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Open Studio with Alanna Ho 

CAG is delighted to welcome Alanna Ho as our Open Studio guest artist for Summer 2021. Open Studio presents a series of art-making videos for families inspired by contemporary art practices and CAG’s current exhibitions. Videos will be released on our website and social media platforms on the third Saturday of the month from May to July. Free material kits will be available in limited quantities for pick-up from CAG on the day of each video release.

Sound Journal

For our third and final Open Studio with Alanna Ho, Alanna shares a special sound journal activity inspired by Leon Polk Smith’s exhibition Big Form, Big Space. Many of Leon Polk Smith’s abstract shapes and colour palettes were inspired by the natural environment of the American Southwest. 

In the video, Alanna demonstrates how you can be inspired by the environment around you through a practice of deep listeningslowing down, listening closely and mapping the sounds around you, from birds and traffic to wind in the trees.

Watch the video to see how Alanna creates her journal out of the provided template. Then start your own journal, capturing the sounds of the world around you, creating a record of marks and shapes representing sounds and experiences that can’t always be described through words.