LOST SPECIES DAY 2021: Lou Chapelle – Voicing Silence

Voicing Silence is an artistic response aiming to explore emotional responses to the Sixth Mass Extinction. It questions how to represent it, how to make sense of it and what new languages are needed to express and address it.


The project was realised over the 2020 lockdown period by Lou Chapelle (AKA Laurence Payot) with invited collaborating artists: poet Scott Farlow, composer Jon Hughes, animator Laura Spark, choreographer Stacey Atkinson and lighting designer Mark Hilditch. Over 150 participants took part in a range of online workshops with the invited artists, leading to the final holographic piece, presented on ONCA Barge for Lost Species Day 2021.

Voicing Silence was funded through the Arts and Humanity Research Council and University of Leeds, as part of Thinking Through Extinction in partnership with Manchester Museum and Corridor8.

On Friday November 26, 4 – 5.30pm, Lou will be hosting a free family workshop for ages 7 to adult, using collage, drawing, painting and poetry to explore feelings surrounding biodiversity loss, and the power of individual and collective action. Reserve your place here.


Wednesday: 1:00 – 6:00pm
Thursday: 1:00 – 6:00pm
Friday: 1:00 – 6:00pm


Accessibility: The Barge is accessed via a ramp. This can be steep depending on the tide – check tide times here. The installation is on the lower deck which is accessible via a wide flight of stairs. Upstairs, the video can be viewed on a tablet. There is a subtitled version of the piece, and a BSL version.

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