Radio Ballads

28 Feb 2019

Radio Ballads

To mark the anniversary of the 1970 Equal Pay Act and the momentum for change created by the Dagenham Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968, Serpentine Galleries and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham are partnering to develop a series of collaborative artist residencies and commissions that will examine the future and histories of work called Radio Ballads.

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The original Radio Ballads were produced by musicians Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger working with radio producer Charlie Parker to make a series for the BBC, focusing on workers’ experiences and issues. The original series of eight, one-hour Radio Ballads revolutionised radio documentary and were broadcast by the BBC from 1957- 64. A combination of song, music, sound effect and recorded voice, each Radio Ballad presented a view on the working lives of British people.

The commissioned artists are; Sonia Boyce, Helen Cammock, Rory Pilgrim and Ilona Sagar

Radio Ballads is part of New Town Culture - a pioneering programme of artistic and cultural activity taking place in adult and children’s social care across the entire borough. This is a Cultural Impact Award winning project, part of London Borough of Culture, a Mayor of London initiative. New Town Culture will respond to the incredible stories, knowledge and skills of the residents of Barking and Dagenham to deliver a programme of workshops, exhibitions, radio broadcasts, live performances and courses targeted to people using social care services in our borough. Working closely with social care professionals and artists we hope to unlock the value of art and culture for all our communities. Our ambition is to support social workers and carers to try out new ways of working to enhance the brilliant work they already do.

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Untitled from Shouting in Whispers print series, 2017 © Helen Cammock

Untitled from Shouting in Whispers print series, 2017 © Helen Cammock

Helen Cammock, There's A Hole in the Sky Part 1, 2016, HD Video.

Helen Cammock, There's A Hole in the Sky Part 1, 2016, HD Video.

Rory Pilgrim, Holographic Futures Performance, 2017, photo Aad Hoogendoorn

Rory Pilgrim, Holographic Futures Performance, 2017, photo Aad Hoogendoorn

Ilona Sagar, Haptic Skins of a Glass Eye 2016, film still

Ilona Sagar, Haptic Skins of a Glass Eye 2016, film still

Helen Cammock, Over-Sensitive from And There's Something About a Mountain, Lino print, 2016

Helen Cammock, Over-Sensitive from And There's Something About a Mountain, Lino print, 2016

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Ilona Sagar, Haptic Skins of a Glass Eye, 2016, film still

Ilona Sagar, Haptic Skins of a Glass Eye, 2016, film still

Rory Pilgrim, Software Garden, HD Video, 2018, courtesy andriesse-eyck galerie

Rory Pilgrim, Software Garden, HD Video, 2018, courtesy andriesse-eyck galerie