The Women of Lyttelton Gaol audio work by sound artist Helen Greenfield opened in the Rose Garden, Lyttelton at 6pm, Friday 14th December.
It plays half hourly between 9 am and 7pm daily for the next to months and is so worth checking out.
Helen explains her piece :
The name, age, occupation, nationality and sentence of each woman was spoken and recorded, and over ten hours of audio were condensed into the 9-minute piece.
As the work progresses, the names of Lyttelton Gaol’s most frequent female inmates can be heard clearly. The work is also chronological, with the layered sounds reflecting the number of women imprisoned at Lyttelton over the decades. It becomes an intense babble during the busy years, and tapers off towards the end when fewer women were sent there.
Thank you to Blair Parkes for much help assembling the piece and thank you to all of the women who lent their voices to this project: Niamh Buchanan, Lynn Campbell, Helen Cobb, Jac Coia, Helaina Coote, Anita Cox, Emma Cunningham, Lynley Edmeades, Wendy Everingham, Noelle Fox, Karen Gartland, Fiona Graham, Brenda Hurl, Amie Hurst, Alison Isherwood, Laura Jones, Nancy Kane, Ciara Lambe, Kathy MacKenzie, Kerry McCarthy, Maeve Montgomery-McCarthy, Fiona McGregor, Andrea McHarg, Wendy McKay, Lizzie Meek, Aoife Mulhall, Barbara Nelson, Ursula Rack, Nicole Randall, Liza Rossie, Lynn Stephen, Sue Stubenvoll.
If you’re not in Lyttelton in the next couple of months, you can listen to the sound work here.
Read more about Lyttelton Museum’s Gaol Project here.
It was a great project to be part of.