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Solace: Nature Sound Recording Workshop at DC3

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Interested in creative technology and the outdoors?

Be part of Solace – an exciting, new and interactive installation touring The South Downs.

We are running family-friendly Nature Recording workshops for Solace at the DC3 Studio, Eastbourne to help capture sounds and video footage from the nearby rural, seaside setting.

What is it?

Solace is an interactive sound and video installation inspired by the Sussex Downs. It has been designed to get local families involved in more experimental art.

From summer 2019 to spring 2020, it will invite audiences to ask questions about our relationship with open and urban spaces, wellbeing and digital authenticity.

The work will be created by artists Karen Tilley and Kevin Grist and inspired by digital content captured by local people. The project includes several strands:

Nature recording workshops – families go into natural settings in Seaford, Ditchling and Eastbourne on the hunt for interesting sounds and videos, using digital software to record and manipulate.

Record your garden – local people are encouraged to record sounds and video from their own garden, and submit to us digitally.

Solace exhibitions – the installation will tour 3 public galleries, responding differently to each space interactively.

Artist talks – the artists and supporting technicians will hold a series of talks and CPD sessions to share learning about interactive design and engaging people with experimental art.

What happens in this workshop?

This 2 hour workshop runs from 10am – 12pm. You will get to explore the rural setting of Eastbourne seafront, taking sound recordings and video footage of the landscape and wildlife. Learn how to turn your mobile device into a field recorder and have a go at manipulating and experimenting with the content you have collected.

The work you create will feed into the interactive installation that will be exhibited at DC1 Art Gallery, Eastbourne, from 28 March – 8 April 2020.

The session will be informal with the emphasis on having fun. No need to have any previous experience – but do bring along your smart phone or tablet (charged), and wear suitable outdoor clothes and footwear.

We will provide all other equipment and refreshments.

Ideal for:

All ages and abilities – under 16’s to be accompanied by an adult.


Accessible toilet: Yes

Autism-friendly dedicated session: No

Car parking onsite: No, but available parking nearby

Disabled parking: No

Guide dogs welcomed: Yes

Hearing loop: No

Level access: Yes – although some terrain may be uneven

Wheelchair access: Yes

Wifi available: Yes


Adults £5.00

Under 16’s Free

Please pay on the day – cash or card accepted

How to book:

Booking in advance is advised – please email hello@sparkedecho.org to let us know you’re coming.

Got a question?

You can either send us an email to hello@sparkedecho.org or leave a us a voicemail on 01634 540787, and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

More info about the project is here: sparkedecho.org/solace

Who will be leading the workshops?

Kevin Grist, Sound Artist is co-founder and Director of SparkedEcho CIC. He is an experienced community musician and arts producer, focusing on music technology as a tool for live performance and composition. He has previously worked at Arts Council England, Musical Futures and AudioActive, and on projects with Glyndebourne Opera, BBC Radio 1 and Ideas Test. Kevin has a degree in Music Production, a PGCE and is a Trustee for Sound Sense, the UK body for community musicians.

Karen Tilley, Visual Artist will co-produce the Solace installation with Kevin, combining specialisms in video and sound. Karen is a visual artist working in a multi-discipline practice, which includes film, photography, audio and sculpture. She is currently resident on the ‘Arts DRIVA @ Fusebox’ programme in Brighton, run by Wired Sussex to develop practice in emerging technologies. Karen is also an experienced Arts Award advisor and teacher.

Who is Solace produced by?

Solace is produced by SparkedEcho CIC and is kindly supported with funding from Arts Council England and East Sussex Arts Partnership. Additional partner support will also be provided from Ditchling Museum of Art+Craft and East Sussex Arts Partnership.

Photo credit: Kevin Grist and Karen Tilley (2019)


March 7
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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