LICA Seminar Series 2009: Richard Whitelaw

Date:4 March 2009
Time:4.30 pm

LICA Seminar Series 2009.

Speaker: Richard Whitelaw, Programme Director of Sonic Arts Network.

Venue: Lancaster University, IAS Meeting Room 1

Title: The Expo Festival

The Expo Festival

I am going to talk about Expo festival, which makes up a large body of my work here each year. Expo is the hub and playground of the experimental music and sound art scene in the UK and beyond. Free and open, the event mobilises a national network of artists and engages with communities from all backgrounds &; placing sonic art and the people who make it in direct contact with the public. Expo steps out from traditional venues and into spaces that lie at the heart of the community - inspiring practitioners and the public to reconsider their environments.

Annually relocating, the festival traverses the country. It disperses into the locality it arrives in, scattering events, happenings and sounds across the towns and cities it visits, joining together place, people and art. Work is drawn from a national call and the festival collaborates with local partners and highlights the work of local artists. In the spirit of open culture and accessibility the festival has developed a social community ethic amongst contributing artists and has encouraged creative approaches to the staging of new work. The festival aims to present serious, experimental and challenging work in a playful, open and inclusive context, encouraging the public, both local and national, to have direct experience of and access to the most radical and exciting sound work.

My talk will illustrate some of the ways that the festival works with artists, local producers, venues and a range of regional partners to deliver its work.

Who can attend:Anyone

Further Information

Organising departments and research centres:Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
  • Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA)
  • The LICA Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK