Queen’s Hall Arts have commissioned international multimedia artists Davy & Kristin McGuire and North East musician Bridie Jackson to create Unsung Heroes - a brand new augmented reality gig co-created with the local community.
Songwriter Bridie Jackson worked with communities in and around Hexham to collect stories about the everyday people who have inspired them - whether it’s the neighbour who brought their shopping during lockdown, someone who has made a difference in their village or a figure from local history who did something incredible but never got the recognition they deserve. Bridie created songs celebrating these unsung heroes and they have been recorded by North East musicians Kate Gessey, Carole and Gary Bowden, Aukestra with Lesley Roley, Leon Fussell and Ian Brown.
Audiences will then be able to experience a ‘mini gig’ wherever they are simply by pointing their camera phone at a postcard which will make the musicians pop up to perform the songs on a ‘postcard stage’. As well as a smartphone app, there will also be an interactive exhibition at the Queen’s Hall in 2021. Details will be announced shortly.
Unsung Heroes is part of Here and Now, a national and local celebration of culture within communities. 40 brand new projects will take place in and around 40 arts centres across the country, led by artists and co-created with local people. The project is supported by Arts Council England and Future Arts Centres, marking The National Lottery’s 25th birthday.
More news on this project coming soon!