Ashley Holmes, Distend 2021 © Peter Martin. Courtesy the artist and Leeds Art Gallery

Trust Melody, Ashley Holmes

Trust Melody is an ambitious new installation made up of audio, textiles, sculpture and moving image works. It continues the artist’s ongoing work and research on the collection and presentation of music and sound.

At the centre of Trust Melody is a multi-channel sound installation made up of abstracted field recordings, music and vocals produced by Holmes between 2019 and 2021. It explores cultural memory and the potential of music to act as an alternative form of storytelling. The work attempts to make connections between sound, place, technology and race. It does this by delving into genres of Black music, tracing relationships between Black social life and the natural world as a way to map and understand historical and site-specific cultural contexts.

Humber Street Gallery commissioned this work which will be on display across Space 2.

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Exhibition Launch Party

Thursday 27 January 2022
Humber Street Gallery
Free, no booking required

Join us to celebrate the opening of our latest exhibitions at Humber Street Gallery, Show Real by Kara Chin and Trust Melody by Ashley Holmes.

This event is a chance to meet the artists, visit both exhibitions and to bring people together from across the city for a drink or two.

Thursday Lates: Emily Gray & Jamal Sterrett

Thursday 17 February 2022
Humber Street Gallery
Booking required

A double bill will see new performance work by dancers Emily Gray and Jamal Sterrett. Both Emily and Jamal will develop unique performances in response to themes of identity, technology, reality, and history, as will be explored in new solo exhibitions on throughout Spring 2022 at Humber Street Gallery by Ashley Holmes and Kara Chin.

Artist bio

Ashley Holmes (b. Luton, 1990) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sheffield working between sound, video, radio broadcasts and performance.

He hosts Tough Matter, a monthly broadcast on NTS Radio and also facilitates Open Deck – a series of gatherings giving space to collectively listen and hold discursive space around relationships to music, sound and oral histories.

Recent selected work & projects include; REWORKS / PDA, as part of Radio Arts Catalyst Residency programme (2021) ; A Free Moment, solo exhibition curated by Christina Gigliotti at Futura Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, (2020); away, completely: denigrate, group exhibition curated by Languid Hands at Narrative Projects, London (2020); Double 6, audiovisual installation and performance w R.I.P. Germain commissioned by Poor Image Projects at former Court Room of Leeds Town Hall, Leeds (2019); Survey, group exhibition by Jerwood Arts, London. Toured to G39, Cardiff; The Bluecoat, Liverpool; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Jerwood Visual Arts, London (2018 – 2019); …and their tooth, finest gold: group exhibition curated by Deborah Joyce Holman at Les Urbaines, Lausanne (2018).

26 January – 3 April 2022

Space 2, Humber Street Gallery


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