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The Exchange on tour

Audio installation The Exchange is now on tour, visiting small venues across the region throughout the autumn



A successful first outing at Storyhouse, Chester, found members of the public interacting with the installation, based on an old telephone exchange, and listening to conversations with people in social care about their experiences of the pandemic.


Over the past year Filament Projects has worked in partnership with Vivo Care Choices, which provides a range of flexible and responsive support for people with learning disabilities and autism as well as older people, including people with dementia. Together, service users and staff to explored their individual and collective experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic.


The stories were gathered by creative practitioner Kat Hughes through a series of workshops with residents and their carers. Resulting conversations were recorded and gathered together in The Exchange, part of Cheshire West & Chester Council’s Reflections Cultural Programme.




In its first outing at Storyhouse, The Exchange invited audiences to uncover some of these hidden stories, whilst also reflecting on their own individual experiences. People then recorded and shared their own experiences of the pandemic on postcards on the back of The Exchange.



The installation has now transferred to Winsford Library where it will stay until 29th September. It goes on to visit Neston Library (30th September-13th October), Theatre Porto in Whitby, Ellesmere Port (14th-27th October), Hope Farm Library in Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port (28th October-10th November), and Lion Salt Works in Marston, Northwich (11th-25th November). Read more about the design of The Exchange here.


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