Meeting Point2: Prescot Museum

© Jonathan Turner

A musical and sculptural exploration of time keeping through the ages. 

  • Facts

    Title The Sound of Time
    Historical Sites Prescot Museum
    Lead Artists Owl Project
    Artwork Installation
    Partners / Stakeholders Prescot Museum, Arts&Heritage and Arts Council England
    Budget £10,000.00
    Dates 2 December 2017 - 28 February 2018
  • Description


    © Jonathan Turner

    The project is part of the Meeting Point2 project led by Arts&Heritage. It supports ten new contemporary art installations at museums across the North East, North West and Yorkshire during 2017. Meeting Point2 is funded by Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund.

    The Sounds of Time by artist collective Owl Project, uses clock parts combined with wood, glass and electronics to make sculptural pieces based on timepieces through the ages, from hour glasses and pocket watches to modern quartz watches.

    Simon Blackmore from Owl Project said: “We’ve used laser technology to isolate individual sounds from clocks and timepieces – like the sound of a single gear turning, the sound of water moving through an ancient water clock and even the sound a quartz crystal makes, which is usually inaudible to humans.”

    “When people visit the museum they will not only be able to see but also hear the pieces in our exhibition. I hope it will make people look at familiar objects in a new way as we reveal new sounds within old objects.”

    Each piece in The Sound of Time will generate a different sound, rhythmical pattern or sequence, and the sounds will be amplified, working together to create a continual composition.

    Watch a short film about the inspiration behind The Sound of Time


    • To be open to artists’ ideas that engage with our audience
    • Commission work that is imaginative, surprising and engaging 
    • For the commission to be inspired by clock making and Prescot’s history 


    © Jonathan Turner

    Arts&Heritage is supporting the ten participating museums throughout the process, sharing knowledge of presenting contemporary art projects and commissions in non-traditional art spaces.

    A networking event between the participating museums and 70 artists from across the UK took place at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and visits to artists’ studios were arranged. Museum teams also met with peers at other properties to learn how they successfully delivered contemporary art projects at their museums and heritage sites.

    All museums developed their own Artist’s Brief. Following the networking event artists were invited to send in an expression of interest to museums that interested therm.

    Four artists were shortlisted by each museum to draw up a more detailed proposal and were paid £500 each


    Information to follow


    • £10,000 to include all materials, travel and installation costs
    • £1000 towards learning and outreach
    • £500 paid to each of four artists shortlisted
  • Audience Engagement


    A marketing campaign for the Meeting Point2 project is being led and delivered by Emma Pybus and David Brookbanks.

    The Meeting Point2 project was documented by Jonathan Turner and Peter Spence


    As well as having access to Prescot Museum’s collections, Owl Project also worked with local horologist John Platt who is the author of several books and articles on watchmaking in the North West.

  • Artist Information

    © Jonathan Turner

    Owl Project is a collaborative group of artists consisting of Antony Hall, Steve Symons and Simon Blackmore. They work with wood and electronics to fuse sculpture and sound art, creating music making machines, interfaces and objects which intermix pre-steam and digital technologies.

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