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Ruth Ewan: Anti Bell


Ruth Ewan drew on Loughborough’s history as a site for bell production, and the significance of the bell as an instrument of social and political control. Bells have called people to worship, and warned of danger. So potent a symbol, bells were often removed, destroyed or melted down during times of conquest and war, sending a clear message from the victorious to the defeated.

Anti-Bell was made up of two elements. A live event where the audience witnessed the destruction of an old bell, transforming it into a mass of metal, removing its functionality, and neutralising its symbolic potency, and to coincide with the live event an artist's publication bought together archive material and text relating to Loughborough’s bell foundry and Carillon Towers War Memorial, referencing the wider social and historical role of bells.

With thanks to John Taylor & Co Bellfounders for their support.

Ruth Ewan was born in Aberdeen 1980, she now lives and works in London. Ruth’s work take many forms including performance, installation and printed matter. Her practice explores overlooked areas of political and social history, reviving these forgotten thoughts and ideas and highlighting their continued relevance today. Often celebrating activists and radical thinkers, Ruth’s work encourages collaboration and participation – in the past she has worked with historians, traditional craftsmen, musicians and school children.

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