Artists’ field recording workshop in the Fellfoot Forward uplands

Artists’ field recording workshop in the Fellfoot Forward uplands

The North Pennines AONB Partnership’s community arts project for 2023, has started a programme of workshops in the Fellfoot Forward area of Cumbria to document the natural and social worlds  through music and sound.

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We are inviting artists, who live or work in the Fellfoot Forward scheme area, to join internationally renowned sound artists, Chris Watson and Tim Shaw, on a practical field recording workshop to collect sounds of nature and wildlife from the area, on high moorland near Talkin.

This is a rare and very special opportunity which will include sound walking, recording techniques, microphone placement to collect the diverse sounds from the different ecologies of this area. Participants will gain hands-on experience of the craft of field recording, location sound, and new ways of listening to our shared sound-scapes.

Chris Watson is a freelance composer and sound recordist with a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals and habitats from around the world. He specialises in  creating spatial sound installations which feature a strong sense and spirit of place. His television work includes many programmes in the David Attenborough ‘Life’ series, including ‘The Life of Birds’,  which won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ in 1996, and as the location sound recordist for the BBC series ‘Frozen Planet’, which also won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ (2012).

Tim Shaw, originally from Cumbria, is an artist working with sound, light and communication media. Presenting work through performances, installations and sound walks, Tim is interested in how  affective environments can be constructed or explored using a diverse range of techniques and technologies. Working with field recordings, electronics, video, synthesis, sound objects, self-made  hardware, and DIY software, his practice creatively appropriates communication technologies to explore how these devices change the way we experience the world. Tim is a Lecturer in Digital Media at Newcastle University and the co-curator of the Walking Festival of Sound. 

The workshop will include an afternoon/evening session on Thursday 4 May, starting at 2pm, and a (very) early morning dawn chorus workshop on Friday 5 May, ending at 9am.

 The event is offered at a heavily reduced rate (£20) through project funding and places will be prioritised for artists and practitioners based in the Fellfoot Forward scheme area. For more information head to 

The arts project is part of the Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership Scheme (LPS) and is funded by Arts Council England and Westmorland and Furness Council. The Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership Scheme, led by the North Pennines AONB Partnership and funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, is a major project to conserve, enhance and celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of a special part of the north west of England. The scheme area stretches from the North Pennines AONB boundary westwards to the River Eden, and from Hallbankgate south to Melmerby.


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