York Art Gallery

Kaiser Chiefs explore the boundaries between art and music this winter in a unique and experimental exhibition.

Using their position as pop musicians as a starting point, Kaiser Chiefs have chosen to rethink sound as a medium, inviting visitors to join them in exploring the edges between music, art, creation and performance.

To do this, they have brought together works by internationally regarded sound artists which have resonated with the band while on their travels and inspired them to look at sound in new ways.

Please note: this exhibition does contain flashing lights. For more information on accessibility, please visit our access page.

List of Works

One of the works on display will be Janet Cardiff’s The Forty Part Motet, a 40 part choir singing in harmony through 40 individual speakers.

This evocative piece allows people to walk through an oval of speakers and hear a reworking of Thomas Tallis’ ‘Spem in Alium Nunquam Habui’ from the singers’ point of view.

The band selected the sound installation because of its relevance to how they hear their own music while performing – ‘an all encompassing space of sound’.

It is one of several loans showcased in this unique exhibition which examine the boundaries between art and music, creation and performance. Other highlights include:

• The short film Fiorucci Made me Hardcore by Mark Leckey, which Guardian called “…perhaps the finest portrayal of British nightlife ever captured.”
• The Turner Prize winning work The Woolworth’s Choir of 1979 by Elizabeth Price.
• Archive material from the collections of pioneering composer Pauline Oliveros, who coined the phrase “deep listening®”.
• Daytrip Maryanne, a collaboration between sound sculptor MaryAnne Amacher and guitarist Thruston Moore of Sonic Youth.

The show will also feature works drawn from our own collection paired with songs selected from a “set list” by the band. Artists include:

  • Bridget Riley
  • Jack Butler Yeats
  • L.S. Lowry
  • John Hoyland

Alongside this, the band have created an installation entitled “Silent Gig”. This fascinating installation will use light, colour, and lyrics to create an immersive environment that offers visitors a reconfigured experience of a live music show and its elements.

Finally, this exciting exhibition will also feature Sarah Graham’s work ‘Kaisers Rock!’, the cover art for the band’s greatest hits album ‘Souvenir: The Singles 2004-2012’.

‘When All is Quiet: Kaiser Chiefs in Conversation with York Art Gallery’ is included in the Gallery’s admission price.

Events Programme

The exhibition will be supported by the following programme of events, workshops and performances as well as working with an artist in residence to explore the creative process of making music:

Family Movement Workshops

Saturday 23 February and Sunday 24 February 2019

In these exciting workshops, be inspired by the art and creative space around you to create movement and dance.

For more information and to book your place, please click the following links:

Family Movement Workshop – Saturday 23 February, 11am-12pm

Family Movement Workshop – Saturday 23 February, 2.30-3.30pm

Family Movement Workshop – Sunday 24 February, 11am-12pm

Dance Interventions: Points of View

Saturday 23 February and Sunday 24 February 2019

Enjoy live performances which respond to the works in this unique and experimental exhibition, and provide exciting ways to engage with art.

For more information, please click the following links:

Dance Interventions: Points of View – Saturday 23 February

Dance Interventions: Points of View – Sunday 24 February

Four-day Teen Art School

Tuesday 26 February – Friday 1 March 2019

Join sound artist Rebecca Glover and foley artist Sue Harding and explore the Gallery’s art collection through sound.

Using When All is Quiet as inspiration:

  • learn how to ‘sculpt’ with sound
  • imagine the ‘sonic worlds’ that different objects in our collection may have experienced
  • record your own soundtracks inspired by our objects
  • discover the world of foley recording techniques

This event takes place 11am-4pm, including a lunch break, and is free with your gallery admission.

Click here to book your place.

Saturday Teen Art School

Saturday 2 March 2019

Join foley artist Sue Harding and explore the fascinating collections at York Art Gallery using sound.

For more information and to book your place, visit Saturday Teen Art School.