The Sea Music education programme is to celebrate Sir Anthony Caro’s sculpture of the same name, situated in the town of Poole. ‘Sea Music’ (1991) is the only publicly commissioned site-specific sculpture by the artist and is situated on Poole Quay.
Poole Museum have invited The Roche Court Educational Trust to co-deliver the ‘Sea Music’ Schools Programme. Educational activities will support plans from Poole Museum and the New Art Centre for a major restoration of the sculpture and an exhibition in May 2017.
Borough of Poole Museum service has been awarded a development grant from Heritage Lottery Funds to support this work.
‘Sea Music’ Press Release
More information about ‘Sea Music’ via Poole Museum website
Schools and Young People’s Programme
We have been invited by Poole Museum to lead the schools and young people’s programme due to our specialist knowledge and skills in modern and contemporary art.
By focusing interpretation initially on the sculpture, the context and landscape implicit in its conception and construction can be celebrated. We are currently working with a range of partners including SoundStorm Music Education, Pavilion Dance South West and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to deliver projects to young people.
We will be working towards creating resources that will benefit a continual and sustained focus on the sculpture, its importance for Poole and its cultural heritage and the environment.
Sculpture into Song
120 primary school pupils use the sculpture to create their own choral song
Since 2015 pupils from Canford Heath Junior School have been working with Soundstorm and the Roche Court Educational Trust on a special project to explore the sculpture.
The project has brought together the creative processes of looking at art and composing new music by taking the students’ personal observations, interpretations and understanding of the sculpture and using these words and phrases to create a new choral song.
All students have worked with musician Katie Sayles to translate their lyrics into a melody and rehearsed their newly composed music together as a whole group at the school.
‘The Sea Music project, which the children at Canford Heath Infants School took part in, was a really inspiring project. From the beginning we wanted this to be a cross-curriculum project, incorporating speaking and listening, literacy, art and design, ICT and music. Visiting the ‘Sea Music’ sculpture on Poole Quay enabled the children to not only develop their understanding of what sculpture is and how it fits into our local environment, but also provided them with a rich vocabulary to be able to talk about sculpture. Whilst visiting the sculpture the children had the opportunity to do some sketching and take photographs of it and then back at school they were able to use a computer programme to digitally manipulate these images. They also created the words and music for a song about the sculpture and then performed this to the rest of the school. At the end of year 2, when the children were leaving to go to a new school, many of the children said that the Sea Music project was the best experience they had ever had!’
Liz Preston, Class Teacher
The performance on Tuesday 22 November triumphantly concludes the ‘Sculpture into Song’ project and marks the 25th Anniversary of when ‘Sea Music’ was first unveiled to the public.
Listen to the children singing the song:
The Roche Court Educational Trust worked with Haymoor Junior School to explore ‘Sea Music’ through personal observations, critical analysis and research.
All 90 pupils in Year 3 had the opportunity to take part in workshops at the site of the sculpture and through activities led by the Trust at Poole Museum. Following the workshops each class worked with their class teacher and one another to produce a collaborative poem about their experiences, findings and knowledge of the artist. The poems were then recited to the rest of the school at a special assembly.
Listen to the children reading their poems:
ARTiculation Discovery Workshops
Discovery ARTiculation workshops are being held to stimulate students’ interest and understanding of the sculpture, whilst developing individual thinking, observation, research, language and presentation skills.
Using the only publicly commissioned site-specific sculpture by the artist Anthony Caro, students from Lytchett Minster and Poole High School were invited to explore ‘Sea Music’ through personal observation, discussion and research. The day allowed students to research the artwork through archival materials and their own observations. Experts from Poole Museum and the Trust were on hand to offer support and shape oral presentations that were shared to an audience by the end of the day.
Article about ‘Sea Music’ by ARTiculation alumni Molly Nickson
To celebrate the conservation of Anthony Caro’s ‘Sea Music’ on Poole Quay, 3rd Dimension, an online magazine and newsletter which is part of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, asked ARTiculation alumni Molly Nickson to share her thoughts on this publicly sited sculpture.
As an introduction to the article, Joanna Littlejohns, Head of ARTiculation shares Molly’s background and context in writing the article:
In 2013 Molly Nickson, a 17 year old student at Townley Grammar School, captivated an audience at the Saatchi Gallery with her discussion of Henry Moore’s public sculpture Standing Figure Knife Edge in Greenwich Park, South London. Molly’s personal, direct and analytical approach to a sculpture whose form gradually revealed itself to her, with every visit to her local park, saw her win first prize at the Finals of ARTiculation at Clare College, University of Cambridge.
Now a History of Art Undergraduate at the University of Oxford, Molly revisits public sculpture here in 3rd Dimension to discuss another of Britain’s most influential sculptors of the twentieth century, Sir Anthony Caro, on the eve of the reopening and restoration of Sea Music on the Quay at Poole in Dorset.
Read the full article here
A Lecture about ‘Sea Music’ by Stephen Feeke, Director of the New Art Centre
Please see here to watch a recording of the lecture Stephen Feeke gave at Poole Museum, Friday 6 September 2016 as part of Dorset Architectural Heritage week.