Any bell, anyone, anywhere in the UK

25 July 2012

Aberdeen is invited to be part of a nationwide artwork to ring thousands of bells at the same time, whether schools bells, church bells, town hall bells, bicycle bells or doorbells to mark the first day of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games at 8.12am on Friday 27 July.

"Work No. 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes" is a new artwork created by Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed which has been commissioned by the London 2012 Festival.

Aberdeen Art Gallery would like to invite members of the public to bring any size of bell along to the gallery to take part in this nationwide celebration at 8.12am on Friday 27 July.

A very special bell that will be rung at the gallery is the ship's bell from the old Northern Co-operative Society collier Thrift, built by Hall Russell & Co, Aberdeen, in 1931. The bell is part of Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Collection based at Aberdeen Maritime Museum.

Deirdre Grant, head of public programmes at Aberdeen Art Gallery said: "We hope members of the public will come along to the gallery on Friday as it's going to be a lot of fun. They can bring along any kind of bell and be part of this amazing performance to welcome the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the UK."

Refreshments will be available for participants who help the gallery make bell-ringing history in the UK's biggest London 2012 celebration.

Aberdeen's participation in this nationwide celebration will include city carillonneur Ronald Leith playing the Kirk of St Nicholas carillon for three minutes at 8.12am on Friday. The bell of St Nicholas includes the largest carillon bell in the UK and the second largest in Europe [Guinness Book of Records, 1994].

Work No. 1197 is supported by Discovering Places, the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad campaign to inspire the UK to discover their local historic, built and natural environment.