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A Visual Story: Hannah Perry

Find out what to expect when visiting Hannah Perry Manual Labour with this Visual Story - a guide with words and pictures.

It is sometimes called a Social Narrative. 

Silhouettes of people dancing with an orange background.

This exhibition is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm. You can drop-in for free anytime during our opening hours. 

If you have any questions or would like to chat about your visit before coming, you can email us on [javascript protected email address] or call us on 0191 4404960

A dark blue gallery entrance with Hannah Perry Manual Labour written on it
  • You will find this exhibition in our level 4 gallery
  • As you approach this exhibition you will encounter a large dark blue centre wall 
  • On this wall there is the exhibition title and the running dates in gold letters
  • Enter the gallery through the entrance on either side of the centre wall
A gallery with sculptures and screen
  • As you go through the exhibition doorway you will enter a room with white walls and the ceiling lights are turned down low
  • In front of you there will be a large screen which may be playing a film
  • On your left there will be a scaffolding structure with three black and grey panels of artwork
  • If you move around to the other side of this scaffolding structure you will see a silver metal panel that looks a bit like a mirror
  • On your right there will be a scaffolding structure with two large metal sculptures in the middle in the shape of a pelvis
  • There is flashing lights and imagery in this exhibition
A speaker on a white wall
  • There are 16 speakers around the room
  • The speakers around the room will play nearly continuous sounds
  • The sounds consist of: 
    - Low rumbling 
    - Bells ringing 
    - Chimes on a clock 
    - People speaking over loud sound 
    - Piano music 
    - People singing
  • The sound is largely at 70 decibels and raises to 78 decibels in limited parts
  • The sounds will be played in different sections of the space
  • The sequence of the sound from the speakers is: 
    - Film (17 min)
    - Rest (2 min)
    - Chorus (3 min)
    - Rest (1 min)
    - Rage  Fluids (3 min 16 sec)
    - Rest (1 min)
    - Repeat 
  • If you require ear defenders let a member of Baltic Crew know
A screen depicting washing hanging, there are benches in front of the screen and lights behind the screen
  • The screen at the back of the gallery is in a scaffolding structure with lights around it 
  • When the film plays the lights will glow and flash 
  • The film is 17 minutes long and restarts 10 minutes after it finishes 
  • The sound from the film will play through the speakers around the room 
  • There are benches in front of the screen that you can sit on 
A sculpture of a metal pelvis
  • The scaffolding structure with two metal sculptures are set on a moving loop
  • The sculptures rotate for 45 seconds 
  • The sculptures rotate every half an hour
  • There is grinding noise when the sculptures rotate 
  • The noise will come from the structure 
  • The structure with black and white panels does not make noise and does not move
  • When you are looking at these panels you will still be able to hear the noise from the other artworks
large metal panel in scaffolding
  • On the other side of the structure with 3 black and white panels is a large silver metal panel
  • The metal panel will vibrate and make noise for 3 minutes 
  • This vibration and noise will happen every 24 minutes
  • The noise from the metal panel will come from the speakers behind it
A birds eye view of a gallery with sculpture and a big screen
  • You can travel around the exhibition in any direction 
  • Take as long as you want in the exhibition, there is no time limit
  • Once you are ready to leave the gallery, head back and exit the same way you entered
  • There will be a Baltic Crew member in the gallery, they are there to help and assist you with any questions
Audio Guide Headphones

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