Ten Songs for a Lar

Commission call-out for musicians, song writers, sound artists, poets, and those working with sound to create new audio interpretations of a bronze ‘Lar’ – a household god figurine (dated circa. 200 AD) held in the collections at The Guildhall Museum, Rochester, UK.

The Kent Medway Museums National Portfolio Organisation Partnership (KMM NPO) are seeking proposals from musicians, song writers, sound artists, poets, and those working with sound to create new audio artworks to be accessioned as permanent artefacts within the museum collections. ‘Ten Songs for a Lar’ is an ambitious new commission searching for multiple audio interpretations of a bronze ‘Lar’ – a household god figurine (dated circa. 200 AD) held in the collections at The Guildhall Museum, Rochester, UK. Successful artists will receive £1,000 per selected track (inclusive of VAT). The deadline for submissions is: 15th June 12pm (BST)

The Kent Medway Museums National Portfolio Organisation Partnership (KMM NPO) are seeking proposals from musicians, song writers, sound artists, poets, and those working with sound to create new audio artworks to be accessioned as permanent artefacts within the museum collections. ‘Ten Songs for a Lar’ is an ambitious new commission searching for multiple audio interpretations of a bronze ‘Lar’ – a household god figurine (dated circa. 200 AD) held in the collections at The Guildhall Museum, Rochester, UK.

The Guildhall Lar is a bronze figurine believed to date from around 200AD. It was found in March 1888 near Quarry House, Frindsbury, UK. When discovered, the object was originally thought to be a depiction of Cupid though has later been recognised as a Lar – a relatively rare find in the UK.

A Lar (or plural, Lares), including the one from The Guildhall Museum (Rochester, Kent, UK), are particularly mysterious objects. They are primarily household guardian deities from ancient Rome believed to observe, protect, and influence all that happens within the boundaries of their location (home). Statues of domestic Lares were placed at the table during family meals; their presence, cult, and blessing seem to have been required at all important family events.

Although there is much that is still unknown with The Guildhall Museum Lar, these objects, are often depicted as dancing, protective forces. Ovid (Roman poet) describes how these deities are often described as Muta (the speechless one) and are required to carry out their safeguarding activities in silence.

Successful artists will receive £1,000 per selected track (inclusive of VAT).

The deadline for submissions is: 15th June 12pm (BST).

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