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Solace – Private View + Artist talk: Karen Tilley + Kevin Grist at DC1

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Presented by SparkedEcho

You are warmly invited to join Karen Tilley and Kevin Grist at DC1 Gallery, Eastbourne, to see the new Solace exhibition – and enjoy a welcome drink.

What is it?

Come and meet visual artist Karen Tilley + sound engineer Kevin Grist, and experience Solace, their interactive sound + video installation inspired by participant recordings of The South Downs.

There will be a scheduled talk at 7.30pm, where the artists will share learning with the audience about interactive design, and tips for engaging people with experimental art.

Ideal for:

All ages and abilities – under 16’s to be accompanied by an adult. The installation contains low lighting, video projection and triggered sound.


Accessible toilet: Yes

Autism-friendly dedicated session: No

Car parking onsite: No, but parking nearby

Disabled parking: Nearby parking spaces available

Guide dogs welcomed: Yes

Hearing loop: No

Level access: Yes

Wheelchair access: Yes

Wifi available: Yes

How to book:

No need to book – turn up on the day!

Got a question?

You can either send us an email to hello@sparkedecho.org or leave a us a voicemail on 01634 540787, and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

More info about the project is here: sparkedecho.org/solace

Who are the artists?

Kevin Grist, Sound Artist is co-founder and Director of SparkedEcho CIC. He is an experienced community musician and arts producer, focusing on music technology as a tool for live performance and composition. He has previously worked at Arts Council England, Musical Futures and AudioActive, and on projects with Glyndebourne Opera, BBC Radio 1 and Ideas Test. Kevin has a degree in Music Production, a PGCE and is a Trustee for Sound Sense, the UK body for community musicians.

Karen Tilley, Visual Artist will co-produce the Solace installation with Kevin, combining specialisms in video and sound. Karen is a visual artist working in a multi-discipline practice, which includes film, photography, audio and sculpture. She is currently resident on the ‘Arts DRIVA @ Fusebox’ programme in Brighton, run by Wired Sussex to develop practice in emerging technologies. Karen is also an experienced Arts Award advisor and teacher.

Who is Solace produced by?

Solace is produced by SparkedEcho CIC and is kindly supported with funding from Arts Council England and East Sussex Arts Partnership. Additional partner support will also be provided from Ditchling Museum of Art+Craft and East Sussex Music.

Photo credit: Kevin Grist and Karen Tilley (2019)

“We make exciting music experiences with people in Kent + Sussex. Our community projects explore new experimental music, sound art and audio technology. This supports social connection, creativity and mental wellbeing.”

More info about Solace

Solace is an interactive sound and video installation inspired by the Sussex Downs. It has been designed to get local families involved in more experimental art.

From summer 2019 to spring 2020, it invites audiences to ask questions about our relationship with open and urban spaces, wellbeing and digital authenticity.

The work will be created by artists Karen Tilley and Kevin Grist and incorporates digital content captured by local people. The project includes several strands:

Nature recording workshops – families go into natural settings in Seaford, Ditchling and Eastbourne on the hunt for interesting sounds and videos, using digital software to record and manipulate.

Record your garden – local people are encouraged to record sounds and video from their own garden, and submit to us digitally.

Solace exhibitions – the installation will tour 3 public galleries, responding differently to each space interactively.

Artist talks – the artists and supporting technicians will hold a series of talks and CPD sessions to share learning about interactive design and engaging people with experimental art.



March 28
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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