photographKurt Schwitters' journey - a filmic response

Helen Petts talks about her video installation

Location: Hatton Gallery
Time/Date: 14th August 2012, 18:00 - 20:00

Tuesday 14 August, 6-8pm. Free Entry. Refreshments

Join artist Helen Petts at Hatton Gallery as she talks about her exhibition Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing. Her digital film installation follows Kurt Schwitters' journey to the Lake District, via a remote island in Norway, escaping Nazi persecution during the Second World War. Exploring rhythms, textures, sounds and found objects within the landscape, intercut with leading free improvising musicians Phil Minton, Roger Turner, Adam Bohman and Sylvia Hallett, Petts' will talk about walking alone in remote sites over the course of a year; filming on a variety of tiny digital cameras; then editing in an empty mansion in the Lake District, and mastering the surround sound with Diamanda Galas's sound engineer.

Also showing is Sea Shanties, an earlier work by Helen Petts, focusing on the free improvisation of singer Phil Minton and percussionist Roger Turner, originally commissioned by Matt's Gallery, London.  Petts' blog can also be seen in the gallery or read online on

Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing has been commissioned by the Unlimited programme, part of the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad.

A Huffington Post 21 Best Art Events of the Cultural Olympiad.

The exhibition continues until the 18 August, then goes to the Royal Festival Hall, London and Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal.


Hatton Gallery
The Quadrangle, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

Free entry
Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm

Image Credit:
Artist Helen Petts 

Published: 30th July 2012