unheard from

About This Project

photograph of a young woman sitting by a harp, in front of a brick wall, ready to play with microphones around the harpAn immersive sound installation featuring harp, vocals and live processing, unheard from is performed by composer Manon McCoy. This collaboration with Sweeney’s Unquiet Islands -Martin McCoy’s print exhibition- explores through sound the representation of landscape within the prints. unheard from responds to the textures, layers and movement found within the etchings and monotypes. Manon uses them as a lens through which to access the acoustic environments of these landscapes. The performance is built from drone-based textures; ambient found sounds; harp and vocal effects conjuring a sound world in which these images exist.

The installation involves spatialisation of sounds, interacting directly with the acoustics of the gallery space. The audience are invited to move through and explore the space of the piece. They choose where they are drawn to stand and by extension how they want to perceive the space.

Unheard from takes place from 3pm on Friday 21st October. This is a drop-in live performance that allows people to stay for as long or little time as preferred. Free event, no booking required.

From Mon 24 Oct, a recording will be available, which can be accessed virtually to accompany site visits.


Daughter of the artist, as well as a classically trained (Royal Northern College of Music) experimental harpist and vocalist, Manon has a background in traditional Irish music. Additionally, Manon has since studied genres; including improvised music, contemporary Jazz, Hindustani classical music and recently electronics and live processing.

Manon’s compositional work focuses on presenting personal experiences of the body, community, environment, womanhood, the experience of time and physical space. Through collaborative projects -involving interactions across art forms- she aims to actively explore creative solutions to shifting social environments; representing and acting for social change.

Manon is particularly interested in the uses of spaces, musical and physical, often designing pieces that rework performer-audience dynamics. She creates site-specific sound installations that explore the acoustic environments of her location. Doing so layers the compositions with a strong sense of storytelling and space sharing.

unheard from and Sweeney’s Unquiet Islands are both part of Liverpool Irish Festival.  This event contributes to the Festival’s In:Visible WomenFamily and Nook and Cranny Spaces work strands.

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Williamson Art Gallery, Oxton, Birkenhead, Wirral