Press Release

26 April 2012

A new Sound-Art exhibition, part of the Sounds New Festival, will open at the Sidney Cooper Gallery this week with an opening performance of sonic art work. The exhibition features an exciting mix of headphone installations and surround sound pieces.

Open Ear: 2012 is built from the sounds of Ramsgate and New York, showcasing pieces that aim to amplify or elongate the characteristics of traditional musical instruments. It will feature audio and audio-visual art, showcasing that the diversity of practice is fundamental to Sound Art.

Hazel Stone, Curator for the Sidney Cooper Gallery, said: “'Open Ear 2012 leads you through the gallery spaces via a captivating series of moving image works and intimate headphone pieces. Drawn together in a common theme of nesting in sound, the works on display are a testament to the development of sound as installation.”

Celebrating listening as a creative act, Open Ear: 2012 features works by students from five art courses at the University, including BA Creative Music Technology and BA Music Production.

The exhibition also features performances from two world-leading artists in the field, including Janek Schaefer who will perform with his ‘Local Radio Orchestra’ in a private view, whilst David Toop will discuss issues surrounding the practice of sonic art on Friday 4th May at 3pm.

Open Ear: 2012 has been curated by Matt Wright, Programme Director and BA Creative Music Technology Module Leader for Sound Art at Canterbury Christ Church University.

There is also a performance by BA Creative Music Technology and BA Dance Education students who collaborate on ‘Salvage’ a meditative performance based on sounds created by John Newman at 4pm.

Open Ear: 2012 will be open to the public from Friday 27 April 2012 – Friday 4 May 2012.

For more information on the exhibition, contact 01227 453267, email or log on to

The Sidney Cooper Gallery, St Peter’s Street, Canterbury, CT1 2BQ is open Tuesday to Friday from10.30am – 5pm, Saturday 11.30am to 5pm and is closed Sundays and Mondays. Admission is free and disabled access is available. 


Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • In 2012 we will celebrate our Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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