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Free Reed

Bristol Beacon 25th of September - 4th October

‘Free Reed' is an interactive sculptural installation made out of reclaimed construction pipes. These are activated by being blown into or hand-pumped, giving voice to the work.
The project highlights the importance of freedom of speech and deep listening, providing a space for contemplation and discussion.  


‘Free Reed’ is inspired by Bristol Beacon’s fabric and history; the hidden inner workings of its pipework (silenced by sound traps, mufflers and dampers) and its unseen social history. In 1909 two Suffragettes hid in the halls’ pipe organ to interrupt a political speech with shouts of “Votes for Women!”. The pipes had spoken.

A 10-day programme of artworks, interventions and workshops invites us to address questions such as: Whose voices are amplified or silenced? Who really listens? Do we truly listen?

Opens Mon 25th Sep – Weds 4th Oct


Commissioned by Bristol Beacon
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Video from an ideas generating workshop with Bristol communities for 'Free Reed'.

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