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.
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
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.
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
© Funke Alafiatayo
In Conversation as Collective Strategy
Yoga @ Humber Street Gallery. Creative Hull, 2021. Courtesy of Absolutely Cultured © James Mulkeen
Yoga @ Humber Street Gallery
Awakening Ceremony, Kara Chin. Courtesy of the artist, 2021. © Kara Chin
Show Real, Kara Chin
Thursday Lates: Otis Mensah & G, 2021. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery © Studio Blue Creative
Fruit Factory Network site visit to Bloc Projects, Sheffield © Absolutely Cultured
Jasleen Kaur, Be Like Teflon, installation view, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Copperfield, London
Flesh ‘n’ Blood, Jasleen Kaur
Creative Case for Diversity: An Introduction
Ashley Holmes, Distend 2021 © Peter Martin. Courtesy the artist and Leeds Art Gallery
Trust Melody, Ashley Holmes
Annabel Streeton at Middle Child © Anete Sooda
Out Loud Scratch Night with Middle Child and Silent Uproar
Imagination Alley, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran
Installation view. HSG Open Call - Season Two. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2021. © Jules Lister
HSG Open Call
Working with Children and Young People
© Kat Griffin
Sound Bath @ Humber Street Gallery
Kristin McGuire © Studio McGuire / Nikki Rummer © Camilla Greenwell
An evening of physical performance with Kristin McGuire and Nikki Rummer
Peel Street Park Mural, Lydia Caprani. Absolutely Cultured © Gerry Smyth
Model City workshop, Absolutely Cultured © Thomas Arran