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About Torry Sound Project


Torry Sound Project is an Artist-in-Residency project hosted by sonADA (Sonic Arts Days in Aberdeen), a new sonic art festival in North East Scotland. As part of the programme at Seventeen, Aberdeen’s creative hub, this project offers an opportunity for an emerging sound artist based in North East Scotland to engage and communicate with the local area and people of Torry and create a site-specific new work.

In this Torry Sound Project we aim to re-discover and re-illuminate some of the unique characteristics of the area by working together with the selected sound artist and people in Torry. Torry is an area rich in history, with a distinctive geography. Connected to Aberdeen city centre via three bridges, Torry has had an equally strong relationship with the sea. For centuries people in Torry have engaged in many kinds of navigation. Recently new migrating communities have arrived, making their own sense of this connected yet detached place and mixing with others who have longer, more grounded histories and stories to tell of the area. How do these different narratives of place meet and how can we navigate them?

We are looking for an artist to think about the rich juxtapositions that Torry offers in an embodied way, approaching, through the medium of sound, the relationship with memory and place with the people of Torry and from within its landscapes. The fruits of this work, based on an Artist-in-Residency during a period of three months (50 hours of involvement altogether including a minimum of five days spent on site in Torry (hours/days negotiable)) will be realised through a physical performance and/or an exhibition planned to be held both in Torry and at Seventeen in October 2015.

• Offer a creative opportunity for an emerging sound artist based in North East Scotland
• Expand the sonADA programme, linking the festival with an especially interesting local area
• Build on the Seventeen programme locally
• Promote Aberdeen as a city for creating new work

30 Apr 2015: Official announcement/Open call for applications at sonADA Festival 2015
31 May 2015: Close applications
Mid June: Interviews held
30 Jun 2015: Announcement of the selected artists
Jul/Aug/Sep 2015: Artist-in-Residency period
Oct 2015: Performance/exhibition

Total Budget: £2,000. This is to cover:
• Artist fee
• Travel
• Accommodation
• Insurance
• Materials
• Production
• Presentation
• Artist talk/workshop fee

Seventeen (Aberdeen City Council)
SERG (Sound Emporium Research Group)
• University of Aberdeen (The North Theme; Lisa Collinson)
SCAN (Caroline Gausden)
Naoko Mabon (Independent Curator at WAGON)