At the start of 2023, the Dialect and Heritage Project were looking for artists to create something exciting showcasing the rich variety of materials collected and digitised by the Project.
The included in-depth interviews, memories and images, as well as the opportunity to share material from the original Survey of English Dialects (SED).
Artist, Emily Tracy, was awarded the commission to creatively interpret and celebrate these wonderful resources. Emily’s proposal was to create audiograms: a combination of image and sound (two things we have a lot of!) to explore a theme that satisfies multiple senses and encourages you to listen and look intently.
A few months ago, Emily visited Special Collections at the University of Leeds and saw a range of material from the SED, including photocards, drawings used by fieldworkers, and receipts of their travels (including the consumption of a lot of tea and cake).
From then on, Emily explored the vast digitised collection through the Special Collections website and became inspired by the theme of weather.
The final artwork is a six-piece series of audiograms each with a different theme on ‘weather‘.
The names of each individual artwork – ‘Hoar-frost‘, ‘Rivulet‘, ‘Blashy‘, ‘East Wind‘, ‘I Can Tell Nicely‘ and ‘29.5 Days‘ – are prompted by recorded dialect words and the voices of contributors to the original SED.