Kilver Court Garden, photo by David Ward.

In the Air by David Ward

In the Air is a sound installation created by artist David Ward. The work located beneath the arches of the Charlton Road Viaduct where it passes through the garden.

In the Air is a sound installation made specifically for the unique garden at Kilver Court. Various sound recordings are replayed underneath seven of the arches of the great Charlton Road train viaduct that runs dramatically through these beautiful gardens.  

The recordings include speaking and singing voices and ambient, atmospheric sounds, as diverse as different weather conditions and engines, that relate to the cultural and industrial history of this remarkable site.

In addition to such specific content, the sound work will draw on more universal associations of the garden as a paradise, as an oasis or haven, drawing on rich literary sources of poetry and myth.

Opening time: 16 September – 8 October, 2017
Monday to Saturday – 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm)
Sunday – 10am to 4.30pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Venue details: Kilver Court Gardens, Kilver Street, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 5NF

Sunday 1st October, 2pm – 4pm

David Ward in conversation with curator/writer Angela Kingston

We are delighted to invite curator & writer Angela Kingston to join David Ward to explore the idea and concept behind In The Air.

Angela Kingston is invited as a guest writer to review In The Air for Somerset Art Weeks Festival this year.  Angela is an independent curator based in London and teaching Curating in Contemporary Art at the University of Westminster. She curated exhibitions for major public galleries since 1985. They include ‘Frist Human’ (2016) – commissioned Pump House Gallery, London and toured to Plymouth Arts Centre (2016); ‘3AM’ (2013-4) – commissioned by Bluecoat, Liverpool, and shown at the Bluecoat and at Chapter, Cardiff, The Exchange, Penzance, and Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. Her latest publication The Spectral Drawings, in ‘Ed Pien, Luminous Shadows’, McIntosh Gallery, Ontario, is published by Black Dog in March 2017. In 1998, she managed a commissioning programme for Cancer Centre in Birmingham, where she curated 10 site-specific artworks. Artists include Simon Faithfull, David Ward and Sharon Kivland.

For further information: Please contact SAW office 01458253800 (Tue & Thur 9am – 4pm) or email [email protected]

FREE EVENT. General admission £5 to the garden applies.

About David Ward

David Ward works in a range of media including photography, film, light, sound, dance, performance and writing. His work has a strong collaborative dimension involving both creative dialogues and making collaborative works with others including artists (Bruce McLean and Edmund de Waal)

In the Air is part of A Landscape of Objects, a comissioning programme of Somerset Art Works, working in partnership with Kilver Court. Funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Lottery programme

Review by Angela Kingston. Published on a-n Review

Launch event of Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2017