Sonic Sculptures 2

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

Posted on 19th June 2024

Written by Near Now

Sonic Sculptures returns to Broadway Gallery from 18–21 July 2024 with a new programme of soundscapes and sonic experiences.

Event Information


18–21 July 2024


Various times. See events schedule for details.


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



Sonic Sculptures is led by visual artist/curator Ryan Boultbee, architectural design studio FROMTHEGROUNDUP (FTGU) and musician Tom Harris.

The series of events will turn Broadway Gallery into an instrument, hosting 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.

Credit: Will Harvey / FROMTHEGROUNDUP. Sonic Sculptures 2, Broadway Gallery / Heathcoat Street Internal Perspective NTS 28.06.2024

Credit: Will Harvey / FROMTHEGROUNDUP. Sonic Sculptures 2, Broadway Gallery / Heathcoat Street Internal Perspective NTS 28.06.2024

Events schedule

See below for an overview of all Sonic Sculptures events taking place at Broadway.

Individual events pages coming soon at

Sonic Sculptures events

Thurs 18 July

  • Joe Egan performance
  • 7–9PM
  • FREE - Drop in, no ticket required
  • A live performance by Joe Egan, a guitarist, improviser and composer based in Nottingham.

Fri 19 July

  • Ableton Workshop with AJA Ireland
  • 11AM–3PM (in the Studio at Broadway)
  • £10. Booking required.
  • Tickets:
  • 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.

Fri 19 July

  • Surreal Estate curated DJs
  • 6–11PM
  • FREE - Drop in, no ticket required
  • A lineup of DJs curated by Notts' Surreal Estate (@surreal0115) who create events to push forward-thinking dance music, art and film in Nottingham.
  • Featuring: Another Place, Outsider, Angel of Origin, Chloe, Fuzzy Dunlop

Sat 20 July

  • Sophie Huckfield: Lady Ludd
  • 4PM–5:30PM
  • FREE - Drop in, no ticket required
  • A work-in-progress demonstration and sharing of a new project by Near Now Fellowship artist Sophie Huckfield. ‘Lady Ludd' is inspired by the Luddites, local folklore and the impact of automation and technology on workers' rights. Sophie is making an electronic instrument from a repurposed antique loom, in collaboration with music technologist Juan Martinez Avila.

Sat 20 July

  • Sonic Arts Social
  • 7–9PM
  • FREE - Drop in, no ticket required
  • A meetup for electronic music makers and sonic artists, from beginners to professionals. Bring along an instrument for advice, sharing, and playing using the Sonic Sculptures installation.

Sun 21 July

  • Sound & Vision: Share & Refine Your Sound Creations
  • 1–3PM
  • FREE - Drop in, no ticket required
  • An informal crit session for artists, musicians, makers. Led by No Jobs in the Arts, supported by Tom Harris, a multi-talented artist/musician/technician.
  • Bring along any creative sound and vision pieces to this sharing session and receive constructive feedback on your creations.

About Framework for Practice

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


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