The Geraldine Connor Foundation, Museum of Water, Compass Festival and IVE present:

The Art of Sound Workshops.

Learn how to record and edit sound from the outside world alongside internationally acclaimed artists Amy Sharrocks and Tom Hackley.

Open for those aged 16-25 in Leeds and the surrounding areas, this is a rare opportunity to explore the creative possibilities of sound and learn new skills. Whether you are a budding sound designer, aspiring podcaster or just want to learn to listen more carefully, this workshop will give you the tools you need to create beautifully sounding audio and some artistic prompts to inspire you.

Meet like-minded people, learn from professional artists and develop your skills in this one-off opportunity to collaborate on the making of an artwork!

Across two workshops, Tom and Amy will encourage you to make your own field recordings with the chance to incorporate them into an amazing new artwork taking place at Compass Festival in March 2021. Details to be announced in November 2020.


Dates: Monday 16th November & Tuesday 17th November, 6pm-8pm.

Location: The workshops  take place in the recording studio of Leeds City College but this is subject to change, depending on COVID-19 guidance. We will be following social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

There are 12 places available for the workshops, and these will be first come, first served. Please register using the form below.

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Artist Profiles 

Amy Sharrocks

Amy Sharrocks’ work spans a decade of investigating people and water, years spent in careful observation, noticing the ways this extraordinary substance seeps through our experience. In large public artworks for hundreds of people and intimate one-to-ones, she has swum across London, dowsed the capital’s rivers and travelled across Britain inviting people to step off dry land. Continuously examining the architecture of a moment, Sharrocks’ work questions our systems and re-imagines the offer of cities. Since 2013 Museum of Water has been gathering with a chorus of voices, each drawing our attention to a different way of considering water.

Tom Hackley

Graduating from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a BA (Hons) degree in Theatre Sound, Tom has been designing sound for performance for over two decades. His sound work has been heard in UK theatres such as: National Theatre, E.N.O., Lyric & Hammersmith, Tricycle, Royal Court, Sadlers Wells, The Place, Queen's Theatre, Old Vic, Trafalgar Studios, Hampton Court, Arcola, Arts (Westend), Young Vic, Southwark Playhouse, Somerset House, Alexandra Palace, B.F.I., Snape Maltings Concert Hall and many more. 

Tom has also designed for many international touring dance, theatre and sonic art installations. He has a passion for immersive and interactive designs and has had multiple pieces selected for Prague Quadrennial and Oistat Scenofest. Tom's devotion for audio has seen him work worldwide on large scale live events, screen and radio production, installed sound systems, enveloping exhibitions and education for all ages. 


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