The Hepworth Band have just completed an ambitious artistic project that has taken them from a local jam to a global stage.
The Hepworth Band has just completed a successful two-year funded project that has enhanced its artistic profile and increased performance opportunities with new audiences post-Covid-19.
“From Lockdown to Stage” was supported by a grant from One Community Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the National Lottery from Arts Council England.
Team manager Yvonne Embury told 4BR: “The ambitious project has given the team real focus and allowed us to exit the lockout period with confidence and success.
Our thanks to our funders for their support and to Carole Crompton for her expertise in co-ordinating and submitting the bid to Arts Council England on our behalf.”
In response, Carol said: “The project had a great concept and outcome and was a great example of a team that was ambitious and determined to reach new audiences.”
The project has seen the team launch a new responsive website, improve their social media platforms and take advantage of a bespoke social media support and training package provided by marketing studio Jolly Northerner.
Working with KMJ Recordings and Batch Video Production, Jolly Northerner has also contributed to the four-part online concert video series that has been enjoyed around the world.
Jonny Shaw, founder of Jolly Northerner, said: “It has been a privilege to be involved in such a forward-looking project and one that has benefited the company immensely.”
‘Rhythm of Light’, an innovative collaboration between the band, composer Dr Liz Lane and one of the UK’s leading art galleries, The Hepworth Wakefield, provided the focal point for the acclaimed project.
Barbara Hepworth Gallery
The funded commission celebrated the life and work of artist Dame Barbara Hepworth and formed part of a series of audiovisual works in response to the gallery’s tenth anniversary exhibition, ‘Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life’.
The gallery’s outdoor sculpture garden provided a unique setting for the work’s premiere with the performance set among his inspirational works.
Speaking about the occasion, Dr Liz Lane said: “I was delighted to be asked to write the piece, and even more so to be the backdrop for the ‘Three Obliques (Walk-In)’ sculpture in front of Cardiff University’s School of Music. It has been my life for over a decade. musical”.
Dr Lane added that another unexpected highlight happened when the National Galleries of Scotland – who were organizing the ‘Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life’ tour – used an excerpt of the recording on TikTok.
In the summer, the band returned to performing live music and community events by presenting ‘FeastFest’, a free and fun family festival in partnership with Hepworth Football Club – another sign to mark the end of the band’s journey from the block to the stage. .