Dewsbury art group to turn Hepworth sculptures into musical works

The Hepworth Wakefield. Photo by Iwan Baan

“Mapping the Music” will be a sonic exploration of Barbara Hepworth’s sculptural work, where works will be mapped in 3D and translated into music, creating a multi-sensory experience of her work.

Creator and musician Supriya Nagarajan will work with sound artist Duncan Chapman on the development of the piece, as well as Lucy Nolan and Becki Luff of musical duo Chroma Harp and percussionist Delia Stevens.

Supriya said: “This is a truly exciting project, and we are thrilled to be working with The Hepworth Wakefield to bring Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures to life through music.

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Supriya Nagarajan. Photo by Shanaz Gulzar

“Working closely with Lucy and Becki allowed us to channel the crisscrossing string designs in Hepworth’s work through the similar lines and textures of the harp to really capture Hepworth’s eye through sound.”

Barbara Hepworth’s own physical journeys through industrial Wakefield to the rocky landscapes of Cornwall will be mapped to music, capturing the very paths she walked in an audio-visual journey.

“Art is multi-sensory and can be experienced in different ways,” Supriya said.

“Channeling my personal experiences with synesthesia, I really look forward to taking people on a sonic journey to see Hepworth’s work through a new and diverse lens.”

Nicola Freeman, Director of Engagement and Learning at The Hepworth Wakefield, said: “To celebrate Hepworth’s legacy as a lifelong inspiration, we have welcomed a range of creative responses to Hepworth’s work. during the exhibition.

“’Mapping the Music’ will take place in the final weeks of the show and really demonstrates how music, art and technology can come together to create something truly innovative.

“We think our audience will be fascinated by this process and the new perspective it brings to Hepworth’s sculptures.”

The performance will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 19.

For more information and to book tickets, visit: www.hepworthwakefield.org/whats-on/supriya-nagarajan-mapping-the-music

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