A life-affirming musical exhibition as part of Kirklees Year of Music
Devised by composer Orlando Gough and produced by Artichoke, HERD took place around Kirklees during July 2023 as part of Kirklees Year of Music. The KYOM23 flagship project was a ground-breaking collaboration between artists, musicians and hundreds of schoolchildren and community members.
This musical and sculptural odyssey of epic proportions involved a community of makers, hundreds of local schoolchildren and many hundreds more members of music groups including brass bands, bleatboxing, choral groups, boliyaan music, and many other musicians.
Over six magical days from 11 – 16 July 2023, 23 larger-than-life sheep, unlike any you’ve ever seen or heard, appeared in surprising places across the beautiful Kirklees countryside. Designed by Huddersfield-based artist Dave Young, working with heritage craft practitioners, each sheep sculpture had its own unique identity. Wired for sound, these musical sheep sculptures sang original compositions into the landscape, moving from the rural boundaries of Kirklees as they were herded towards town and city.
This epic event culminated in Huddersfield’s St George’s Square on Sunday 16 July as thousands gathered for an immersive day of sound and music. Positioned around the square and loaded with speakers, the sheep sculptures effectively created a surround-sound environment that the audience could hear from wherever they stood.