Sandy Row is one of the oldest residential districts in Belfast, and while it thrived through the early 20th Century, it is now facing difficulties integrating with the rapidly developing Belfast City Centre.
Gilpin’s brewery is the biggest building in the estate, and holds great significance within the community. Over the years, it has reflected the evolving status of Sandy Row itself.
Through the Drinking Glass explores the connection between Gilpin’s brewery and the community of Sandy Row, recreating sounds reminiscent of the time in which the brewery was at its peak. Industrial style recordings are played through bottles and kegs, taking you back to Sandy Row’s most historically significant structure during its busiest time.
In this composition, residents of Sandy Row recall vivid memories of everyday sights and sounds from Gilpin’s and its surrounding neighbourhood, as well as the positive impact the building had on the community.
‘Gilpin’s is a site which hold much cultural and historical significance for the community as a whole… we would really like to see this site developed into an economic and cultural hub around which economic and physical renewal would be focused.’ Garnet Busby
This composition displays how sounds can evoke memories and feelings from the past and hopefully bring attention to the opportunity to revive the community through the renovation of the old Gilpin’s building.
Composition and Installation by Daniel Gillespie, Emily McCabe, Francesca O’Connor, Sarah Herald and Simon Howard.