council England and is led by the New Vic Theatre in partnership with B Arts, Brighter Futures, Partners in Creative Learning and Staffordshire University. It is supported by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.