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Emma Smith

Lyric Cacophony

Valence Library

1 February – 30 April 2022

Lyric Cacophony is a sound piece created by sound artist Emma Smith with a group of young people from Barking & Dagenham. Together the group played with different ways to make sounds using their voices, drumming with their hands, experimenting with everyday objects like scissors, balloons, and salt-shakers. They also shared their own stories; their backgrounds, their experiences, and how they hope to use their voices to make an impact on the world.

Valence Library
Becontree Avenue

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Emma Smith is a visual artist based in the UK and works internationally. She has a social practice and creates platforms for people to share research, experiences, knowledge and no-how of human relationships to one another and the places we co-habit.

Commissioned by The White House as part of New Town Culture, a programme of artistic and cultural activity taking place in adult and children’s social care and curated by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Funded by the GLA’s Young Londoners Fund, the MOPAC Violence Reduction Unit, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.