Artist in Residence: Hugh McCann

This summer, artist Hugh McCann will spend a week at Poplar Union recording and collaging audio made in and about Poplar.

About the Residency

You Are Here: Poplar is the first of a series of soundscapes blending conversations with the inhabitants of culturally unique places in England with field recordings and archival material of the surrounding area.

The piece will be created in Poplar Union one week prior to the first performance on Saturday 7 July. During this week, artist Hugh McCann will making field recordings of Poplar, interviewing local residents, and rummaging through archival material about the area, to create an audio-collage of Poplar. This will then be played in darkness, aiming to conjure up reimagined images of the local area.

About Hugh McCann

Hugh McCann is a multidisciplinary artist with training and experience in fine art and theatre. Hugh is currently interested in how non-visual experiences can intervene in our highly visual and fast paced culture. Hugh’s practice also includes playwriting, and public art projects. Hugh is based in Devon, where he is a resident artist at arts studio Kaleider. Find out more here.

Get involved

Do you work or live in Poplar? Get in touch with Hugh before Saturday 16 June and be part of the project. Have your conversation recorded and help create the soundscape:

Work in Progress Sharing & Q&A

Hugh invites you to join him for a work in progress sharing & Q&A on Thursday 5 July at 6pm-7pm. This will give you the chance to meet the artist, give feedback and get involved in his creative process. No booking required. Free entry.


You can see the finished piece from this residency at Poplar Union in July:

Saturday 7 July
Thursday 12 July

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