This new sound installation, created uniquely for Stockton, looks at the town through ten viewpoints. Coming out of lockdown, the piece highlights both the hidden and distinctive sounds of places where communities gather. Through a series of interviews individuals reflect on being in the town, and the connections or barriers of communication to other people living alongside them.

Sound recordings have been built from multiple sites, including the Georgian Theatre, Farooq E Azam Mosque and Islamic Centre, the Golden Smog public house, the North East Migration Project at Newtown Community Centre and more.

Each recording is layered and replayed, the order is composed and driven by variables such as local weather data, traffic data and time of day so that a new and unique score emerges over time, driven by real world environmental conditions, creating evolving perspectives of the town.

Using ten directional speakers, sound bounces off surfaces in public spaces around ARC, creating sound bubbles. Audiences are invited to discover, listen and drift within these soundscapes. No one experience will be the same!

Whether you’re stopping by for a coffee, attending an event or screening, or visiting particularly to hear the installation, this is an opportunity to hear the sounds of Stockton in a way you haven’t experienced before.


Made in collaboration with Patricia Verity Suarez, Stevie Price, Phil Bolton, Chris Cobain, Richard Drake, Sahd Ahmed, Alireza Soleimani, Gladys Obale.

Recording locations include Mosque Farooq E Azam Mosque & Islamic Centre, ARC, Holy Trinity Green, Under the Council of Europe Boulevard Bridge, Hope & Union, High Street, Kopper Keg, River Tees, Golden Smog, Georgian Theatre, Drake Bookshop, Newtown Community Centre, North East Migration Project and Locomotion no.1.

Illustration by Lizzie Lovejoy


This is one of 40 new projects taking place in and around 40 arts centres as part of Here and Now, a national and local celebration of culture within communities. Supported by Arts Council England and Future Arts Centres, marking the National Lottery’s 25th birthday.

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