Anna Celeste Edmonds

Along These Lines – An immersive soundwalk exploring Brighton’s laundry heritage

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The Project

Along These Lines is a collaboration between Quiet Down There and sound artist Anna Celeste Edmonds, creating and presenting an immersive soundwalk that explores Brighton’s laundry heritage. Laundry is a distinctly aural and sensory experience, we often hear people talk of the sounds, smells and feels that come with a trip to the laundrette, and many local people remember someone in their family working in laundry services. Together, with a small group of volunteers, we will explore local archives and resources to research and uncover stories, photos, and film of 19th and 20th Century laundry heritage, linked to the London Road area. We know laundries have been a site for organising, meeting, and connecting for over 200 years, often becoming hotbeds of activism for women’s suffrage and solidarity, but so far these incredible stories have not had the recognition they deserve. Led by Anna we will delve into these histories; creating immersive soundscapes made accessible through locative mobile technology. Six listening sessions will be presented to the public over the period of September/October 2023.

Quiet Down There

Quiet Down There is a charity that offers people routes to expressing and developing their own creativity – outside of the traditional structures of the arts. We love working creatively in unexpected places and in new ways. We are ambitious for the communities that we collaborate with and work alongside artists to hone and develop their socially engaged practice.

Watch this space as the project develops!