Coastal SoundLab: Sunderland with artist Rob Smith

15th-19th June 2024 10am-4pm

Join us at the Coastal SoundLab: Sunderland and reimagine our local landscape through sound and technology.

The Coastal SoundLab: Sunderland is a week of FREE events and workshops to explore sound in a changing landscape. Come and take part in guided sound walks, share stories of local history, hear the landscape in new ways and record sounds that can contribute to an artwork in the Fulwell Windmill Visitor Centre.

Fulwell sound mirror was constructed during the first world war to listen out for approaching Zeppelins that bombed the North East coast. Their large concrete dishes would reflect the sounds of a Zeppelin’s engines, and amplify them so that an operator could hear them coming and give an early warning to people in the towns.  

The Coastal SoundLab activities and events invite you to revisit these sound mirror sites. Through collecting environmental sounds, we ask how our environment is changing, what signals can we hear with the technologies we have now, and how these places are still active within the coastal environment of the North East today.

Click the links below to find out more and book your spot for our FREE public activities, sound walks and 3D modelling activities. 

11am – 12pm, Saturday 15 June 2024 – Sound Walk to Sunderland sound mirror Book HERE

2pm – 3pm, Saturday 15 June 2024 – Coastal Sound Lab: Deep Time Sound Walk Book HERE 

11am – 12pm, Sunday 16 June 2024 – Sound Walk to Sunderland sound mirror Book HERE

10am – 4pm, Sunday 16 June 2024 – Coastal Sound Lab: Sunderland 3D Shipwrecks Beneath the Waves!

2pm – 3.30pm, Sunday 16 June 2024 – Coastal Sound Lab: Soundmirror 3D modeling workshop with artist Rob Smith

11am – 12pm, Monday 17 June 2024 – Sound Walk to Sunderland sound mirror Book HERE

10am – 12pm, Wednesday 19 June 2024 – Coastal Sound Lab: Your Sound Stories

Coastal SoundLab: Sunderland is kindly hosted by Fulwell Windmill Trust and their volunteers. There will be opportunities to have a tour of this 19th century windmill throughout the day (and have a cup of tea and a slice of cake in their lovely cafe).

Coastal SoundLab: Sunderland is commissioned by CoLab Sunderland and Sunderland University as part of Seascapes: Tyne to Tees shores and seas,  supported by National Heritage Lottery Fund.

Event Details

Date: 15th June 2024

Cost: FREE


Fulwell Windmill, Newcastle Road, Sunderland, SR5 1QD

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Time: 10-4