There is unseen art around all of us, and at Streetwise Opera we are determined to shine a light on it. Whether it’s music by black or female composers who have been ignored by those in power, visual pieces that are hidden under multiple layers of significance, or other creative work that has yet to be discovered, we want to recognise and celebrate it.
Unseen is a project that challenged us to look deeper around us in order to find all the great art we might be missing. As a starting point, this included music from composers like Undine Smith Moore, Ignatius Sancho and Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. But this journey took us beyond music and into many areas where individuals or groups use creativity to express themselves.
Participants in Streetwise Opera’s online sessions created new music and a visual arts piece working with a team of artists from different disciplines: soprano Abigail Kelly, dramaturg Elayce Ismail, guitarist Jack Ross, composer John Barber, vocal leader Jonathan Ainscough, video and projection designer Nina Dunn and designer Rhiannon Newman Brown.
Seeing yourself portrayed in someone else’s art makes you feel seen. It makes you feel valid throughout history. And it gives you a real sense of empowerment. That’s why discovering unseen things and unseen people is so important.