Installation view. Ashley Holmes, Trust Melody. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2022 © Jules Lister

Trust Melody, Ashley Holmes

Trust Melody was an ambitious new installation made up of audio, textiles, sculpture and moving image works. This new body of work, commissioned by Humber Street Gallery, continued Holmes’ interdisciplinary research practice into the lineage of music and sound. It was a way of relating through knowing and understanding one’s place in the world, with an interest in the ways stories of the past – fictional, archival, historical and poetic – help us to make sense of the present.

At the centre of Trust Melody was a multichannel sound-installation made up of a series of edited, layered and sampled sounds from various musical recordings, performances, vocals and field recordings. It reflected on the influence and social contexts of Rocksteady, Doo Wop and music that emerged from Jamaica during the mid-1960s, considered the legacies of the Blues, and drew connections to Grime in Britain in the early-mid 2000s.

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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.


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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.


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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