Leeds: Signatures to sound waves in new centre

Church members celebrate the signing of chapELFM's lease on Seacroft Methodist Church.

Church members celebrate the signing of chapELFM's lease on Seacroft Methodist Church.

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An innovative scheme will see the names of people linked to a Leeds chapel turned broadcasting centre preserved permanently in its windows.

The former Seacroft Methodist Chapel is being converted into a performance, recording and broadcasting venue for community radio station East Leeds FM (ELFM).

Glass Artist Zoe Eady has been commissioned to create windows for the chapel, with anyone involved in the chapel asked to record their name and have it converted into a sound wave image which will be etched on to glass.

She said: “When I was commissioned to design some glass art for the new building, I was overwhelmed by the number of people that had been involved in the chapel’s history.

“I wanted to make sure that some of the names of people who were involved before it became derelict were captured, alongside current and former volunteers on the ELFM project.

“I’ve got audio signatures from primary school children, through to grandparents who remember the Chapel. We still want more signatures though, and when the building is finished, everyone can come in and find their own audio signature permanently displayed.”

Linda Strudwick, development director at community arts organisation Heads Together, which is converting the building, said: “I am just delighted to get to the point of adding in the art pieces that will be a permanent reminder of all the people that helped make this project a reality.”

Signatures are being collected until January 8, via recordings from phones or computers. Email them to myaudiosignature@gmail.com.

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