Unlocking Our Sound Heritage Artist-in-Residence

Photograph of a pair of over-the-ear headphones placed on top of an analogue mixing desk.

As part of the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH) project, the British Library is hosting an Artist-in Residence. The artist’s work will be inspired by the sound archives and open the collections to new audiences by collaborating with a chosen community organisation or charity working with adults or young people.

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If the history and diversity of sound fascinates you, and you would be interested in researching and bringing sound recordings to new audiences in innovative and engaging ways: we are keen to hear from you. We welcome your proposal on how you would respond to the sound collections to produce an outcome collaboratively with your chosen community organisation or charity.

The Artist-in-Residence will have the opportunity to:

  • Research and select material, inspired by the British Library’s sound collections
  • Bring new interpretations to the sound collections and present them in unique and exciting ways.
  • Shape and deliver a creative collaborative project with a community group or organisation

The UOSH residency is aimed at early career UK-based artists who have a proven experience of working on sound based projects in collaboration with community groups or members of the public.

Applications are now closed


About the project

Unlocking Our Sound Heritage is a nationwide project digitising at-risk sound recordings in order to make them more accessible and to preserve them for the future. It aims to raise awareness about audio heritage through the different national and regional partners, to increase participation and explore different ways of engaging wider audiences, with the many stories and hidden histories that can be heard and experienced through the power of voices, music, memories and the sound of the natural world.

Unlocking Our Sound Heritage is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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