11 / 19 / 2021
The Sounding Coastal Change team are collaborating with UCL (Bartlett) in the Project Creative Practice and the Anthropocene.
We will be leading a session titled Art and Change at the online conference Eco-creativity hosted by the Open University on Friday 19th November which showcases our documentary video Creative Practice and the Anthropocene.
06 / 25 / 2021
Living with Dunes is a film Directed by Chris Bonfiglioli and Produced by Kim Hammond with the support of the Sounding Coastal Change team and the ENDURE Project.
Living with Dunes explores the complex environmental problems of climate change, biodiversity and habitat loss in focus at one location; Holme-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk. The Holme sand dunes and the people, flora and fauna who live with them are the central subject of this film.
North Norfolk is an area of low-lying sandy cliffs, dunes, mudflats, creeks, freshes and saltwater marshes. The area is an important bellwether and a de facto UK laboratory in terms of climate change and coastal vulnerability. Released on World Sand Dune Day 2021, the film celebrates the vitality of Holme dunes. We hear about their importance as a home, a habitat, a place to visit and a dynamic soft sea defence.
02 / 17 / 2019
From 2nd May - The Blakeney Postcards will be at Wells Maltings
29th March - 10th April 2019
Dundee University, DJCAD. Research Gallery, level 5 Matthew Building, DJCAD.
18th February - 17th March 2019 10:00 -16:00
Sunday 17th February - For more information and booking click here.
Can sound help us think about environmental change? This exhibition showcases film and sound work exploring change on the North Norfolk Coast. Sound conveys thoughts and feelings sometimes difficult to put into words. It allows the many voices of people and environments to be expressed together. Sound encourages us to think about human experiences of time and the rhythms and thresholds of environmental change. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the project team work with sound, music and different kinds of listening, to explore how the coast is changing and how people’s lives are changing with it.
Watch this space for future venues, dates and times.
17th February - 17th March 2019 - Norfolk Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Cley Marshes - Launch event 17th February
11 / 13 / 2018
10 / 16 / 2018
Image: Chris Bonfiglioli 2018
02 / 17 / 2019
Perhaps one of the most surprising elements for me is the way in which the soundscape makes us realise that while we may be able to visually edit out intrusive, ‘non-natural’ elements, the evidence of the ear shows us that North Norfolk is a highly technologized landscape; fast jets on bombing runs to Holbeach, passenger aircraft, traffic, and sizzling burgers. Making this half-hour film has opened my eyes and ears, making me more aware of the fragility of coastal life. It’s also made clear the impossibility of separating environmental from social change.
07 / 18 / 2018
24 hour Live Radio Broadcast
This was listened to by more than 1,000 people on the day and many more since.
The broadcast ran from the 18th to the 19th July.
It is still available as a Soundcloud playist on Richard Fair's Soundcloud here:
A recording of the live broadcast is now available on Soundcloud.
Resulting from collaborations with local organizations and individuals, the broadcast includes live discussions, a documentary made by the Year 6 pupils of the Pilgrim Federation of Church of England Primary Schools, a new radio ballad featuring interviews with local residents, recordings of live music events, digital sound art, Sound Arks, and environmental sounds including the Dawn Chorus.
The broadcast started at, 4am onwards, Wednesday 18 July – and went to 4am Thursday 19 July
Listen: at The Blakeney Harbour Room, 1pm – 5pm, Wednesday 18 July
Be part of the broadcast: come to Blakeney Quay on 18 July and be part of the broadcast by making YOUR MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE at the SCC ENGAGEMENT TENT in the Blakeney Parish Council quayside carpark, and say ‘Hi’ to the broadcast team in the Seagulls & Samphire Art & Craft Centre at Blakeney Quay.
The broadcast ran from 4:00 am on the 18th to same time on the 19th July 2018
Lots of people shared their views on coastal change with the following activities:
Sound Ark: You can send it to us with the subject "Sound Ark" or tweet to us with the hash tag #SaveOurSounds
Message in a Bottle: You can send it to us with the subject "MIB" or tweet to us with the hash tag #MessageinaBottle
Overheard in…. / Overheard in Blakeney: Have you heard something important and want to tell the world: You can send it to us with the subject "Overheard in" or tweet to us with the tag #Overheardin
04:00 The Dawn Chorus in Blakeney
06:00 Time and Tide/Morston Quay digital sound installations
07:00 Sounding Coastal Change – an introduction
08:00 Soundscape North Norfolk
09:00 Meet the Sounding Coastal Change Team
09.45 Pilgrim Federation of C.of.E Primary Schools
10:00 Blakeney Is Beautiful/Norfolk Melodies/More Water In The Sea
11:00 Coastal Conversations - Parts 1 and 2
12:10 What’s Happening?
12:30 Meet the Team
13:00 Pilgrim Federation Year 6 Documentary
14:00 Time and Tide/Morston Quay
14.40 Radio Ballad: The Village, the Sea and the Turning Tide
16:00 Roundtable Discussion with Norfolk conservation organizations
17:00 Coastal Partnership – AONB 50th Anniversary
17:30 Sound Ark/Bio-blitz – Citizen Science
18:00 Pilgrim Federation Year 6 Documentary (repeat)
19:00 Discussion 2
19:30 Sound Ark/Bio-blitz – Citizen Science
20:30 Coastal Conversations
21:40 Radio Ballad: The Village, the Sea and the Turning Tide
23:00 Discussion 2 (repeat from 4pm roundtable)
00:00 Matters Arising …in Blakeney
01:45 Coastal Partnership AONB
02:15 Blakeney Is Beautiful/Norfolk Melodies/More Water In The Sea
03:15 Soundscape North Norfolk
06 / 30 / 2018
A free, collaborative event with Norfolk Wildlife Trust, at Cley Marshes Visitors’ Centre:
Join us for tea and coffee (and biscuits) and some engaging conversations with people familiar with the ever-changing Norfolk Coast. Our informed conversationalists come from the Open University, the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and beyond. They will be ready to listen and discuss whatever aspects of the coast’s ‘living landscape’ interest you the most, or simply want to reflect upon. Some of the conversations will be recorded for the Sounding Coastal Change 24-hour live online broadcast from Blakeney for World Listening Day, 18 July 2018.
06 / 02 / 2018
Premier performance of new music by composer Sam Richards.
Featuring renowned vocal ensemble: Seraphim (Director, Vetta Wise)
'Matters Arising … in Blakeney' is composer/improviser Sam Richards' response to visiting and researching Blakeney and the North Norfolk coast.â€‹ It is an exciting opportunity to hear the first performance of an innovative large-scale, multi-performer piece with professional vocalists, instrumentalists, digital sound and film artists and, near the end, a conversation about the future of the area. Richards uses locally recorded sounds and experimental approaches to music and performance, and fills the entire space of St.Nicholas’ Church.
Either stay for the full 2-hour performance or drop-in and out
Where - St Nicholas Church, Blakeney
When. 14:00 - 16:00
07 / 07 / 2017
Children welcome, refreshments available
Friday, 7 July 2017 from 18:00 onwards
St. Nicholas’ Church,Cley Road, Blakeney, NR25 7NJ
To celebrate the launch of the Sounding Coastal Change project, this event will showcase:
• Sonic creations by the children of the Pilgrim Federation of Church of England Primary Schools
• Electronic sound art created from the sounds of Blakeney and conversations with local people
• The premiere of a music composition inspired by the Norfolk coast
• Discoveries from the East Anglian Film Archive
• Folk songs olds and new
To register your attendance and for catering purposes, please CLICK HERE.
05 / 07 / 2017
Live web broadcast followed by a Q&A session at the NWT, Cley
Live web broadcast two hours either side of dawn, estimated time of broadcast 04:30 - 06:30
Q&A with the recording team at a ‘Bird Bonanza’ session at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Aspinall Centre, 10:00 - 11:30
Thursday, 7 May 2017 from 04:30 to 11:30 (GMT)
Venue: Norfolk Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Cley, NR25 7SA
A live web broadcast of the dawn chorus on Cley Marshes, for International Dawn Chorus Day, linked by Reveil: a 24 hour broadcast that tracks the sounds of daybreak, travelling West from microphone to microphone on sounds transmitted live by audio streamers around the globe. This activity is part of the Cley Calling celebration of North Norfolk's wildlife and people.
Listen to the live broadcast here:
07 / 03 / 2017
Free, all welcome
2 - 8 July
INSTALLATION 1 - the lookout at Morston Quay, National Trust Information Centre, Blakeney National Nature Reserve
INSTALLATION 2 - St. Nicholas' Church, Cley Road, Blakeney, NR25 7NJ
Sound artists Lona Kozik and Richard Fair have created two distinct sound works based upon ‘found sound’ recorded in the local area, and research interviews with local residents.
07 / 03 / 2017
Students at the Pilgrim Federation of C. of E. Primary Schools
Week of 3 - 7 July 2017
Locations: Blakeney Primary School
Students will learn how to use sound recording equipment, how to record environmental sounds outdoors, and the techniques of mini-interviews with people in their community. The workshop facilitators, Johanna Wadsley and Richard Fair, will then edit, geotag and upload the children’s creations to the Sound Map on www.soundingcoastalchange.org, and the children will present their work at the live performance event on Friday 7 July 2017.
04 / 17 / 2018