On 28 May 2014, Ellena Simpson had expressed her concerns that we were running short of time with regard to the project and because we had our last assessment in the next few days and summer show, we were not making The Orangery Exhibition our priority. I advised Ellena that I would write up a plan of action and post on Facebook as follows:
1. Need TITLE for exhibition urgently so that poster and press release can be sent this week to Rebecca (at least she will have all info when she eventually responds)… I later suggested the title Synaesthesia
(the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body)
2. If Rebecca does not reply ref poster/press release, confirm if ok to go ahead with Edith and print a couple of posters (one could be placed in studio 11 for summer show). Poster printing costs £6-8each in creation. Also email Jake May in college marketing with press release.
3. Meet with Olly ASAP to sound record at Saltram and discuss other audio to be mixed in i.e. classical music – baroque? and possible recording of Janine Rook reading passage from Morley/Austin letters? Students met with Olly Wickes on 29 May 2014
4. Chase up insurance. Edith later received confirmation that we would not have to pay for additional insurance for equipment.
5. Make sound boards – these need to be designed, priced up and made – will not be able to use studio 11 but between us I think we have plenty of tools etc – sunny day building in garden it is!
6. Source free/cheap furniture.
On 9 May 2014 the group met with Olly Wickes of Deep Blue Sound to discuss our ideas regarding The Orangery exhibition at Saltram House. He seemed extremely interested in the proposal which Reiss Portman had drafted up and thought that a few DBS students would definitely want to be involved with producing a sound piece for the exhibition.
He also advised us that DBS would be able to provide equipment but there would be a small charge for this. We advised Olly that we had no funding but would be happy to individually put some money toward the project. With regard to equipment, he said that DBS had some small white speakers which would be fairly subtle within the space but we also discussed placing them inside plinths for security and aesthetic reasons.
After collating all the information including dates etc, Olly advised that he would get back to us with regard to the costs of hiring equipment etc.
Ellena Simpson emailed Rebecca Wickes, National Trust with the email addresses of each student involved in the Saltram House Orangery exhibition and also inquired about asking Deep Blue Sound for assistance. We received the following response:
Thanks for the contact details.
It was great to meet you all last month, your project sounds very exciting and I’m really pleased that Saltram is involved. I’ve attached a volunteer registration form for your all to pop your details on – this way you will be able to claim back travel expenses to and from Saltram for the duration of this project. When it comes to putting in references, just put Edith, we won’t need any more than that.
The best person to approach at DbS Music is Olly Wickes (email given). I’ve planted the seed with him already and he is keen to know more so, over to you!
I look forward to seeing you all again soon and hearing more about the exhibition.
Volunteer registration form
On Thursday 27 February 2014 the students met with Rebecca Wickes, National Trust and Anthony Cockell, Gardener of Saltram House at Studio 11. Below are brief notes I took during the meeting:
Earliest starting date: Monday 23 June 2014
Needs to be emptied/cleared by: Thursday 7th August 2014
Possible performance dates(Jem Williams advised that Janine Rook would be happy to assist): any date between Monday 23 June and Sunday 27 July -the earlier the better (bear in mind open air evening performance of Pirates of Penzance is on Friday 4th July)
Deep Blue Sound (Rebecca’s husband is a lecturer) – sound:
They will need a detailed plan/proposal asap – also possibility of using their equipment (Jem Williams and Reiss Portman have been given a freestanding board during their Bbroots project which we could use/adapt as a sound board).
Saltram House Tour Guide – literature info:
Can give further historical info and also have access to Saltram archives (won’t have to contact Devon Records Office).
Rebecca to sign us up as National Trust Volunteers so that travel expenses can be claimed.
National Trust can provide press release template. Will also need to liaise with PCA Marketing Team.
Saltram House currently in the process of obtaining furniture for chapel tearoom and there may be a surplus of items we can use. Also Rebecca suggested looking at knightssurplus.co.uk, Little Camden Market etc. (We could create a seating area within the orangery to allow visitors to sit, relax and listen to the sound piece – creating a social hub).
On Tuesday 4 February 2014, the group discussed ideas for the Saltram House Orangery exhibition.
It was suggested that we move forward with the sound piece idea and perhaps record some readings of historical literature which connects to Saltram House. Jem Williams noted that she could contact Janine Rook – a lady who had taken part in a performance workshop (attended by myself, Jem and Reiss Portman) who had a good speaking, mediative quality to her voice. We discussed the possibility of having a live performance, if Janine would be happy to assist.
Following the meeting, myself and Will Danby took some sound recording equipment to Saltram House to record some of the natural sounds of the area. These recordings were purely experimental and the examples recorded such as walking over the gravel, the trees rustling in the wind and the water fountain, could be fed back to the rest of the group to discuss the effect they could create.