BECCY OWEN EXPLORES THE REGENERATIVE POWER OF WATER AND NATURE IN THE AMPLIFIED SANCTUM
- Beccy Owen is one of four artists in residence at Sage Gateshead.
- The residency has allowed her to explore the interaction between neuroscience, music, sound and the regenerative power of water and nature.
- The Amplified Sanctum, an interactive, absorbing, and playful sonic experience, will be performed on the 11th of June at Northern Rock Foundation Hall.
Sage Gateshead is glad to invite you to experience the spellbinding and hypnotic music of The Amplified Sanctum on the 11th of June at the Northern Rock Foundation Hall.
Join Beccy Owen, one of four artists in residence, on an intimate ceremony of discovery as she unveils the regenerative power of water and nature.
The Amplified Sanctum is an interactive, absorbing, and playful sonic experience that defies easy categorisation. A hybrid of installation and musical performance, it will feature an altar and screens playing footage of the sea. The regenerative power of water and nature and how this is influenced by neuroscience, music, and sound is a fundamental theme of the production.
Beccy Owen, a neurodivergent and disabled artist, has been exploring how to cultivate creative processes that are sustainable and offer a radical approach to wellbeing. She hopes that The Amplified Sanctum could turn into an umbrella event or project featuring other artists who are working in restorative practice and exploring elements like sound design as a natural healing tool.
Talking about her residency at Sage Gateshead, Beccy says: “Music has always been a tool for personal healing and exploration for me. As a neurodivergent person I perceive sound as a portal to alternative realities and states. During the residency I want to explore music as an intentional ritual and focus on how, in a collective sense, we might begin to process the mass-trauma of the past few years via music’s reverberating magic. I’m looking forward to having the time and support to experiment and develop something that is genuinely immersive.”
Beccy Owen is a musician, singer, songwriter, performer, producer, musical director, and sound designer. She has established herself as a cherished part of the North East’s cultural fabric and has performed at the UK’s most renowned venues, festivals, and live art programmes.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Artist Development at Sage Gateshead
Sage Gateshead is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner in association with Youth Music. The residency is supported through this scheme and is part of Sage Gateshead’s commitment to artist development and the future of the music industry in the North East. Every year Sage Gateshead supports more than 100 musicians through its Artist Development programme. The programme includes one to one advice sessions, GP clinics, networking events and performance opportunities, as well as an annual Summer Studios residency programme.
About Sage Gateshead
- Sage Gateshead is an international music centre for the North East and wider North. Through music, creative learning and artist development, the organisation demonstrates what music can achieve for communities.
- Since opening in 2004, Sage Gateshead has worked side by side with partners and the wider community to help address the complex blend of social and economic challenges the region faces.
- Sage Gateshead continues to be a major employer bringing investment and tourism into the region. We’ve generated a c. £500 million contribution to the local economy, a sum six times greater than its combined capital cost.
- Sage Gateshead has brought social, cultural and educational value to over 10 million people and millions more via digital and broadcast activity. The scale of its artistic, learning and artist development activity places Sage Gateshead amongst the UK’s largest cultural organisations, while reaching a substantially more socially and economically diverse audience.
- Pre-pandemic Sage Gateshead attracted 2 million visitors; 5,000 people took part in weekly music classes; 17,854 school children experienced live orchestral music and we worked with a further 2,418 vulnerable young people; more than 2,000 adults a week took part in music making designed to tackle social isolation.
- The North East region is one of the worst affected by Covid-19. The region will be one where the recovery is slow and hard. Arts and culture have a pivotal role to play in regional and nation-wide recovery.
- Covid-19 presents a major financial challenge to Sage Gateshead, the iconic Foster + Partners designed NE landmark. 80% of its income has been affected, and in 2020/21 £10 million in revenue was lost. The organisation has taken swift action to overcome this crisis. 90% of the workforce was placed on furlough, significant cost savings have been sought and found, and it launched a fundraising campaign to raise £3 million to help secure the organisation during the next three years. Further challenges lie ahead; in 2021/22, Sage Gateshead estimates box office and trading income to be less than half of what would be expected in a normal year.
- Sage Gateshead temporarily closed to the public on 17 March 2020, five days ahead of the announcement of the national lockdown. Sage Gateshead recommenced performances in October 2020 with a season of socially distanced concerts featuring Royal Northern Sinfonia and artists across genres, made available by live stream; audiences were able to be present in the hall for two weekends of those performances.
- In 2020 Sage Gateshead received a grant of £2.8 million from the Culture Recovery Fund Round One to help it through the pandemic and associated financial crisis. In 2021 the charity received a loan of £3m from the Culture Recovery Fund Round Two to support recovery. It has thanked the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and Arts Council England for this vital support.