Distant Voices

Distant Voices was commissioned for Galoshans Festival in collaboration with Inverclyde Heritage Hub. It is a response to images of WW1 soldiers I discovered during a research period at the Hub. Whilst looking through microfiche images of newspapers from that time, I started to discover 'death notices' These are simple black and white portraits of soldiers who had been killed during WW1. The more I looked at the images, the more they reminded me of young men I had worked with on projects in Ferguslie Park in Paisley and in Inverclyde. This raised the question for me: If there was national subscription today, would it be these young men going to war and would they be so willing as many of the young men were in WW1?


October 2017