Soundlands Open Call 2015

Commission for Sound Artists

Commission opportunity with Soundlands

Soundlands is offering an opportunity for sound artists to create a new sound artwork.

Two successful artists will be selected to create an installation or performance for the city of Bangor, North Wales, and Cwm Idwal, Snowdonia. The works may be original or re-worked for the new context but must not have been previously shown in Wales in any form. They will be shown between June and July 2015.

Deadline for submission of concepts: 13 February 2015

Cwm Idwal


Cwm Idwal, Snowdonia | © Michal Tekel

Cwm Idwal is a spectacular valley surrounded by some of the highest peaks and the most dramatic scenery in Snowdonia. It is a natural ice-sculpted amphitheatre filled with the cool waters of Llyn Idwal.

The cultural significance of the valley is exemplified in the fabled origins of its name, named in memory of Idwal, son of one of the ancient Princes of Gwynedd who according to legend, drowned in the lake.

Famous for its rock formations and its rare and fragile plant life, Cwm Idwal was Wales’ first National Nature Reserve and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.


Bangor High Stree

Bangor High Street

Bangor is an historic cathedral and university city full of character – a small coastal city with stunning panoramic views of the Menai Straits which can be enjoyed from Wales second longest pier. The cathedral has ancient roots and can be traced back to the 6th century. Its name derives from the wattle wall that was built around the religious site by Saint Deiniol. The University was founded as a direct result of a campaign in the late nineteenth century for higher education provision in Wales. An important feature of its foundation was the voluntary contributions made by local people, including farmers and quarrymen.

Bangor’s small population of seventeen thousand is seasonally swelled by over ten thousand university students. A retail sector is based in the city centre and the large housing estate of Maesgeirchen lies to the east. Ysbyty Gwyedd hospital an the Menai Suspension Bridge are notable landmarks on the outskirts of the city.

Financial Support and Resources

  • Three concept proposals will be shortlisted for each commission with each shortlisted artist receiving a fee of £100 as contribution towards further development of their proposals.
  • Two successful artists will each receive a commission fee of £1,000 with an additional budget available for design, production, materials, performance/installation costs and agreed expenses.
  • Production support will be provided by Soundlands.


  • Deadline for initial proposals 13th February 2015
  • Short-list announced: 27th February 2015
  • Deadline for developed proposals: 7th April 2015
  • Finalist announced: 17th April 2015
  • Installation: 19th June – 31th July 2015


Soundlands will document the creative process, production, installation and performance. Selected artists will agree to cooperate with this process and will be encouraged to actively participate in it.


There will be two commissions, one in Bangor and the other in Cwm Idwal. The precise location of the final installations or performances will be agreed between the artist and Soundlands taking into account artistic and practical considerations. Additional considerations for each location include:

Bangor Commission

  • The artwork must be located in Bangor, North Wales.
  • The artwork must be located in a public space with high footfall.
  • The artwork must not require continuous supervision or invigilation (if an installation-type proposal).

Cwm Idwal Commission

  • The artwork must be located in Cwm Idwal, Snowdonia.
  • The artwork must not make any permanent change to the landscape or adversely affect local ecology.
  • The artwork must not require continuous supervision or invigilation (if an installation-type proposal).


This opportunity is suitable for an artist:

  • whose work engages with any form of sound art
  • who has an interest in site-specific work
  • who has an interest in collaborating with Soundlands
  • who has an interest in enhancing public engagement in public places through sound artworks


  • You must be available to create, develop and install / perform the artwork during the period April – July 2015.
  • You must not be a paid staff member of Datrys (Cwmni Datrys Cyf.), Soundlands, Bangor Sound City, National Trust, Snowdonia National Park Authority or Natural Resources Wales.


  • Installation of artwork late June 2015, remaining in situ for one month minimum.
  • Performance to take place late June 2015, with number of performances to be discussed.

How to apply

To apply please by send the following:

  • Your name, address, mobile number + phone number (including country code if outside the UK) and email address.
  • Your CV and worklist
  • A biography of no more than 100 words.
  • A proposal (two sides A4 or 1000 words maximum) showing:
  • the work you would like to create as part of the commission
  • how it will relate to its surroundings
  • how audiences will experience the work
  • Examples of your previous work. Please DO NOT send audio or visual files.
  • You may provide clear & direct website links e.g. Soundcloud, Vimeo, your own website.
There is no submission fee. Send to either:
  •  (please type ‘BANGOR COMMISSION’ or ‘CWM IDWAL COMMISSION’ in the subject box).
  • post: Soundlands Opportunity, Ciafaic, Watling Street, Llanrwst, LL26 0LS, Wales  (please write ‘BANGOR COMMISSION’ or ‘CWM IDWAL COMMISSION’ clearly on the envelope).

Further Information

For further enquiries, please contact Sioned Davies:   |   +44 (0)1492 642291

Please note: We are initially requesting concept proposals, this means details and budgets are not required at this stage of the application.

About Soundlands

Soundlands is a not-for-profit project aiming to make positive contributions to the environs through the sound arts. Previous events include ‘Piano Transplants’ by Annea Lockwood (USA), ‘Singing Menai Bridge’ by Jodi Rose (Australia) and ‘Toriad’ by Manuel Rocha Iturbide (Mexico).


Soundlands is funded by Arts Council of Wales. Soundlands commission for Cwm Idwal is made in partnership with Cwm Idwal Partnership. Cwm Idwal photo used with kind permission by Michal Tekel – UK National Parks’ Winning Landscapes Photo Competition Winner.