Kate Jackson : Built For Sound
18, December 2021 - 29, January 2022

It’s Thursday Night. It’s 7 o’clock. It’s Top of the Pops!
Installation and events at LCB Depot

Kate Jackson - artist, painter, and frontwoman of The Long Blondes – announces a new multidimensional project, Built For Sound, launching 17th December 2021 and running until the end of January 2022.

Inspired by classic pop music television of the early 80’s, this Arts Council funded project is centred around a new installation work, including sculptural and audiovisual elements, to be exhibited at LCB Depot, a creative hub based in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter.

With Built For Sound conceived while strict restrictions were still in place, Jackson wanted the installation to highlight the absence of performance, while still recreating the atmosphere and excitement of the stage. Within the gallery space she is constructing a stage-set, including huge three-dimensional bold graphic paintings, lighting design and looping sound work.

Long Blondes play Autonomy Boy live

Watch The Long Blondes play Autonomy Boy live in the Built For Sound installation space at LCB.

Built For Sound

During its six week run at LCB Depot, the project also aims to provide a space for filmed live music performances, a hands-on synthesiser workshop, and disco events for babies/toddlers and people with learning disabilities.

Jackson says of the project: “I first had the idea for ‘Built For Sound’ during the second lockdown. We spent a lot of time at home watching old reruns of Top of The Pops and I became fascinated with the architectural stage sets and neon lights built slightly differently for each episode. I kept thinking about the stage without performers and how abstract these sets would seem, like works of art in themselves.

“At the time there were of course no live performances happening anywhere and I had a lot of friends (musicians, crew, agents and promoters) who were out of work and struggling because of the pandemic. As we didn’t know when live performance would return, this is a space built in a gallery for filmed performance rather than live performances. The set design references those old Top of The Pops sets but which in today’s context feels slightly haunted too.”

The installation is inside our Old Gallery meeting room which is regularly used for meetings - it's best if you contact us before your trip to see it so we can book you a slot between 10am and 4pm. Call 0116 261 6800 or ask at Reception during office hours Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, or email info@lcbdepot.co.uk

Kate is an artist and musician based in Leicester, whose artwork is informed by her interest in the transience of architecture and the evolving urban landscape, in particular Brutalist buildings of the mid to late 20th Century.

She spent the 00’s on stages around the world, fronting Sheffield indie pop superstars The Long Blondes, whose vivid storytelling fizzed with dancing, desire and style.

Someone To Drive You Home vinyl

Rough Trade Records recently announced a vinyl reissue of the band’s classic debut album, Someone To Drive You Home, described by NME as “fantasy pop, performed to perfection.”

Kate also released her debut solo album, British Road Movies in 2016, written and recorded with ex-Suede guitarist and producer Bernard Butler.

Kate seeks to work towards the vision set out in Arts Council’s ‘Let’s Create’ strategy, whereby people can both be creative, and experience high-quality culture, through its mix of participatory activity and presentation of a high quality exhibition and performance events.

Albion's Secret History

Kate appears on the cover of the book Albion's Secret History - Snapshots of England's Pop Rebels and Outsiders


Programme of Events

Friday 17th December 6-10pm Launch Night at LCB Depot - an evening of secret filmed performances and featuring a new sound loop written by The Long Blondes and recorded by Paul Mazzitelli from R10 in Leicester. 

Christmas & New Year break
LCB is closed from 5pm Thurs 23rd December until 9am Tuesday 4th January

Built For Sound disco

Friday 21st January - contact Kate for more info & booking:
Disability Disco 10am-12pm
Baby Disco 2.30-3.30pm

Saturday 22nd January 12-4pm, free
Build Your Own Synthesiser workshop NOW SOLD OUT

Friday 28th January - last chance to see, late night viewing until 10pm at Last Friday street food night/CQ Lates


See Kate's website 

Funded by ACE
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