(proto) elips, SoundLAB – Jenny Hall at TABLAB Llandudno

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Artist Jenny Hall has installed a large scale musical instrument within the historic Tabernacle Chapel, Llandudno. Construction took place last week with scaffolders, carpenters, artist and musicians realising the project. Opening 13 September, visitors will be invited to play and test the instrument for themselves.

“Constructed from wooden pipes and tensile steel cables, the instrument, when interacted with, will make sound. The work is a prototype for a giant, free standing elliptical instrument, hence the name. The Tabernacle Chapel is an incredible setting with its own impressive acoustic,” says Jenny Hall, artist and Creative Director at Craftedspace.


The name (proto) elips comes from ‘proto’, meaning the first or earliest, and ‘elips’, a Welsh-language word meaning ellipse. The first performance of the instrument will be held on Tuesday 13 September at 6pm with Helen Wyn Parri and Ed Wright. The SoundLAB then opens its doors to the public from 14 to 16 September from 2 to 6pm and 19 to 23 September from 2 to 6pm, when everyone is invited to play the instrument with the artist and musicians.

jenny-hall-tablab-13Collaborations between the artist, invited sound artists and musicians will be performed at the ‘SoundLAB Exploration’ event on Saturday 17 September at 2pm and at 4pm. On Sunday 18 September, Jenny Hall is ‘in conversation’ with TABLAB Curator Marc Rees and she will be running a workshop; ‘Drawing the Sound’ where visitors can draw their own songs, and then have a go at playing back the drawing on the instrument. The final event held during Llawn04, the Llandudno Art Weekend, will feature performances and ‘hands-on sessions’ for the public, 24 to 25 September from 11am to 6pm.

“We are inviting the community to listen to, interact and play the instrument; to pluck, hit, knock, bow and listen to the sounds made by the (proto) elips installation. Standing at the centre of the installation, the audience becomes immersed in the sound,” says Jenny.

This project has been made possible by the collaborative initiative and financial support of the Arts Council Wales Ideas:People:Places grant and Mostyn Estates Ltd.

“This event marks the final artist in residency project held at TABLAB, at the Tabernacle Chapel building. Importantly, it has been the building that has been a central player in our creative endeavour and we are excited about the building’s future regeneration,” says Sabine Cockrill, Director at CALL (CIC).

The (proto) elips during build…

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