The R-Space Gallery in Castle Street is currently hosting a sonic installation exhibition curated by artist and curator David Littler.
Uniting the sounds of machines and production with the songs and stories of people involved in the linen industry, the exhibition explores the sonic landscape of the industry in Lisburn and the Lagan Valley.
The commission involves collaborations with former and current linen mill and factory workers, such as doffers, hacklers, roughers, dressers, spinners, cagers and weavers, alongside traditional musicians and contemporary artists from the area including Robert Martin, Paul Moore, Jiann Hughes, Maurice Leyland, Brendan Monaghan.
David Littler is a founder member of sampler-cultureclash – an international collective of sonic and digital artists, textile makers, and traditional and electronic musicians. His work focuses on creating social spaces where people can to come together to share, make, invent and perform.
With thanks to the National Museum of Northern Ireland, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, The Irish Linen Guild, NI Screen, The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, Lisburn City Centre Management, McConville’s Scutching Mill.
This exhibition includes a series of live performances and collaborative making and singing sessions.