Framework for Practice: Sonic Sculptures

A series of events situated around a structure turning Broadway Gallery into an instrument

Posted on 6th March 2024

Written by Near Now

Sonic Sculptures is a project led by visual artist/curator Ryan Boultbee, architectural designer/artist Will Harvey, and musician Tom Harris.

It is a common meeting ground of sound and material, lifting the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Event information


3–14 April 2024


Various times. See events schedule for details.


Broadway Gallery, 17 Heathcoat Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AF



Sonic Sculptures is a series of events which will turn Broadway Gallery into an instrument, hosting a programme of soundscapes and sonic experiences. Sonic Sculptures explores the intersections of material, space, and sound through an innovative Framework for Practice installation, captivating performances, and workshops.

The programme of performances and workshops will subvert participants’ expectations and associations with sound and materials, empower early-career creatives, and foster a vibrant community for future sonic exploration across disciplines.

Events schedule

See below for an overview of all Sonic Sculptures events taking place using the Framework for Practice structure in Broadway Gallery.

Sonic Sculptures events

Wed 3 April

  • Tom Harris performance
  • 6–8PM
  • FREE - Drop in, no ticket required
  • A live performance by artist/musician Tom Harris. Tom’s music is situated within the UK’s melting pot, influenced by garage and grime music, hiphop, electronica and jazz.
  • ​Event details:

Sat 6 April

  • Aja Ireland performance
  • 8–10PM
  • FREE - Drop in, no ticket required
  • An intense sonic performance by Aja Ireland using unsettling noise, industrial techno, synths and drums machines pushed through distortion. Expect to be challenged sonically and visually.
  • Event details:

Sun 7 April

  • Ableton Workshop with Aja Ireland
  • 11AM–3PM
  • FREE - Booking required
  • Learn experimental sound design with Aja Ireland, using music performance and production software Ableton. In this workshop you will create sample packs from household objects, get a break-down of Ableton plugins, and pick up sound design techniques.
  • Event details and tickets:

Wed 10 April

  • Draw With Sound with No Jobs in the Arts
  • 6–8PM
  • FREE - Drop in, no ticket required
  • A laid-back evening of hands-on, low-pressure, chill, collaborative activities delivered by an early-career creative and No Jobs in the Arts.
  • Event details:

Sat 13 April

  • Robert Mitchell performance
  • 1–3PM
  • FREE - Drop in, no ticket required
  • A performance by Robert Mitchell, an award-winning pianist, composer, key player, arranger, bandleader, teacher, poet.
  • Event details:

Sun 14 April

  • Tape Machine Workshop with Tom Harris
  • 11AM–3PM
  • FREE - Booking required
  • Explore the sonic possibilities of synthesisers and tape machines to create textures and process sounds, with Tom Harris. Discover techniques in making electronic and ambient music using analogue and digital techniques.
  • Event details and tickets:
Photo courtesy of Tom Harris

Photo courtesy of Tom Harris

About Framework for Practice

Framework for Practice is a project led by visual artist/curator Ryan Boultbee and architectural designer/artist Will Harvey.

The project utilises both the architectural and symbolic attributes of scaffolding to create a minimal-waste, flexible and adaptable framework which supports a wealth of creative research and exploration, and to enable the building, repair and restoration of culture and creativity.

Framework for Practice endeavours to critique, elevate, communicate, facilitate and support projects within Nottingham and Nottinghamshire that aim to provoke and promote positive and long-lasting cultural change.

Ryan Boultbee

Ryan Boultbee B.Arch MFA is a visual artist/curator in Nottingham, exploring the junction between Art & Architecture. He believes in creating new possibilities by inhabiting the world a little differently. Ryan is a Director at No Jobs in the Arts, and a leader of the Framework for Practice project.

Will Harvey

Will Harvey B.Arch M.Arch creates from the common ground of art, architecture, and graphic design; engaging these fields with criticality, playfulness, and optimism to face the challenging conditions of our contemporary society with a sense of hope. His work explores issues including community resilience, climate change & ecological breakdown, urban & rural conditions, edgelands, and spatial agency. He has worked for various architectural practices in the UK and Canada, has been involved with large-scale art fabrication and installation.

About the artists

Tom Harris

Thomas’s music is situated within the UK’s melting pot, influenced by garage and grime music, hiphop, electronica and Jazz. Thomas’s wholehearted embracing of fusion lends itself well towards working as an interdisciplinary artist, having had success scoring music for runways, creating soundscapes for exhibitions and collaborating with Movement artists.

Aja Ireland

Using unsettling noise, field recording manipulations and hardware, Aja Ireland’s industrial beats and distorted drone, combined with intense performances, challenge the audience by breaking down barriers and pushing limits sonically.

Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell is an award winning pianist, composer, key player, arranger, bandleader, teacher, and poet. He has released 13 albums, 2 poetry books and is a Steinway Artist. He has toured/performed/recorded with: Billy Harper, Courtney Pine, Phil Ranelin, Steve Coleman, Dayme Arocena, Michael Olatuja, and more. He is Piano Professor at Guildhall School, a Mentor/Task Force Member at Black Lives In Music, and is Published by Bucks Music Group Ltd. He leads Panacea, Epiphany3, and TRUE THINK.

No Jobs in the Arts

An organisation supporting early-career creatives in the visual arts, equipping them with skills, opportunities, and a platform to champion their voices. They programme disruptive cultural activity, from the Midlands, UK, creating professional development opportunities for early-career creatives, working in the visual arts. Their programme aims to address environmental issues, and to support those underrepresented in the sector. Through their public projects, they have put creatives in regional and national collections, such as The Tate’s Library and Wellcome Collection.


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