56 Lower Gardiner Street
When Jane Mackay listens to music she sees vivid colours, images and shapes. Jane has synaesthesia, a neurological condition in which the stimulation of one sense leads involuntarily to the triggering of another sense. In other words, Jane ‘sees’ music. Over the past year, Jane has been listening to string quartet music composed by Britten and Mendelssohn and has created paintings based on her experience of hearing/seeing the music.
From 12–28 February, teachers can take their classes along to the free exhibition in In-
This is an opportunity for pupils to see Jane’s exhibition of paintings, learn about string quartets and composers, respond to art and music and discover the fascinating world of synaesthesia.
Pupils could learn about the music in advance and respond by creating paintings of their own. They could then bring them to the exhibition and compare their responses with Jane’s. Alternatively, children could come along to view the paintings with no prior information and respond to the art itself, saving the musical experience for the classroom later.
Opening hours 11am–5pm, Tuesday–Saturday
Free entry, advance booking is advisable
Below you will find some useful links for supporting teachers in this work.
LINKS FOR LEARNING
Here are great videos of a quartet of superb very young players, certain to appeal to children
Excerpts from the string quartets which inspired the exhibition:
This exciting movement is just over 2 minutes long.
Mendelssohn String Quartet in D major 3rd movement This beautiful slow movement is about 6 minutes long.
Art and music appreciation