EVENT: The Dark Store

Situated within our new SANDBOX space, we bring you an exciting new audio/poetry installation from poet Charlotte Oliver and composer Sarah Dew...

When: Friday 11th – Sunday 13th November

Times: Friday 6pm-8pm FREE opening night

            Saturday & Sunday 11.30-4pm

Where: SANDBOX, Woodend Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW.

FREE // Everyone welcome

Arts Council-funded, hour-long radio ballad: a collection of spoken word and nine original folk songs, highlighting the significance of hidden labour and the lives of essential workers throughout history to the present day. Woven out of many threads, from historical texts to testimonies gathered during online writing sessions in lockdown, the stories told include that of a governess, the herring girls and miners, as well as contemporary supermarket and ‘dark store’ workers, a Glaswegian lorry driver, and NHS nurses in the pandemic. All of which have been worked into poetry, folk music and song by a collaboration of writer Charlotte Oliver and composer Sarah Dew. The Dark Store provides a platform where voices are heard and invisibility is challenged, respect is promoted, and the creativity and spirit of those working in the dark is celebrated.
Head to Woodend over the weekend of 12th and 13th to experience an audio work by local poets/musicians/writers Sarah Dew and Charlotte Oliver. The work is hosted as part of our sandbox space, promoting and giving space to new and exciting work by artists connected to or living within the Scarborough Borough area. If you would like to find out more about SANDBOX and show your own work please follow this link.


The sitwell cafe will be open on Saturday 12th 10-4pm with a selection of food and drink, and free coffee and tea will be available on Sunday 13th whilst you enjoy the installation.
Artist Bios:
Charlotte Oliver is a writer/poet who lives in Yorkshire. Her features have appeared in a number of magazines including The Dalesman and Yorkshire Life, and her micro-fiction in Ellipsis. Charlotte is BBC Radio York’s Saturday Poet Laureate and her poetry has been published widely in journals and anothologies, including with iambapoetDream Catcher, The Yorkshire Post, Ice Floe, Black Bough, Cape, Spelt and Fevers of the Mind. Charlotte runs workshops and also accepts poetry commissions, most recently from the BBC and South Cliff Gardens Heritage Restoration Project, Scarborough. How To Be A Dressing Gown is her debut poetry collection (published by Dreich) and she was writer for the ACE-funded The Dark Store radio ballad with composer Sarah Dew. Charlotte was commended in the Wirral Poetry Festival Competition 2022 and shortlisted in the Lord Whisky Poetry Prize 2022Find her on Twitter at @charlotteolivr and IG at charlotteoliverpoet.
Composer Sarah Dew creates audio, blending spoken word, song, melody and field recording with sonic art. Her recent commissions include a sound installation at Coastival Festival, Scarborough, 2019; a 3 month sound installation at Spurn Point Lighthouse, for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust; audio for the 2020-2022 ‘Go Back With Me’ exhibition (celebrating Anne Bronte’s bicentenary at Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth and South Square Gallery, Bradford); composition and performance for major community arts projects with Animated Objects Theatre Company, Scarborough, from 2014 to present; audio work for community South Cliff Gardens Project, Scarborough, with Young Carers, in collaboration with writer Charlotte Oliver. Her latest major project is radio ballad The Dark Store also in collaboration with Charlotte. She writes songs for and is part of Scarborough band Raven. Her work has been presented/installed in Canada and France.
Find out more here: www.sarahdewmusicsoundword.com

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SANDBOX, Woodend Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW