Artangel have been responsible for commissioning and producing many great art projects over the past twenty years in countless locations and using different forms of media. The last one we covered on FRUK was ‘A Room for London‘ back in 2012: a boat perched on top of the Queen Elizabeth hall in which 38 writers, musicians and artists created unique pieces. They included Andrew Bird, Josh T Pearson, Stornoway, tUnE-yArDs and many more.
For their latest project they are using the Inland Revenue’s former staff gymnasium and rifle range at Somerset House, London. From January 16th members of the public will have the opportunity to see PJ Harvey in full creative mode.
Along with guest musicians, recording engineers, and producers Flood and John Parish she will be crafting her new ninth studio album for forty-five minutes at a time within a glazed architecturally-designed studio. The studio has been designed to ensure the artists can concentrate on the work at hand without distraction so they won’t be able to hear anyone outside or see them through the one-way glass.
It is a ticketed event and those that attend won’t know what they will see beforehand. It could be anything from laying down tracks, discussions or a full performance of a new songs.
The event opens on 16th January and tickets are available here.
PJ Harvey’s last album was in 2011 with Let England Shake for which she won a Mercury Prize, it was covered extensively on FRUK. The album was accompanied by 12 striking films made by Seamus Murphy, you can watch The Last Living Rose below: