When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Ship by Emily Peasgood

Exhibitions, Free, Music

Friday 11th March 10:00am – Sunday 8th May 2022 4:00pm

God's House Tower, Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2NY

When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Ship was an artwork and installation by sound artist and composer Emily Peasgood. It took the form of a song, played through speakers in the gallery space, exploring Southampton’s complex relationship to the sea. Spanning a period of over 400 years, the song’s lyrical content explores the city’s every-changing coastline from the 1600s to the present day and into the future. Informed and inspired by local histories and local people, the song invites visitors to immerse themselves in the story of the Solent.

The exhibition ran from Friday 11th March to Sunday 8th May at God’s House Tower.


About the Artist

Emily Peasgood is an Ivor Novello Composer’s Award winning composer, sound artist and visual artist. She creates research-led and site specific interactive artworks for galleries and outdoor public spaces, ranging from large-scale community events to intimate sound installations. Her work aims to transform how we perceive our environment by creating invitations to connect with people and places that are forgotten, overlooked, or surrounded by histories that can be remembered and celebrated through sound and music. Peasgood is best known for her work in outdoor public locations with specific communities of people, often utilising innovative technology and design to serve her concept and enhance visitor interaction. Her work has been described as magical  (The Times), evocative (The Telegraph), and memorable (A-N). Peasgood’s practice is underpinned by an aesthetic belief in creating artworks that enrich people’s lives through embodying the values of accessible, inclusion and engagement.