Culture Lab Newcastle

Staff Profile

James Davoll

Technical Manager




James Davoll is an award winning film maker and artist working across creative digital media, video installation, film, photography and sound.

Based in Culture Lab, Newcastle University, UK. His practice explores specific landscapes asking questions of their contemporary role, relevance and our emotive response to them. He seeks to investigate our complex and contradictory relationship with the natural world. 



Fellowship HEA - 2018

MRes Digital Media, Newcastle University - 2012

PGCE in Post Compulsory Education, Sunderland University - 2008

BA Contemporary Photographic Practice, Northumbria University - 2006



University Technician Commitment Steering Group

School EXEC

Faculty Health and Safety

Culture Lab Steering and Working Groups 

Athena Swan Steering Group


Specialist Advisor NationalTechnician Development Centre

Member of the Arts Territory Exchange




I'm interested in the following themes:

  • How the viewer experiences and contributes to the artwork and how this role is continually evolving with changes in society and technology
  • Landscape, migration and place
  • Soundscape Ecology
  • Environmental Sound Art

Current Project Include:

  • Experiences of Polluted Leisure where the River Tees meets the Sea
  • Recording the liminal spaces of the Norther Ireland/ Ireland border
  • Investigating the Sonic Potential and Heritage Sounds of Dorothea Slate Quarry


Selected Projects, Exhibitions, Conferences and Festivals

Laurus Film Festival, Moldova, Kazakhstan and Belarus. 2021 (Semi - Finalist)Etnovideográfica Film Festival, Zamora, Spain, 2020 (Nominated Jury Prize)

Winner, Wales international Film Festival, Swansea, Wales, 2019

Spaces of Intervention, Culture Lab, Newcastle, 10/2019

Put This in Your Window and Think of Me, Cambridge, 2019

Skeiôaráhlaup Festival, Iceland, 2019

Winner Best Experimental ReelHeart Film Festival, Toronto Canada, 2019 (Nominated Best Editing)

Bound iii, Alchemy Film Festival, England, 2019

Bound ii, Allenheads Contemporary Art, England, 2019

AnthropOcean, Congresso da Associaçåo Portuguesa de Antropologia, Lisboa, Portugal, 2019

Finalist, Camarthen Bay Film Festival , Wales, 2019

Wales International Documentary Film Festival, Cardiff, Wales, 2019

Short to the Point Film festival, Romania & Moldova, 2019

Ethnografilm Festival, Paris, France, 2019

Honourable Mention, Canada Short Film Festival, 2018

Polluted Leisure: A Toxic Love Affair Exhibition and Performance, Foundation Maison des Sciences de L'Homme, Paris, France 11/ 2018

Bound i, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Scotland, 11/2018

Sounding Nature, selected contributor, Cities and Memory Project, Online Archive, 2018

GeNErosity Festival, 10/ 2018

6mm Film Festival, 10/ 2018

TRACE, Radio Series, ResonanceExtra, 2018

Polluted Leisure: A Toxic Love Affair in Blue Spaces, XL Gallery, 09/ 2018

ASA18 Conference: Sociality, matter, and the imagination: re-creating Anthropology with Dr Adam Doering and Dr Clifton Evers, Oxford University, 2018

1205, Fuse, Bradford, 2018

Gwyl Lechi Bro Ffestiniog/ Ffestiniog Slate Festival 2018

CAMP Residency, France, 2018

CAUTHE Conference 2018 Collaboration with Dr Adam Doering, Dr Clifton Evers, Prof. Kumi Kato, Simon Wearne, Australia 

Sustaining the Seas Conference 2017, Polluted Leisure, Collaboration with Dr Clifton Evers, Australia

Sydney Ideas Festival 2017, Polluted Leisure, Collaboration with Dr Clifton Evers, Australia

Paths Across Waters, North Shields, 2017

The Dark Outside and Sanctuary Lab, Contributed work, Talnotry, 2017

Adlais, Dorothea Quarry, Gynedd 

Chwarel, Taysarn, Wales, 2017 

Murmur, Collaboration with David De la Haye, Prof. Julieanne Preston, Newcastle, 2017 

AHRC Commons, Common Ground, York, 2016 

Bridges, Collaboration with David De la Haye, Tyne Bridge, 2016

Seasons, Field Camera, Cumbria

Loops, Lines, Layers, Newcastle, 

Things Not Seen Archive, Ex Libris

Cloud 9, Kirkley Hall, Northumberland

FutureEverything Festival, Manchester

Render3, CultureLab

Emblematic Project, Newcastle

LandeScape, Hatton Gallery

Wield Allotments Residency, E.Sussex

Brighton Biennial, Brighton

Change, Queenstown, New Zealand

Helios, Biscuit Factory

Mise-en-scène, Gallery North









MCH 2002 Filmmaking: Ideas to Screen 

MCH 2060 Multimedia Journalism 1 

MCH 3010  Independent Filmmaking 

MCH 3079 Multimedia Journalism II

MCH 3084 Film Practice Project 

MCH 3086 Film Practice Project 

MCH 8004 Film Practice Project