Artist and Sound Therapist Tony Spencer is set to unveil new Geometric Sculptures at 5 regional galleries thanks to his successful ACE Project Grant application
Tony Spencer has been awarded Arts Council England funding to create five unique multi-sensory sculptures based on the forms of platonic geometry, that offer the possibility of exploring emotional wellbeing. An artist with dyslexia, Spencer is interested in creating an extraordinary opportunity for people to engage with sacred geometry through their combined sense of sight, touch and sound. The sculptures will be used to invite neurodiverse audiences to experience art in a ways they may not have experienced art before.
The work will be presented throughout 2020 at five regional galleries, in collaboration with artists Maija Liepins, Christine Dodd, Kate Street and Terence Noble. Accompanying events will include participatory live-performance and therapeutic sound baths.
image 1: Tony Spencer, photograph by Attila Pasek
Working from his studio at the Arches, Southampton, Spencer will build the sculptures from reclaimed wooden pallets sourced from Southampton Wood Recycling Project, leaving as little a carbon footprint as possible.
Each sculpture, about 90cm in diameter, will incorporate therapeutic sound frequencies mathematically connected to its geometry. They’ll have accessible interior spaces that manipulate light and create visual-illusions of finite darkness, infinite reflection, colour etc).
Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said:
“We are thrilled to support No Thing ‘is’ Immediate through our National Lottery Project Grants funding programme. At the Arts Council we believe that arts and culture has a positive impact on wellbeing, and this project achieves that through a unique combination of sculpture, light and sound. Through his innovative approach to inclusivity, artist Tony Spencer will enable more people to experience the great benefits that cultural activity can bring.”
Icosohedron; corresponding with the element of water
The first completed sculpture, an Icosahedron titled Nothing Would Disturb Me is due to be premiered at Sandham Memorial Chapel in March.
Saturated Space, the upcoming exhibition at Sandham Memorial Chapel, is an Associate Artist group exhibition arranged by Chapel Arts Studios and The National Trust.
On the opening night, Wednesday 11 March, the Icosahedron will be installed in the chapel itself with Stanley Spencer’s unique wall paintings for a one-night-only experience. It will then be on show in the gallery at Sandham until 29 March.
No Thing ‘is’ Immediate is supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.