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A Space for Sound -The Arches Sound Project

A Space for Sound -The Arches Sound Project

June – September 2022 

A Space for Sound – The Arches Sound Project is a listening space located in the historic centre of Newcastle University. The space brings together temporary sound pieces from a range of practitioners and researchers working across the University. 

This series of temporary sound installations will bring our Arches to life throughout June and in the autumn term – find out what you can expect as you walk through campus. 

Located in the historic centre of the campus, close to the Students Union and the Armstrong Building, the Arches are an iconic part of our city centre campus. 

The Institute for Creative Arts Practice earlier this year invited colleagues and students to submit their ideas as part of a programme of sound installations. 

The response was fantastic, and the resulting programme will bring together and present diverse sound-based work/research from a range of practitioners and researchers working across the University as well as projects with our external collaborators and partners 

The project team includes Professor Richard Talbot and Mel Whewell from the Institute. The technical aspects of the project are being curated by Tim Shaw, sound artist and Lecturer in Digital Media in the School of Arts & Cultures Tim’s work is being supported by PGRs (and sound artists) Rob Blazey and Yusuf Ghani. 
The Humanities Research Institute and the Institute for Social Science are also partners in the project. 

Programme – June to early September 2022 

June 15-17  

One Key Magic 

One Key Magic is one of the highlights of the British International Studies Association 2022 conference, held for the first time at Newcastle University. For nearly 60 years RAF Fylingdales has tracked all human made objects launched into Low Earth Orbit to distinguish signs and give warning of a nuclear attack from space. For this reason, retired space crews have called space operations a geo-political practice. This work will make audible the electrical and sonic landscape of space operations and geopolitical practices on Fylingdales Moor. 

Michael Mulvihill, Artist & Research Associate (Co-I) AHRC Turning Fylingdales Inside Out: Making practice visible and the UK’s ballistic missile early warning and space monitoring station. School of Geography, Politics and Sociology 

Co-convenor Military War and Security Research Group 

June 24
th -30th  

One Day Changes  
These pieces form part of One Day Changes which is a joint exhibition by Skimstone Arts' Associate Artists and photojournalists Ako Ismail from Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Shahor Omar from Kirkuk, Iraq who now live in the North East of England with lived refugee experience. The exhibition shows how in one day something so dramatic and life-changing forces people, including children, who were leading normal lives, suddenly to become refugees fleeing their homes, and as survivors look for a safe place. 
Skimstone Arts, an artist led, multi arts organisation, passionate about working with diverse Associate Artists and communities.

Theresa Easton, Artist & Lecturer in Fine Arts (Printmaking), Fine Art, Schools of Arts & Cultures  
David Baine, Journalist & Senior Lecturer, Media & Cultural Studies, School of Arts & Cultures 


July 4th-7th  

Reclaim the Streets – running as feminist activity 
I use running and my body as an instrument in a methodical exploration and examination of the challenges women face. I reveal how running creates an unconscious confidence, but also exposes the limitations or constraints of women’s access to the city and society raising questions of visibility, the female flaneur and patriarchal systems. The running process reveals and generates stories of people, place and societies of wunners. 

The sounds of this installation follow the traces left behind by my female feet, my female breath, my female experience and creates a sound constellation of the lived experience of the wunner. 

Sarah Ackland, Architect & PhD Candidate, School of Architect Planning & Landscape 


July 19th – 26th 

Walking Festival of Sound
Walking Festival of Sound is a transdisciplinary event exploring the role of walking through and listening to our everyday surroundings. It combines public events including walking performances, walking seminars and listening sessions, all taking place in diverse public spaces and online. Walking Festival of Sound facilitates a meeting point for the international network of practitioners and researchers interested in sound and walking. Through diverse events we explore how walking and listening practices can augment and challenge the way we perceive, navigate through, and care for our shared environments. This year’s Walking Festival of Sound is taking place in Vancouver and Seoul.  

Tim Shaw, Sound artist & Lecturer in Digital Media, School of Arts & Cultures 


August 20 – Sept 3rd

A walk round Contención Island 
November 2020 and a second lockdown. This was an attempt to get infection rates down to allow a break at Christmas. Because of the government’s distaste for restrictions of freedoms this was introduced as being for a fixed time - 28 days. As with the first lockdown, I had the question of an artistic response. So … having spent the spring lockdown creating Contención Island I now planned to walk its edge, to walk the shoreline of the island and, in so doing, to also mark off the days of lockdown.  

With a compass in the middle of the island, I measured 28 equal angles (of 12.9 degrees) and, where each cut the island rim produced 28 stretches of coastline – all of different lengths. I walked one each day, clockwise, and rebuilt the entire island; the order in which I walk the sections was determined by chance – over 28 days, re-building an island across time. Each walk was recorded in sound, poetry and line.   

Martin Eccles, Sound artist & PhD Candidate, School of Arts & Cultures 




Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences