Urban Creation contributes £25,000 to arts project

April 29, 2016

Urban Creation has made a £25,000 contribution to a new arts project that will see 114 FM radios come to life as part of Bristol New Music.

The installation, Requiem for 114 Radios by artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, will be at the heart of this year’s international contemporary music weekend, Bristol New Music, which runs from Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th May at Colston Hall, St George’s and The Cube.

Jonathan Brecknell, director at Urban Creation, which is funding the Requiem for 114 Radios project that will premier in Bristol on May 12th, met the artists behind the project.

He said: “I am thrilled to be supporting this fantastic new art installation that embodies perfectly the creative and innovative spirit for which Bristol is so well-known. I am passionate about this vibrant city and its dynamic, cutting-edge arts and music scene, so it is hugely rewarding to be helping to support this exciting project.”

Set within the depths of the Colston Hall cellars, the installation will see 114 radios individually tuned to separate singing voices, static and unidentifiable noise, creating an ethereal choir singing Dies Irae which famously featured in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and The Shining.

Normally closed to the public, the eerie experience offers a rare opportunity for visitors to access the cellars of the 1867-built Colston Hall, prior to closing for a two-year redevelopment project. The premiere of Requiem of 114 Radios, commissioned by public art producers Ginkgo Projects and Colston Hall for the Bristol New Music festival and funded by Urban Creation, appears at Colston Hall for an extended period following the weekend of music events.

The contribution by Urban Creation is part of a package of community benefits associated with its £4.5million renovation project at Prince William & Matthew House in Bristol.

The completed project will see the two buildings house 75 student bedrooms and communal space, as well as a cinema and gym.