Parallax | Templemore Swimming Baths | Friday 4th | 18:00
The Bath House is pleased to invite you to Parallax, a one night exhibition and performance at Templemore Swimming Baths.
The event celebrates the culmination of ‘Bath House: Field Notes’, a 2-month residency by artists Rachael Campbell-Palmer and Conor McCafferty.
To accompany this exhibition the Bath House presents an exclusive chance to see the band Twin Headed Wolf performing in the derelict pool of the Templemore Swimming Baths.
During a 2-month residency, Rachael Campbell-Palmer and Conor McCafferty have been based in the Bath House, the former caretaker’s house at Templemore Baths, East Belfast. Templemore Baths is one of four Victorian-era bath houses built as part of Belfast Corporation’s public health and leisure provision in the late 19th century and still operates as a leisure centre.
The empty and disused “minor pool” has been the site of research for Campbell-Palmer and McCafferty, responding to its environmental rhythms using sculpture, field recordings and film. The resulting body of work emphasises the tactile and sonic space of the pool embodied in its historical materials and structure. The outcomes of this period of research will be on display as part of the event Parallax.
To accompany the exhibition Twin Headed Wolf have been invited to play in the dis-used swimming baths for a limited audience during the evening. An eccentric folk duo they use saws, typewriters and teapots to produce a playful and haunting explorations into sounds and folklore.
Conor McCafferty is a PhD researcher, part of the Recomposing the City Research Group at Queen’s University Belfast. He has worked across film, music, sound and education projects, with a particular interest in architecture and urbanism. He co-produced, with Paul Clarke, the 2013 documentary film Drawing on Life, which examined how Irish architects work through drawings and sketchbooks. Before commencing his PhD studentship, he worked for several years as Creative Producer at PLACE Built Environment Centre in Belfast. His research at QUB is on the topic of sound maps of urban environments, exploring approaches to sonic urbanism in professional practice and educational contexts.
Rachael Campbell-Palmer is a sculptor who works site-specifically. She graduated from the University of Ulster with an MFA in 2007. Her art practice is rooted in material research and studio processes often using traditional casting and mould making techniques. The pieces she makes consider associations between physical space and cognitive experience, exploring concepts and imagery connected with location, memory and architecture. Recent exhibitions include Reassemble for Purpose (Platform Arts, Feb 2015), TERRA FIRMA (PS2 August 2014), Tactile (Catalyst Arts March 2014), and GladiARTors (Golden Thread Gallery Dec 2012).
Twin Headed Wolf are an eccentric folk flavoured twin-sister double act from the West of Ireland. Described by Hotpress as “a playful, experimental, ingenious mix of old and new”, they have made a name for themselves in the Irish music scene. They have supported acts such as Rónán Ó Snodaigh, Lucius, This is the Kit, Hudson Taylor, The Young Folk, Katie Kim, Luka Bloom, playing in Ireland, Norway and America. The Spectator, mentioned them as Glastonbury’s “most special festival find 2015”. Their first single “shrines and ceremonies” was released in April 2014 and they are in the final stages of completing their debut album.
RSVP for the Twin Headed Wolf due to limited capacity
A suggested donation of £7 for the Performance
Refreshments will be served.
18.00-19.00 Exhibition in the Bath House
19.00-20.00 Twin Headed Wolf playing in the derelict swimming pool (TICKETED EVENT)
20.00 – 21.00 Exhibition in the Bath House.
4 Glenmore Street BT5 4HE
Behind Templemore Swimming Baths on Templemore Avenue