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Exhibition: Sound Matters – Ismini Samanidou & Scanner

Ismini Samanidou and Scanner for Sound MattersWeave Waves brings together sound artist Scanner and textile designer Ismini Samanidou seen in the Sound Matters Exhibition at The Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University. Scanner & Ismini  are exploring sound, geography and mapping, code, place and scale through textiles and how this data relates to textile-weave structures and musical scores.

The sketchbook of the thinking illustrating the thinking process behind Weave Waves can be seen here

Sound Matters considers the connections between craft practice and sound art. Seven contemporary works have been selected to illustrate ways in which these two distinct practices can collide. Exploring the physicality of sound, the works are characterised by both their sonic properties and materiality. The artists include  Max Eastley, Keith Harrison, Cathy Lane, Owl Project,  Studio Weave, Dominic Wilcox & Yuri Suzuki

The makers and artists represented in this exhibition demonstrate how an engagement with sound also implicates an engagement with matter. Drawn from across creative disciplines, each work is indicative of a different approach: looking to traditional craft heritage and processes such as weaving and wood turning to create new sound forms, playing with shared technologies and language and revealing the sounds of materials.

With its equal emphasis on sound and form, Sound Matters offers a new and multi-sensory engagement with craft, with each work demanding to be heard as well as seen. With works of varying scale and volume, it is as important to listen as to look to fully experience the show.

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Job: Machine and Apprentice House Interpreter

NT purple_160x60Job title: Machine and Apprentice House Interpreter
Salary: £12,304 per annum, pro rata (£6.31 per hour)
Contract: Permanent, part-time (780 annualised hours)
Location: Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire
Reference: IRC9871

About the role
Quarry Bank Mill is one of Britain’s greatest industrial sites. Overflowing with atmosphere of the Industrial Revolution, Channel 4 recently filmed the series, The Mill, here based on its history. From the cotton mill powered by Europe’s strongest working waterwheel to Apprentice House, the safe home built for pauper children, the successful candidate will help bring all the magic of this famous property to life.

Demonstrating weaving techniques on historic machinery and sharing secrets and stories of the Apprentice House, you’ll get people involved in exciting tours of Quarry Bank Mill. The National Trust wants everyone who visits to get a good insight into its history. You will talk about how domestic life was back then and you additionally you will demonstrate skills by spinning thread and woven fabric using our carding, spinning and weaving machinery, while talking to visitors about how it all works. From school sessions to special events, your work will make sure people leave smiling, full of new knowledge and excited to return.

Sharing stories and operating historic machinery, the successful candidate will bring the history of Quarry Bank Mill to life, taking visitors back in time on a tour that they won’t forget.

The role is based on 780 annualised hours so hours worked may vary from month to month but your salary will be paid in 12 equal installments over the year.

Skills required
You will have existing excellent customer service skills, a great imagination and a welcoming smile. Engaging and entertaining, you need to be able to confidently share stories in a way that interests and excites people of all ages, from all backgrounds. An interest in history and textiles would be a real bonus. Do not worry if you’ve never used spinning or weaving equipment before – the National Trust will give you plenty of training but you need to be switched-on, engaged and confident following health & safety regulations. You won’t be afraid to get stuck in, working together with colleagues to give visitors the best experience.

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