Abbotsbury spring sound walk and audio editing workshop

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Saturday 26th April 10am – 4pm [walk]
and Sunday 27th April 10am – 4pm [optional audio editing workshop]

As part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership, DIVA contemporary (Bridport) are running a series of Seasonal Sound Walks on the Ridgeway, followed by an optional sound editing workshop.

Sign up and join DIVAcontemporary associate artists Mandy Rathbone and David Rogers on a 3.5mile circular walk. The walk will include the Neolithic and Bronze Age sites, ‘The Grey Mare and her Colts’ and Kingston Russell Stone Circle. :: more

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SPUD The Observatory :: competition winner

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The winning design by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, London and Devon based artist Edward Crumpton.

Mark Drury of SPUD said: “we’ve been overwhelmed with the high quality of entries received for the competition and making a decision was incredibly tough. We are delighted with the winning design and look forward to developing The Observatory with such a young, enthusiastic and energetic team of designers.”

DIVAcontemporary wish SPUD and the winning team success with The Observatory project and look forward to working with them when it is sited in West Dorset.

http://www.lookinlookout.org/#!winningdesign/czk8

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open studio :: SPUD the Observatory a great success

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Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd March, DIVAcontemporary’s first open studio of 2014 attracted nearly 100 visitors to the SPUD ‘The Observatory’ competition entries exhibition. 20 short listed proposals for an artist’s living/working space to be toured around 4 sites were presented in The Salt House, West Bay. This exhibition gave the public the opportunity to comment on and vote for their favourite 3 entries. :: more

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Marc Yeats :: Sound and Music’s Composer Curator Scheme

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DIVAcontemporary associate artist and Chair, Marc Yeats has been selected to be a 2014-15 Composer Curator with Sound and Music’s Composer Curator Scheme. Along with generous support from Arts Council England Lottery Funds and Sound and Music’s Composer Curator Scheme, Marc, in partnership with DIVAcontemporary is presenting Sonic Coast Live Concert Series. The concert series is the creation of a new, vibrant platform to support the performance of exciting and innovative contemporary classical music by brilliant but lesser known UK and international living composers in rural Dorset where audiences have little opportunity to experience new music away from the major cities. Marc will curate five concerts that will present this fantastic music with the very best young contemporary classical specialist performers encouraging new, enthusiastic audiences for contemporary music as well as further maximising national and international impact and reach for the composers and performers through DIVAcontemporary internet radio, podcast and video distribution.

More details regarding concert dates and venues, performing artists, composers and programming opportunities will be announced through our website and social media platforms soon :: more

More information about Sound and Music’s Composer Curator Scheme here: Link

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open studio 2014 :: The Observatory competition entries in the Salt House, West Bay, Dorset.

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The Salt House, West Bay :: Saturday 22 March 10 – 5pm (only)

DIVAcontemporary Studio is pleased to host The Observatory Design Competition Exhibition from SPUD at The Salt House, West Bay. The exhibition showcases the long-list of designs for The Observatory structure, which have been created through collaborations between teams of architects, artists, engineers and students from around the UK and internationally.

The exhibition will tour the following venues, with the support of SPUD’s project partners, throughout March 2014 and will allow the public the opportunity to express their views about the proposed designs.

Exhibtion Venues:

The Courtyard, Winchester Guildhall
Monday 3 March (from 12 noon) to Friday 7 March

Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington
Monday 10 March (from 12 noon) to Friday 14 March

Salt House, West Bay, Dorset
Saturday 22 March 10 – 5pm (only) (hosted by DIVAcontemporary) :: more

Tamar Valley Centre, Gunnislake, Cornwall
Monday 24 March (from 12 noon) to Friday 28 March (hosted by River Tamar Project)

The Observatory structure will enable 12 artists to undertake close investigation covering geology, geography, heritage, social history, nature and environment, leading to interpretation and a richer perception of place that will be shared with visitors. The winning design will be announced in April 2014.

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Nigel Slight at The Wiener Library London

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DIVAcontemporary associate artist Nigel Slight’s ‘K’tuvim’ included in The Wiener Library International Book Art Competition 2014. The competition attracted over 80 entries from 13 different countries, a selection of which are displayed in the Wolfson Reading Room until 17 April 2014. :: more

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Joe Stevens on Mute Sounds ’1 minute autohypnosis’ project

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Pedro Bericat at Mute Sounds has asked DIVAcontemporary co-director and associate artist Joe Stevens to contribute to their ’1 minute autohypnosis’ project. Wind power turbines at Portland harbour. Can be found on CD 21, track 10.

link: http://www.51degreesnorth.net/joe/1-minute-autohypnosis-project/

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Portesham winter sound walk

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Join artists Mandy Rathbone and David Rogers on a 3.5 mile circular walk via Hardy’s monument and Portesham, collecting sounds of the landscape.

Saturday 15th March 10am – 4pm [walk]
Meeting at 10am in The King’s Arms, Portesham [TBC] – for an introduction to the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership project, the walk, sound recording and a cup of tea or coffee.

The Walk will begin at 10.45am. The day will end back in The King’s Arms [TBC] at 4pm.

Sunday 16th March 10am – 4pm [sound editing]
Meeting at 10am at DIVAcontemporary Studio in Bridport, for an introduction to sound editing and the world of ‘field recording’. There will be the opportunity to edit sounds
from the previous day’s walk and add them to the global soundmap aporee maps.
Connecting your sound recordings to the places walked.

link to RIDGEWAYsounds

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Sounds of the Neolithic with Sir John Colfox School students

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links to documentation – soundcloud – aporee maps :: more

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Listening walk and audio editing workshop

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As part of events to mark Climate Week 2014, DIVA contemporary (Bridport) will be running a Listening Walk around Langdon Hill, Chideock on Friday 7th March.

Starting at 10am from Langdon Hill car park, Mandy Rathbone and David Rogers will lead a participatory ‘soundwalk’ around Langdon Hill. There will be opportunity to record ‘collect’ sounds that you find interesting, characteristic, out of place or even beautiful.  Professional sound recording equipment and advice will be provided.  As the walk is quite short (less than 1.5 miles), there will be time to linger and experience the environment audibly as well as visually.

From 2 till 4 p.m. DIVA contemporary artists will then lead an afternoon workshop, at DIVA’s studio in central Bridport, introducing the participants to simple sound editing and uploading to the radio aporee maps projects.

This is a great opportunity to experience the world of field recording and sound editing, working with experienced and enthusiastic sound artists.

Places on this walk/workshop are limited so email admin@divacontemporary.org.uk to book your place now. :: more

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