Close your eyes and cast your mind back to being tucked up and ready to count sheep as a child...what special lullaby used to soothe you to sleep?
Hoping to find out the answer to that question are the co-creators of The Lullaby Project, Susanne Kudielka and Esther Rose Parkes Heinrichs, who want to create a diverse portrait of the many much-loved bedtime songs that are sung around island homes.
The project will take place over the next two years, culminating in a special as-yet-to-be-announced series of events in 2024.
In the meantime, the artists are asking people to come forward and share their lullabies with them at a series of ‘Lullaby Corner’ pop-ups at Jersey Library, which will provide an inviting space to share and contribute.
“Lullabies have been part of our sleep rituals since ancient times. They often stay with us all our lives and are passed on orally through the generations. Lullabies are woven into the fabric of family life across different cultures," Esther, who is a music therapist, musician and songwriter, explained.
Pictured: The ‘Lullaby Corner’ at Jersey Library hopes to provide an inviting space to share and contribute to the project.
"With the public’s help, we will create a lullaby portrait of Jersey," she continued.
"This project is an opportunity for a diversity of people to share in a creative community endeavour.
"Keep an eye out for our new webpage where the collected lullabies can then be used as a free resource by parents, practitioners and community organisations, and come spring, we will host a variety of pop-ups with our mobile lullaby archive.”
The Lullaby Project has been commissioned by ArtHouse Jersey, with funding support from the States of Jersey 'Connect Me' grant fund.
Current dates to take part in the mobile lullaby pop-ups at Jersey Library are as follows.
Wednesday 1 March, 10:00-13:30.
Friday 3 March, 10:00-12:00.
Wednesday 8 March, 10:00-13:30 and 17:00-20:00.
Friday 10 March, 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00.
Wednesday 15 March, 10:00-12:00.
Friday 17 March, 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00.
Pictured top: Susanne Kudielka and Esther Rose Parkes Heinrichs.
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