Sounds and Visions in partnership with Aspex Gallery is part of this year’s 10-day Portsmouth Festivities. The unique collaboration between Benyounes Quartet and visual artist Melanie Rose promises to be a lively, entertaining and family friendly event. Melanie will produce original drawings, projected for all to see, in response to live music, performed by the prize winning string quartet.
But that is just the beginning. Event organisers want anyone who turns up to watch, to have the opportunity to create their own art.
According to Producer Samantha Worsey, of Portsmouth Festivities, “You don’t need to have any knowledge of art or music to enjoy Sounds and Visions. It’s about taking part and being inspired.” Samantha adds, “With music of this quality, inspiration will come easily!”
The Benyounes Quartet is gaining a reputation as one of the most engaging, dynamic and successful quartets to emerge from the UK in recent years. They have performed in prestigious venues around the world, been played on BBC Radio 3 and recently released their debut album - Mozart Piano Concertos on Meridian Records.
Melanie Rose is an associate artist of Aspex Gallery, Gunwharf Quays. Aspex has partnered with Portsmouth Festivities to create this opportunity. A conceptual artist, her work is rooted in drawing. Her recent work includes the heart2art project, co-funded by Arts Council England, Portsmouth City Council and Aspex. She is currently creating work focusing on the South Downs.