Bringing in the Mayhem

Hand painted ceramic tiles and digital sound art installation, 2024

Nicole Mollett & Jane Pitt

Centred on themes of nature and the changing of the season, artists Jane Pitt and Nicole Mollett have created a site-specific audio visual art installation inside the Gardens at Eastgate House. This collaborative public artwork, Bringing in the Mayhem takes inspiration from a plethora of sources including local birdsong, and the rare 16th century wall paintings found inside the Tudor House.  The artwork embodies the mayhem and revelry of the May Day customs which are celebrated as part of Sweeps Festival Rochester 2024. Hand painted ceramic tiles reveal an ornate pattern of greenery entwined spirals and ribbons around which strange beings dance and frolic about. The audio track is accessible via the QR code embedded within the artwork. It contains a wild mix of sounds made by humans and non-humans all recorded around the towns and countryside of Medway.

We’re grateful to the following groups of human participants for their vocal contribution: Electric Medway Young Hack; The Mess Room: both Kent Association for the Blind & Peer Arts Groups; Digital Teen Art at The Lightbox, and Nucleus Rochester.

Funded by Arts Council England.

The works existence in the public realm has been granted an extension thanks to the staff at Eastgate House. To visit please check museum opening hours (normally Sat & Sunday, 10-5pm).

4th – 6th May 2024

10am -6pm

Free, wheelchair accessible and open to the public

Eastgate House, Eastgate Gdns, Rochester ME1 1EW