What’s On :: What’s Gone



The Museum of ecoacoustic Phenomena

Adrian Newton • Ambrose Seddon • Marcus Leadley • David Rogers
Bournemouth Natural Science Society Museum
Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May 10am – 4pm

Museums are traditionally places of silence. Artefacts displayed in glass cases become objects solely of visual contemplation, even though sound is a central feature
of our culture and society. To tell the story of modern science, we therefore need to make more of a noise.

To achieve this, we focus on ecoacoustics, an emerging interdisciplinary field that explores the sounds made by species in human-modified and pristine environments. Ecoacoustics also lies at the interface of art and science, providing insights into how we humans are modifying the world around us, and raising awareness of our role in environmental change :: more


Experimental video and sound by Home Education Student Poppy Moores
Thursday 28th March 2019
DIVAcontemporary STUDIO between 4 – 7pm



young creative media group experiments in VR workshops.

Thursday 5th – 19th July [10.30am – 4.30pm]
at DIVAcontemporary STUDIO


sounding shore :: coast to coast – wireless headphone concert programme

Whitstable Biennale 2018
Saturday 2th June 11am-7pm on the beach near Keams Yard

sounding shore :: coast to coast is curated and facilitated by Marcus Leadley, David Rogers and Adrian Newton. It’s been a feature of the Whitstable Biennale since 2010. The event is again being produced as a collaboration with Goldsmiths, University of London and DIVA Contemporary Studio.

Expect underwater sounds, home made instruments, the music of broken things, hidden sounds, elemental interactions and grand gestures…

Channel 1 :: LIVE Performance on the Beach

Channel 2 :: RECORDED works

Programme details including list of artists/performers and recorded work.


DIVAcontemporary associate artists ivon oates and David Rogers will be presenting their audio work ‘PLASTIC :: OCEAN’ at the screening of ‘A Plastic Ocean’ by Craig Leeson, a Transition Town Bridport event during Green Fortnight.

Bridport Town Hall, Sunday 22nd April from 7pm (screening starts 7.30pm).
Tickets £4.50 in advance from TIC or £5 on the door.

Transition Town Bridport
Green Fortnight – 14 April – 28 April
This year our theme will be Plastics, focusing on the wasted resources, land fill, reducing fossil fuels and the pollution of air and sea. This ties in with last year’s theme as local food has less plastic packaging. If you would like to be involved or have ideas please email us. Please click here for more information


young creative media group ‘sounds HEXperimental’ audio workshops.

Bandcamp download available here:

Thursday 22nd Feb – 22nd March [10.30am – 4.30pm]
at DIVAcontemporary STUDIO


young creative media group ‘black & white’ video workshops.

Thursday 1st Jan – 8th Feb [10.30am – 4.30pm]
at DIVAcontemporary STUDIO
Link to DIVAcontemporary STUDIO vimeo.



young creative media group ‘storyville’ video workshops.

Thursday 9th – 30th [10.30am – 4.30pm]
at DIVAcontemporary STUDIO
Link to DIVAcontemporary STUDIO vimeo.

Sound :: Lost and Found
Being Human Festival 2017

Saturday 18th November 10am – 7pm
Salt House West Bay Dorset

10 – 10.30am introduction to the project
10.30am – 3pm circular walk to Bridport and back (with a break for lunch)
3 – 5pm sound preparation
6 – 7pm performance

Sound walks led by Dr Marcus Leadley, Goldsmiths University and James Bulley (London), Professor Adrian Newton, Bournemouth University and David Rogers (Dorset).

Performance CD Download: https://divacontemporary.bandcamp.com/album/sound-lost-and-found-symphony

An encounter with environment that’s focused on sound and listening. Participants will need to be at the Salt House in West Bay, Dorset for 10am. After an introductory session we will undertake a circular walk from West Bay to Bridport and back. Specialist field recording equipment will be provided and you’ll be asked to seek out ‘lost’ and ‘hidden’ sounds – from inside objects, underwater sounds and electromagnetic sounds. Following an afternoon workshop session, which will focus on sound preparation, you will use your recordings to help realise the Lost and Found Symphony, a soundscape composition to be produced during a live, improvised performance at 6.pm at the Salt House :: more


further details email info@divacontemporary.org.uk
or telephone: 01308 459071


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The Forest of Plasticity (Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Fringe)
Saturday 28th October Alum Chine Beach
Welcome to the Forest of Plasticity, a place of transformation and mutability. Where sound is plastic and plastic is sound. Sound art and experimental music by local and international artistes, exploring sonic responses to plastic pollution. Featuring kinetic sculptures of ocean detritus sourced from Dorset beaches. Headphone concert and live performance.


La résidence IDEAL :: 15th September – 30th November
International research residency art connexion Lille Fr. and DIVAcontemporary STUDIO. :: more


Young Creatives on Portland :: 31st August – 28th September
b-side have invited DIVAcontemporary STUDIO and associate artist David Rogers to the Isle of Portland to work with a group of ‘home school’ creatives. Using Portland as their subject the group will explore, discover and then create their own film inspired by Portland.

Come and experience the outcomes of their four week project and see what Portland has inspired this time!

24th October – 28th October
12:00pm – 5:00pm
77 Fortuneswell


Résidence de recherche Cindy Lelu :: 26th August – 9th September
International research residency art connexion Lille Fr. and DIVAcontemporary STUDIO. :: more


World Listening Day soundwalk 20th July :: ‘Listening to the Ground’ 10.30am – 4.30pm

10.30am – 1pm :: local walk with recording equipment
(shotgun, contact and hydro mics).

2pm – 4.30pm :: sound editing workshop
(upload sounds to aporee maps website)

“Sometimes we walk on the ground, sometimes on sidewalks or asphalt, or other surfaces. Can we find ground to walk on and can we listen for the sound or sounds of ground? Are we losing ground? Can we find new ground by listening for it?”
Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)

In addition to this year’s theme, WLD 2017 reflects and honors the life and legacy of Pauline Oliveros, who died at age 84 on 26 November 2016.

Dozens of organizations and thousands of people from six continents have participated in World Listening Day since its inception in 2010.

portland bill JSregularJOE
Friday 7th [7-9pm :: invite]
and Saturday 8th July [12noon-5pm :: open to the public]

b-side, Outpost, 77 Fortuneswell
Isle of Portland, DT5 1LY
‘regularJOE’  – an opportunity to see a selection of early video/animations made by Joe Stevens :: more


Sound + Environment :: 29th June – 2nd July
University of Hull
Associate artist Marcus Leadley will be delivering a paper and collaborating with David Rogers on another ‘silent listening event’ – sounding shore :: sonic coast.

Sound + Environment 2017 is a four day conference bringing together artists and scientists to explore the ways that sound can deepen our understanding of environments. For example, recent developments in the field of ecoacoustics are proving fruitful in assessing ecosystem change. Sound is also increasingly used to monitor built structures and to inform urban design. We can use sound for scientific and artistic exploration, to inform and expand our knowledge of environments and our relationships to the world around us :: more

young creatives ‘FREEFORM’
video workshops.

Thursday 15th and 22nd
[10.30am – 4.30pm]

at DIVAcontemporary STUDIO

Link to DIVAcontemporary STUDIO vimeo.


Dance Factory Film
Three members of the ‘young creatives’ media group worked with the STUDIO to produce a promotional film for the Dance Factory, Yeovil. The film will be screened at the ‘Dance Infinity’ event Octagon Theatre on Saturday 1st July.

Link to DIVAcontemporary STUDIO vimeo.

dawn at crepe‘SoundCamp’
Saturday 6th May [3.30-6.30pm]
Live performances in response to the dawn chorus from around the world.
Sunday 7th May [5am-1pm]
‘SoundCamp’ is a series of outdoor listening events on International Dawn Chorus Day, linked by Reveil: a 24 hour broadcast of the sounds of daybreak, relayed live by audio streamers around the globe :: more

Reveil broadcast: 05.00 on 6th May – 06.00 UTC+1 on 7 May 2017

young creatives ‘Documentary/Mockumentary’ video workshops.

Thursdays 4th-11th-18th-25th May
[10.30am – 4.30pm]

at DIVAcontemporary STUDIO


jbergerOPEN CALL [CLOSED] for responses to Berger :: ‘ways of remembering’
Saturday 22nd April [2-5pm]
at DIVAcontemporary STUDIO
A collaborative project between associate artists Eva Fahle-Clouts,
David Rogers and Nigel Slight. :: more


young creatives ‘audio/video installation’ workshops.
Thursdays 16th-23rd-30th-6th March/April
[10.30am – 4.30pm]

young creatives :: open studio [Thursday 6th April 4 – 7pm] an opportunity to come and see/hear the work produced by the ‘group’ during the recent workshops.
at DIVAcontemporary STUDIO :: more


audio1young creatives ‘audio drama’ workshops.
Thursdays 2nd-9th-16th-23rd February
[10.30am – 4.30pm]

at DIVAcontemporary STUDIO :: more



farringdon1South Winterbourne Journey
Saturday 28th January 2017
2.30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Martinstown Village Hall (Martinstown, DT2 9JU) a free event showcasing the results of the South Winterbourne Journey Arts Project. Tea, coffee and cake available.

Link to audio / video content and documentation :: more

2.30 pm :: Doors open
2.45 – 3.00 pm :: The South Winterbourne Journey – (Film)
3.00 – 3.15 pm :: Steve Wallis, DCC Archaeologist
3.30 – 3.45 pm :: Chris Slade, Creative Writing Workshop participant
4.00 – 4.15 pm :: Jacob Dew, Dorset Wildlife Trust
4.30 – 5.00 pm :: Dr Alan Chedzoy presenting some dialect poems
5.00 – 5.15 pm :: Marc Yeats, SATSYMPH, introduction to the Land, Bone and Stone apps.






DIVAcontemporary STUDIO and associate artists’ 2016 review [28page – 13.3mb .pdf] click here to download.

Highlights include: DADA nights, a celebration of 100 years of DADA – sonic coast :: sounding shore at the Whitstable Biennale – SOUND : MUSIC : ROBOT in West Bay – South Winterbourne Journey creative writing workshop – Young creatives audio video workshops.

November – December

filming1young creatives ‘video’ workshops
Thursdays 24[Nov]-1-8-15 December [10.30am – 4.30pm]

at DIVAcontemporary STUDIO :: more



Listerner4sonic coast :: sounding shore
Whitstable Biennale – Satellite – 2016 on the Beach in front of Keems Yard
Saturday 4 June 11am till 5pm

A satellite regular since 2010 (coast to coast :: sounding shore) Marcus Leadley will once again be collaborating with David Rogers and Mandy Rathbone, installing his headphone listening system on the beach in front of Keems Yard. While the coastal themes of previous years are retained, this year sees a focus on ‘live performance’ rather than recorded sound. As well as performing Marcus, David and Mandy will be curating a programme of live ‘silent’ sound-art where the practitioners have been asked to respond to the local environment in diverse, entertaining and thought provoking ways.

Expect underwater sounds, home made instruments, the music of broken things, hidden sounds, elemental interactions and grand gestures… :: more

Link to 2016 programme

Link to download from 2014 – coast to coast :: Dorset to Whitstable https://divacontemporary.bandcamp.com/album/coast-to-coast-dorset-to-whitstable


tent picSunday 1st May 5am-1pm
‘SoundCamp’ is a series of outdoor listening events on International Dawn Chorus Day, linked by Reveil: a 24 hour broadcast of the sounds of daybreak, relayed live by audio streamers around the globe.

Reveil broadcast: 05.00 on 30 Apr – 06.00 UTC+1 on 1 May 2016

Further details about ‘SoundCamp’.


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Further details https://divacontemporary.org.uk/visual/dada-night/



studio and associate artists’ 2015 review [16page – 5.1mb .pdf]
click here to download.
or read online: http://issuu.com/www.divacontemporary.org.uk/docs/studio_review_2015


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studio and associate artists’ 2014 review [16page – 12.7mb .pdf]
click here to download.
or read online: http://issuu.com/www.divacontemporary.org.uk/docs/studio-review-of-2014

Listen1cover150mm copyExperimental video, sound and performance make up the final ‘open studio’ event of 2014, when electricbackroom take over the studio for a day with countertext14, complementing The Bridport Literary Festival. Two contemporary classical concerts bring new music to the region.  Associate artists Mandy Rathbone and Victoria Pirie lead this year’s final soundwalk. The second internet CD release includes a new track from Zenpho with two ‘sounds’ from the archive and look out for the 2014 studio review. Nov | Dec | Jan

west-bay-wintercoast to coast sound walk in Bournemouth, contemporary classical music in Lyme Regis and on Portland plus open studios in Bridport. The studio continues to bring exciting, interesting events and workshops to the area. Watch out for the launch of the studio’s online music store on Bandcamp.
Please note: September is arts festival month – b-side festival – Bristol Biennial
Inside Out – Lyme Arts Festival – Bournemouth Arts By The Sea. Aug | Sept | Oct

dungeness-1jun14Seasonal sound walks, open studios and unique contemporary classical music concerts, our summer programme continues to bring new and exciting events to the West Country. July’s SONIC COAST [1] concert at Hooke Park is the first of five contemporary classical music events. Supported by Arts Council England Lottery Fund & Sound and Music’s Composer Curator Scheme. August sees the studio taking part in Bridport Open Studios weekend, with a curated programme of coast to coast field recordings. June | July | August

Marcus-and-davidHighlights of the spring/summer 2014 programme: Marcus Leadley and David Rogers have curated a wireless headphone installation on the beach for this year’s Whitstable Biennale Satellite Programme. Including sound works by Mandy Rathbone, Joe Stevens, ivon oates, Victoria and Isabel Pirie. July sees the first of five concerts of newly composed works for the SONIC COAST series of concerts. SONIC COAST [1] will be held in the Big Shed at the Architectural Associations Hooke Park School. Further concerts are planned for The Hub in Lyme Regis (August) and The Drill Hall (October) on Portland. Sound and Music’s Composer Curator Scheme supported by Arts Council England Lottery Fund & West Dorset District Council. May | June | July

portspring1The first spring walks in Abbotsbury [April] and Portesham [May] will be following new routes. Coming up in June, open studio :: sounds of the Neolithic with students from Sir John Colfox School and in July SONIC COAST the first of five contemporary new music concerts. Supported by Arts Council England Lottery Fund & Sound and Music’s Composer Curator Scheme.
March | April | May

OBSpix1The new date for the Portesham winter seasonal sound walk is now 15th March with the first spring walk in Abbotsbury on 26th April. Highlights for March are The Observatory competition entries at The Salt House, West Bay, our first open studio in 2014.  And a podcast from art connexion in Lille Fr.
March | April

winter walk 1Highlights for the first three months of 2014 are the continuation of RIDGEWAYsounds ‘seasonal sound walks’ and the addition of ‘sounds of the neolithic’ with students from Colfox School, Bridport. Also associate artist Joe Stevens, [Digital Works, London], mounts an intriguing exhibition about our ‘FREE TIME’ past and present at Dorset County Museum, Dorchester in February. Jan | Feb | March



click here to download 44page – 8.3mb .pdf
or read online: http://issuu.com/www.divacontemporary.org.uk/docs/annual-review-v2


click here to download 14page – 1.4mb .pdf
or read online: http://issuu.com/www.divacontemporary.org.uk/docs/associate_artists2013

LongbarrowTreeOctober sees the start of RIDGEWAYsounds a South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership and Dorset AONB programme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 
September | October | November

stonespeakerfollowing on from the launch of ‘coast to coast’ WLD soundwalk and podcast the studio is hosting two days of ‘land art’ audio experiments ‘open studio 7’, over the August Bank Holiday weekend, with metamedia. July | August

TiaHeadthe studio launched ‘coast to coast’ studio events this Summer, with a participatory ‘soundwalk’ celebrating World Listening Day – Whitstable to West Bay [Thursday 18th July]. ‘open studio 6’ featured a sound work by Duncan Whitley and work by Charlotte Loving. May | June | July

410-300x300the studio launched DIVAcontemporary Radio on Spreaker, celebrating World Radio Day [Wednesday 13th February]. and metamedia celebrated 100 years of the ‘art of noise’ futurist manifesto. ‘open studio 5’ was a two day presentation of Eva Fahle-Clouts Oder/Main Tische. February | March | April


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