Saturday, 29 May 2010

EMERGENCY WORDS: Margaret Sharrow performs at Lampeter, Manchester, Liverpool Biennial

Image: Life ring, Pembrokeshire. Copyright Margaret Sharrow, 2010.

What words would you want to save you in an emergency? That's the question Lampeter artist Margaret Sharrow will be asking members of the public in her new performance piece, 'EMERGENCY WORDS'.

The event will premiere in Lampeter at the Poets and Peasants Society, Thursday 9 September at 8:30 pm in the Castle Green, Bryn Road.

Sharrow will offer audience members cards on which to write their chosen life-saving words. The cards will then be attached to a life ring, kindly on loan from the Aberaeron Harbourmaster's office. Later in the evening Sharrow will read aloud the collection of words.

'It's a chance for people to reflect on what gives them comfort or redemption, and on what constitutes an emergency,' says Sharrow. 'And also, what might be important or sustaining for other people. By having only a small card to express themselves, people will become part of a kind of live Twitter event - except all contributions will be anonymous.'

Sharrow, a graduate of Aberystwyth University's School of Art and winner of a Geoffrey Crawshay Memorial Travel Scholarship for travel to Greenland in 2008, has previously performed at Lampeter's Poets and Peasants group. In June she performed 'Shrouded Artist', following on from her mixed media exhibition 'Shrouded Forms' at Lampeter's Town Hall Café-Deli in April this year.

'EMERGENCY WORDS' will travel to Manchester's greenroom, 54-56 Whitworth Street West, on Friday 1 October from 5:00 to 9:00 pm, as part of an 'Emergency' themed weekend of performance art co-produced with the arts organisation hÅb. In November Sharrow plans to perform the piece at the Liverpool Biennial. Times and venues will be confirmed on her website,

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