ArtisAnn Gallery
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70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast, BT5 5AE

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Tony Benn signing Tracey Moberly's sonograms

Tony Benn with Tracey Moberly

POWER ... Missiles, Miners & Monarchy

Voice Portraits of Tony Benn by Tracey Moberly

The artist Tracey Moberly worked alongside Tony Benn to compile a series of large Voice Portraits or sonograms on canvas to celebrate the life work of Tony Benn. Sonograms have been used for decades by scientists involved in audio analysis, such as voice recognition, bird song and many other areas of audio application. Within this unique exhibition Tracey uses the same technique to capture her favourite key moments from his words and renders them as sonic visual artworks. The art works are highly colourful and visually powerful in both meaning and form.

Tony Benn (3 April 1925 – 14 March 2014) was a Member of Parliament for 47 years between the 1950 and 2001, and a Cabinet minister in the Labour governments of Harold Wilson and James Callaghan in the 1960s and 1970s.

In a documented speech about the exhibition Tony Benn, Tony likens himself to the artist’s muse as a concrete block being chipped away by a a sculptors chisel to produce the work from his words. He advocates the oral tradition and the art of listening.


Tracey's exhibition which accompanied the play Tony’s Last Tape written by Andy Barrett and directed by Giles Croft - comprises of the sonogram visualisation of Tony Benn’s words from the audio tapes he made each night after Parliament closed. One section focuses on the subjects of Missiles, Miners & Monarchy from his record diaries. The second section following appearances on Tracey’s past weekly London radio programme the Foundry’s Late Late Breakfast Show where a selection of Sonograms were created from his words from these on the National Health Service; Newsnight; Stars and Tony’s Pipe … a visual representation of Tony Benn through his words.

The exhibition was first unveiled by Tony in 2005 and was not shown since then until 2019.

Now his words resonate more than ever …

Read more about Tracey Moberly here

People are guided by their stars – it is a dreaming thing – to have stars in your eyes – it they knock you out, you suddenly see stars…”

Sonogram on C TYPE Kodak Metallic Archival Print
43 x 32 cms (inc frame)

“I was thinking if Moses had come down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments and tried to explain it on Newsnight - he’d have never got anywhere.’

Sonogram on C TYPE Kodak Metallic Archival Print
43 x 32 cms (inc frame)

“No – No – I’m just getting another pipe…”

Sonogram on C TYPE Kodak Metallic Archival Print
43 x 32 cms (inc frame)

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“We founded an absolutely free health service – no prescription charges, no charges for teeth, spectacles – treatment for old people – it was absolutely free because we had the will…”

Sonogram on C TYPE Kodak Metallic Archival Print
43 x 32 cms (inc frame)