a place to call home is an immersive sound and video installation that explores queer spaces over time, from historic LGBTQ+ culture in London to online spaces in the present day. Exhibited in a unique 1800s flat nestled above a pub in East London, this installation created by Alicia Jane Turner asks how queer communities have survived in the face of persecution and violence, how we create safe spaces through our computer screens, and what it means to find a queer place to call home.
Please note that this is a promenade performance in an historic property, with several sets of stairs to navigate, and therefore may not be accessible to people with reduced mobility.
Commissioned by Spitalfields Music with the support of PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund and Help Musicians UK, and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
We’ve been working with our wonderful friend from Thoroughly Good, Jon Jacob, on a series of podcasts for you to listen to pre (or post!) our events. We hope you enjoy listening!
Episode 1: What’s in the Spitalfields Festival 2021
Jon Jacob speaks to composers Errollyn Wallen, Edmund Finnis, Howard Goodall, and David Fennessey about their new works, including a tribute to those carers who lost their lives in the first wave of the COVID pandemic.
Episode 3: Alicia Jane Turner discusses ‘a place to call home’
Alicia Jane Turner is a composer, sound designer and performance artist whose work spans contemporary theatre, live art and experimental music. At Spitalfields Festival 2021 Alicia stages an installation dedicated to queer spaces both real and virtual in an 1800s flat above The George Tavern in East London. In this podcast, Jon Jacob speaks to Alicia Jane Turner about their thinking behind the installation.