Listening to Climate Change: experiments with sonic democracy

Lead Research Organisation: Open University
Department Name: Faculty of Arts and Social Sci (FASS)

Abstract

This project engages publics with issues of climate change through the medium of sound. It starts from the assumption that the complex temporalities and interconnections which characterise climate change issues and the hard-to-articulate hopes, fears and expectations that these provoke might be usefully delineated and voiced through sound. The project focuses on the vulnerable coastal marshes of Blakeney Point, Norfolk, currently in the care of the National Trust (NT), the main project partner. It connects with NT's own concern to encourage residents, stakeholders and visitors to engage constructively with the challenges posed by climatic change in coastal landscapes. The project explores the role of sonic art practice to facilitate and empower residents and other users of Blakeney Point to engage with the challenges raised by climate change and explore possible desired and undesired future scenarios for this location. This study builds and extends the NT's recent initiative Sounds of our Shores (2015-16).

Issues of climate change pose extraordinary challenges for the communication of scientific knowledge and for broader public debate concerning environmental uncertainties, possibilities, options and futures. As complex, seemingly intangible phenomena or 'invisible risks', involving a range of timescales and geographically extensive consequences, climate change issues are notoriously difficult to trace, imagine and bring into presence. Arts-based communication of climate change has proved one important means of giving shape and form to such complex issues within certain arenas of public debate. Yet in spite of Hulme's (2008,2009) plea that climate change is very much a cultural problem, much climate change-related arts-based work is made by artists for publics in the hope of provoking responses rather than by publics themselves as an active and ongoing part of facilitating dialogue.

This project adopts a social process-based arts methodology to help move arts-based work concerning climate change towards a more clearly articulated model of conversation and mutual learning. It explores the assertion that sound has a distinctive ability to bring together apparently and otherwise incommensurable 'voices', traces, data sonifications and environmental sounds, in a shared space in which each might speak to the other. The potential here is to initiate some form of meaningful communication between social and natural worlds and to enable participants and audiences to better imagine the implications, potentials and possibilities of environmental change.

We address three questions in this research:
Q1. How can sound help explore and more widely communicate the complex temporal nature of climate change?
Q2. To what extent can a sonically based engagement strategy facilitate dialogue, response and conversation between a diverse range of interested parties including various human interests, flora, fauna and environmental processes?
Q3. What role can collaborative participatory sonic art play in the creative collective imagining of environmental futures in the context of human-induced climate change?

The project team includes geographers, musician-composer-sound artists, community engagement specialists, arts-documentary-makers, local partners: the NT, Blakeney Primary School and Future Radio. A thirty-one month programme of co-devised workshops, sonic data collection and participant-led and composed performance will lead to the production of a Sonic Estuary Plan as an interactive multi-media e-book for Blakeney Point. Other outputs include a sonic exhibition, live performance, a radio ballad and a documentary film to tour/engage with other National Trust coastal sites. Another e-book about these participatory methods of sonic engagement will bring together best practice from elsewhere, critically reflecting on the sonic experiments undertaken in the project.

Planned Impact

The research undertaken for this project will benefit a variety of specialist and non specialist audiences as follows:

1 The National Trust (NT) particularly the East of England Region and the team based at Blakeney Point (Norfolk) as primary project partners. The project engages with the NT's initiatives to address coastal environmental change in the light of climate change and to engage publics and with the issues, dilemmas and opportunities this poses, see the publication Shifting Shores (NT: 2013, 2015). The most important outputs in this regard are:

a) Interactive Sonic Exhibition at Blakeney Point (NT) as a primary forum for bringing together a range of voices, understandings, interpretations, hopes, wishes and valuations of the Blakeney sonic environment allowing participants to share thoughts and express views, wishes and judgement on possible alternative futures.
b) Art Film/project documentary will form the centre piece of the concluding exhibition that will visit other NT coastal sites.
c) Sonic Estuary Plan, requested by the NT, is central to engagement with the Trust. This interactive multi-media E-book offers new ways of working creatively with locality, people and environment. In addition it pioneers new social process art engagement methods that may be adapted and adaptable as models for future engagement strategies elsewhere and in other contexts.

2 Residents, Users and Stakeholders at Blakeney. Coastal change in East Anglia is proving highly controversial, threatening livelihoods, properties, ecosystems and ways of life. This project experiments with a four stage social process arts research methodology which aims to empower publics as actively involved participants in ongoing discussion concerning climate change and the management of coastal landscape. In the short term this provides a platform for opinions to be voiced, whilst at the same time providing a forum to facilitate listening to those of others. Inclusion of the Sonic Estuary Plan in future discussions concerning NT public engagements, management policy and practice offer a distinctive opportunity for these individuals and groups, some of whom may not be otherwise heard or represented, to enter the conversation.

3 Publics beyond Blakeney. These groups are initially consulted in festival based workshops that draw on interim materials from the Blakeney case study. Beyond Blakeney, engagement methods are designed to experiment across a range of spatial scales. The Radio Ballad will engage across the UK and internationally aiming to provoke conversation with and responses from experience in other places. Whilst the OU/National Trust touring exhibition, aims to bring the issues raised at Blakeney to other coastal locations managed by the NT. Some material will also be developed as open access educational materials (via OU OpenLearn, OU YouTube, iTunesU).

4 Practitioners and professionals concerned with arts based environmental engagement. This project is both an exercise in sonic process art engagement and an experiment trialing sonic methodologies. The express purpose is to explore the possibilities of an expanded politics involving a range of human, non-human and environmental 'voices' and engage a wide range of publics and stakeholders in environmental decision making and thinking about environmental futures. The project will impact on professionals and practitioners by providing new methodologies for sonic process art, climate change and other environmental engagements. The free to download Sonic Methods 'Cook book' (e-book) will carry these findings, discussion and examples of good practice to practitioners, policy makers and others concerned with sound art and public engagement. It will challenge current practices and provide examples which demonstrate the possibilities and potentials for sonic based public engagement. Other project materials will be freely available via the British Library and East Anglian Film Archive.

Publications

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Title Blakeney Marshes for solo piano 
Description 45 minute solo piano composition by project team member Sam Richards. Excepts used in launch week concert 8th July 2017 
Type Of Art Composition/Score 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Norfolk Coast Partnership consulting us about sonic engagement (ongoing).The NCC is a body of statutory agencies, and institutional partners with practical management responsibilities for the North Norfolk Coast. They produce a 5 yearly management plan for the North Norfolk Coast. 
 
Title Blakeney Parish Church Sound Installation 
Description Sound work installation part of the project launch week 1st to 9th July 2017. 
Type Of Art Composition/Score 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Norfolk Coast Partnership consulting us about sonic engagement (ongoing).The NCC is a body of statutory agencies, and institutional partners with practical management responsibilities for the North Norfolk Coast. They produce a 5 yearly management plan for the North Norfolk Coast. 
 
Title Blakeney is Changing 
Description Work in sound and vision made by pupils of the Pilgrim Federation of Primary Schools made under the supervision of project team members PDRA Johanna Wadsley and Richard Fair. Performed at Launch even concert 07/07/17. And now available from the Sounding Coastal Change website. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Norfolk Coast Partnership consulting us about sonic engagement (ongoing).The NCC is a body of statutory agencies, and institutional partners with practical management responsibilities for the North Norfolk Coast. They produce a 5 yearly management plan for the North Norfolk Coast. 
URL http://www.soundingcoastalchange.org/sonicmap?id=64
 
Title Doggerland 
Description Song composed and sung by project team member Sam Richards 
Type Of Art Composition/Score 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Norfolk Coast Partnership consulting us about sonic engagement (ongoing).The NCC is a body of statutory agencies, and institutional partners with practical management responsibilities for the North Norfolk Coast. They produce a 5 yearly management plan for the North Norfolk Coast. 
URL http://www.soundingcoastalchange.org/sonicmap?id=76
 
Title More Water in the Sea 
Description Sound and video work made by project team members Lona Kozik and Gair Dunlop. Performed at Launch even concert 07/07/17. And now available from the Sounding Coastal Change website. 
Type Of Art Composition/Score 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Norfolk Coast Partnership consulting us about sonic engagement (ongoing).The NCC is a body of statutory agencies, and institutional partners with practical management responsibilities for the North Norfolk Coast. They produce a 5 yearly management plan for the North Norfolk Coast. 
URL http://www.soundingcoastalchange.org/sonicmap?id=73
 
Title Morston Quay Sound Installation 
Description Sound installation in the lookout, National Trust building at Morston Quay. Installation/event as part of launch week For project launch week July 1st to 8th 2017 
Type Of Art Composition/Score 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Norfolk Coast Partnership consulting us about sonic engagement (ongoing).The NCC is a body of statutory agencies, and institutional partners with practical management responsibilities for the North Norfolk Coast. They produce a 5 yearly management plan for the North Norfolk Coast. 
 
Title Radio ballad 'The Village, the Sea and the Turning Tide' by Sam Richards & Dr Lona Kozik 
Description Sound work made in the form of a radio ballad. It features interviews with local residents, sea shanties by local folk musicians, and digital sound art incorporating environmental sounds from Blakeney & Morston. (Duration 60 minutes) 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Formed an important part of the 24 Hour Broadcast from Blakeney July 2018 
 
Title Seven Blakeney Postcards by Dr Lona Kozik 
Description Seven sonic postcards each of five to eight minutes duration. Featuring interviews with local residents, sea shanties by local folk musicians, and digital sound art incorporating environmental sounds from Blakeney & Morston. As follows: 1) Grand Promenade: Barrie Slegg and Janet Harcourt talk old-time entertainments; 2) The Blakeney Social Club: Colin Cobon discusses the Blakeney duck pond; 3) More Water in the Sea: Glynn West recalls his father's musing on the sea; 4) Planes, Trains and Coffee Machines: Michael Girling talks about the railway line; 5) Blakeney High Street: Blakeney locals reminisce about the high street; 6) The Fisherman's Tale: Gary Mears talks about the fishing and sings with the Old Wild Rovers; 7) Doggerland is Out of Sight: Sam Richards' song about climate change with commentary by Terry Alcock, Rob Spray and Piers Warren 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact These works are a central part of the project travelling exhibition. Exhibited at the Norfolk Science Festival October 2018, Cley Marshes Vistiors Centre February 2019; Also exhibited at Wells Maltings November 2018 as part of a collaborative engagement workshop with the Norfolk Coast Partnership seeking public opinion and participation in formulating the Five year plan for the Norfolk Coast AONB (2019-2024) 
URL http://www.soundingcoastalchange.org/sonicmap
 
Title Soundings a film by Gair Dunlop 
Description A 30 minute film which showcases draws on works, materials and activities undertaken by the project to raise a series of issues concerning temporal environmental and social change on the coast and its environmental future. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact This work is a central part of the project travelling exhibition. Exhibited at the Norfolk Science Festival October 2018, Cley Marshes Vistiors Centre February 2019; Also exhibited at Wells Maltings November 2018 as part of a collaborative engagement workshop with the Norfolk Coast Partnership seeking public opinion and participation in formulating the Five year plan for the Norfolk Coast AONB (2019-2024) 
URL http://www.soundingcoastalchange.org
 
Description SCC has developed activities with project partners that engage with the planning of Norfolk's coastal landscapes which shape public engagement strategies around coastal issues in addition to decision-making processes and decision-making outcomes themselves. SCC have worked closely with the environmental management plans of three key organisations: the Norfolk Coast: Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT), Norfolk County Council Environment Team (NCCCET), and the Norfolk Coast Partnership (NCP). NWT are the UK's oldest Wildlife Trust, with 35,000 members they manage over 50 nature reserves. SCC worked with the People and Wildlife Team developing a day long workshop devising a strategy enabling the NWT People and Wildlife Team to implement proposals set out in Towards a Wilder Britain (2018) produced nationally by The Wildlife Trusts. The strategy for Norfolk developed by this workshop focused on a 'parliament of things' style thinking in terms of the question: 'What does it mean to speak up for wildlife; to be a voice for nature?' NCCET asked the SCC team to collaborate around specific public engagement relating to coastal environmental management projects and longer-term strategic thinking. On the 14th November 2018 SCC ran a day long stakeholder workshop for the NCC ENDURE project team. ENDURE is a European based initiative which examines the role of natural coastal sand dune systems for resilience in relation to climate change. The workshop adopted a 'parliament of things' methodology based on 'making things matter' involving publics in co-producing knowledge and managing key sites. With key stakeholders, it identified a series of specific locations as research sites for the remainder of the project. In January 2019 SCC ran a second workshop drawing on questions concerning 'in what ways can we speak for the environment?' The workshop rewrote the NCCET mission statement and 'plan on a page' to more fully take into account both active public involvement in environmental issues and the complexity and vitality of nature itself. This mission statement forms the basis for future work by NCCET and therefore shapes future environmental policy and management undertaken by Norfolk County Council. NCP have statutory responsibility for producing quinquennial planning documents setting out a vision for the management and planning of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty. The organization provides a forum which brings together the relevant statutory authorities, agencies and public organizations who have a key stake in coastal management. SCC has worked with the NCP to: (1) define priorities and themes for the next Norfolk Coast AONB plan (2019) (2) pioneer sonic and arts based public engagement concerning coastal planning priorities (3) devise and trial a 'parliament of things' style engagement to inform the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans for the Norfolk coast. (1) in April 2018 a day workshop at Salthouse Parish Hall attended by all partner members of the NCP used ideas of an active or vital nature explored and critically examined current thinking on coastal management. It devised and set the themes and priorities for the forthcoming 5-year AONB management plan. (2) between August and October 2018 and subsequent to the SCC 24-hour broadcast event from Blakeney, Norfolk, SCC collaborated with NCP to engage publics with issues concerning future coastal planning and to collect opinions and ideas. Adopting a technique used in the 24-Hour event, a series of 'bird boxes' in key locations within the AONB collected a short semi structured responses'. On 13th November 2018, a public event at the Wells Maltings Theatre chaired and run by SCC used the project film 'Soundings' and the six sonic postcards to generate discussion as part of a workshop exploring public priorities for the forthcoming 2019 AONB management plan. Wells Maltings re host the sonic postcards, Spring/Summer 2019 and SCC will support them making sonic postcards using project methodology. Together these form a major component of the NCP public engagement strategy in relation to the 2019 plan and feed into developing concern with hidden and unheard voices as a primary theme for future engagement over the next 5-year cycle of implementation and review. (3) SCC are devising, trialing and evaluating a 'parliament of things' style deliberative democratic process with the local group developing the Neighbourhood Development Plan for the village of Holme-next-the-sea. This brings together SCC's sonic strategies for encouraging decisions to be made in the context of hidden and unheard voices including nonhuman 'voices' with the project's 'parliament of things' style deliberative decision-making process. This trial will be built into public and community engagement for NCP during the period of the 5-year plan 2019-2024.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Environment
Impact Types Policy & public services

 
Description Norfolk Coast Partnership (AONB) 
Organisation Norfolk Coast Partnership
PI Contribution - Norfolk Coast Bioblitz 2017 Sonic Snapshot - Sonic Snapshot of celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the Norfolk Coast AONB - Including NCP in a live roundtable discussion during the project's 24-hour live online radio broadcast from Blakeney for World Listening Day, July 2018; discussants included representatives from the NCP, National Trust and Norfolk Coast Partnership and the project pi; the discussion was chaired by Prof. Joe Smith - deliberative democracy workshops with NCP staff, institutional members of the Partnership, and NCP publics as part of the NCPs statutory consultation on its next 5 year management plan
Collaborator Contribution Staff time, time at NCP Forum events, introductions to public constituencies and institutional stakeholders for the purposes of furthering the deliberative democracy workshop programme
Impact TBC
Start Year 2017
 
Description Pilgrim Federation of Church of England Primary Schools, Norfolk 
Organisation Pilgrim Federaration of Church of England Primary Schools
PI Contribution JULY 2017: PDRA Johanna Wadsley & external creative consultant Richard Fair piloted 2 days' of introductory sound recordings workshops with the Year 5 and Year 6 students from the Federation (approx. 35 students). Using equipment owned by the project, one group learned techniques for environmental sound recording, the other how the design interview questions and conduct and record interviews with adults from Blakeney village, including the process of gaining informed consent. The individual recordings were uploaded to the project website, and a 10 minute sonic piece with still photography, titled 'Blakeney is Beautiful', reframed the students' work as a piece of audio-visual art. Blakeney is Beautiful was presented to a live audience at the launch performance event at St.Nicholas' Church, Blakeney, on 7 July 2017. NOVEMBER 2017 TO PRESENT: A series of 12 workshops with the current Year 6 cohort (22 pupils from 4 schools), working towards the production of a one-hour radio programme to present in the project's 24-hour live online broadcast from Blakeney, 18/07/18, to coincide with World Listening Day. The cohort works in 3 production teams of 7-8 students, producing short radio plays on a variety of topics (available on the project website) to develop their skills as researchers, writers, interviewers and sound recordists. The children ultimately settled the themes of land, sea and air pollution, conducting on location visits and interviews with experts and professionals local to North Norfolk.
Collaborator Contribution Through the full support of the Executive Head Teacher, Ms Mary Dolan, the workshops alternated between the 4 schools of the Federation and involved shuttling students from school to school. We were provided with large spaces to work in, with AV equipment and access to the schools' own Chromebook Laptops. At least two school staff were in attendance at each workshop (12 in total), actively supporting the workshop activities and children's skills development, and facilitating the involvement of three children with autism and other learning difficulties.
Impact Blakeney is Beautiful' audio-slideshow; 6 short radio plays researched, written, performed and recorded by the pupils; 1 hour radio documentary for online broadcast, researched, written, performed and recorded by the pupils; initiated relationships between the schools' Federation and other local project partners.
Start Year 2017
 
Description 'Landscape, voice and atmosphere: towards a sonic geography', University of Durham 25th January. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Keynote Address, One day Conference: Georgraphy, Music, Space. Video available online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dur.ac.uk/music/research/seminars16-17/geog/
 
Description 14. Radio production workshop programme, Pilgrim Federation of Church of England Primary Schools: 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 14. Radio production workshop programme, Pilgrim Federation of Church of England Primary Schools: 12-month collaboration with Kelling, Blakeney, Walsingham & Hindringham Primary Schools, in which the Year 6 students learned how to become radio producers and produce a radio documentary about social & environmental change on the Norfolk Coast. Led by Dr Johanna Wadsley & Richard Fair. Two further radio plays were produced in addition to the final documentary.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.soundingcoastalchange.org/events
 
Description 19. Sounding Coastal Change project launch week, July 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Sounding Coastal Change project launch week, July 2017: included the following events and workships:
1) 2-day sound recording workshops with Year 5 and Year 6 students of the Pilgrim Federation of CofE Primary Schools
2). °57'24.8"N x 0°59'13.6"E, site-specific sound installation, 2-8 July 2017 by Dr Lona Kozik, the Lookout at National Trust Information Centre, Morston Quay
3). 'Time & Tide', site-specific sound installation, 2-8 July 2017 by Richard Fair, installed in St.Nicholas' Church, Blakeney
4). Live performance event, St.Nicholas' Church, Blakeney, 7 July 2018 :
5). More Water in the Sea, sound & film installation by Dr Lona Kozik & PI Gair Dunlop
6). Blakeney is Beautiful, sound installation by Richard Fair, showcasing the work by the Year 5 & 6 students of the Pilgrim Federation
7). Norfolk Melodies for Piano & Voice, by Sam Richards, featuring Richards' Doggerland (for piano & voice)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.soundingcoastalchange.org/events
 
Description Broadcast for International Dawn Chorus Day May 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Broadcast for Dawn Chorus day from Cley marshes by PDRA Johanna Wadsley and Richard Fair. This activity was part of the activities for International Dawn Chorus Day (IDCD) May 2017. This event also formed part of the local Cley Calling Festival organised by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.soundingcoastalchange.org/sonicmap?id=19
 
Description Coastal Conversations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Coastal Conversations: roundtable discussion event with invited conversationalists and members of the public, Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes Visitors' Centre, 30 June 2018
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.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.soundingcoastalchange.org/events
 
Description Interactive Sonic Exhibition: Sounding Coastal Change 24-hour live online radio broadcast from Blakeney Quay, Norfolk, for World Listening Day, 17-18 July 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interactive Sonic Exhibition: Sounding Coastal Change 24-hour live online radio broadcast from Blakeney Quay, Norfolk, for World Listening Day, 17-18 July 2018. Executive producer, Richard Fair. 1,065 listeners Worldwide (excludes group hearings) , 236.74 listening hours. Content included (but not limited to):
1) Live roundtable discussion: the SCC team talks about different aspects of the project
2) Live roundtable discussion: chaired by Prof. Joe Smith, with project partners (National Trust, Norfolk Coast Partnership, Norfolk Wildlife Trust) and PI Revill, balancing human needs in a living landscape of immense ecological significance, in the context of increasing environmental change: how to create spaces of hope?
3). Live talk segments with school children, teachers, sound artists, and live reporting on workshop activities in the public engagement tent
4). First presentation of radio documentary by the Year 6 students of the Pilgrim Federation of CofE Primary Schools (Kelling, Blakeney, Walsingham & Hindringham), culmination of year-long collaboration
5). First presentation of radio ballad 'The Village, the Sea and the Turning Tide' by Sam Richards & Dr Lona Kozik, featuring interviews with local residents, sea shanties by local folk musicians, and digital sound art incorporating environmental sounds from Blakeney & Morston
6). Sound Arks produced through public engagement workshops, led by Dr Kim Hammond
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.soundingcoastalchange.org/events
 
Description Landscape, sound and listening' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk at Milton Keynes Gallery for World Listening Day 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.cityclubmk.org/media/documents/CC-Newspaper2-DIGITAL.pdf
 
Description Live Performance Event, 'Matters Arising....' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 16. Live Performance Event, 'Matters Arising ', St.Nicholas' Church, Blakeney, 2 June 2018. Composer Sam Richards. Large scale music performance involving 30+ musicians, singers & spoken word performers aged 11-80, digital sound art & film. Webstreamed live via Facebook.
Saturday 2 June, 14:00 - 16:00, St. Nicholas Church, Blakeney
Premier performance of new music by composer Sam Richards.
Featuring renowned vocal ensemble: Seraphim (Director, Vetta Wise)
'Matters Arising in Blakeney' is
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.soundingcoastalchange.org/events
 
Description Live performance event, St.Nicholas' Church, Blakeney, 7 July 2017: 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Live performance event, St.Nicholas' Church, Blakeney, 7 July 2017: included the following works created for the project by the project team, as follows:
1) More Water in the Sea, sound & film installation by Dr Lona Kozik & PI Gair Dunlop
2) Blakeney is Beautiful, sound installation by Richard Fair, showcasing the work by the Year 5 & 6 students of the Pilgrim Federation
3) Norfolk Melodies for Piano & Voice, by Sam Richards, featuring Richards' Doggerland (for piano & voice)

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
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.soundingcoastalchange.org/events
 
Description Public engagement workshops (sound arks, sonic mapping, message in a bottle): Northey Island 'Castaway', August 2018; Blakeney Quay in parallel with 24-hr live online radio broadcast, July 2017; Norfolk Wildlife Trust, May/June 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Trialling of sonic public engagement workshop activities including (sound arks, sonic mapping, message in a bottle) at National Trust, Northey Island 'Castaway', August 2018; and at Blakeney Quay in parallel with 24-hr live online radio broadcast, July 2017; These workshop techniques were initially trialled at Norfolk Wildlife Trust, May/June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2018
URL http://www.soundingcoastalchange.org/events
 
Description Sounding Coastal Change project launch week 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This week of events and installations formed the public launch for the project. Works made by the project showcased during the week included (1) Morston Quay Sound Installation - Lona Kozic; (2) Live performance at St Nicholas Parish Church Blakeney. Sound Installation - Richard Fair; (3) Doggerland - Sam Richards (4) Blakeney is Changing - Johanna Wadsley, Richard Fair, Gair Dunlop The Pilgrim Federation of Primary Schools; (5) More Water in the Sea - Lona Kozic, Gair Dunlop. Live performance at St Nicholas Church Blakeney.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.soundingcoastalchange.org/events
 
Description Speaking for the environment? Sounding Coastal Change in North Norfolk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Seminar to Geography students at University of Northampton
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018