Photo-Operative

A series of collaborative works by A level music and photography students made in response to Glyndebourne Opera.

This project ran between 1st October – 1st December 2006.

This collaborative project between Photoworks, Glyndebourne Education, South Downs Youth Orchestra, East Sussex Academy of Music and Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College, was produced to accompany the commission AUDITORIUM by Sophy Rickett and Ed Hughes.

Photoworks and Glydnebourne Opera, in partnership with the De La Warr Pavilion, commissioned the artist Sophy Rickett and musician and composer Edward Hughes to make a new work about the world-renowned Opera House at Glydne, East Sussex. As an integral part of this project, Photoworks and Glyndebourne Education devised an ambitious education project.

Selected second year A level photography students from Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) and second year A Level music technology students from the East Sussex Academy of Music at Sussex Downs College in Lewes mirrored the commissioned artists’ own creative process at Glyndebourne, working in pairs to make slide shows and musical scores with the same brief as the main commission. A series of gallery visits, workshops and tutorials have been organised to aid the students with the development of their work.

A live performance of the student and artists’ work was held at Glyndebourne Opera on 17th November 2007.

The students’ work was presented alongside the screening of the artists’ film with live performances of all the scores by the South Downs Youth Orchestra.

An installation of the commissioned film and a presentation of the students’ work was shown at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, from 29th September 2007 to 6 January 2008. A book is currently in production exploring this collaborative project.

Photographers from ‘A’ Level Photography at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC):

Sam Pope, Shanie Smith, Lucie Colburn, Rachel Banham, Anya Krasnikova, Fraser Cohen.

Composers from ‘A’ Level Music Technology at East Sussex Academy of Music, Sussex Downs College:

Peter Nickalls, Simi Fyles, Chris Smith, Duncan Brown, James Woollard, Alex Dunphy.

Music played by the South Downs Youth Orchestra

Conducted by Malcolm Warnes

Recording, production and technical advice: Pendle Poucher

College Teachers:

Jane Griffin, Course Leader of Photography, Brighton and Hove Sixth Form College

Peter Baker, Head of East Sussex Music Academy, Sussex Downs College

Student Mentors: Sophy Rickett and Ed Hughes

Project coordinated by Polly Carter at Photoworks and Miranda Fairbairn at Glyndebourne Education.

Project Assistant: Helen Cammock

Many thanks to all staff at Glyndebourne, Photoworks and De La Warr Pavilion who have contributed to supporting and facilitating this project.

Below are the videos produced by the sixth form students: