what's coming up and what's recently happened
February - May 2021: recipient of three months of mentoring after open call from Ty Cerdd, the organisation supporting Welsh music. International audio-visual artist Kathy Hinde will give support and cast an outside eye on creative practice, with the goal of creating an action plan outlining priorities for future activities.
June - December 2020: commissioned from open call to be one of six sound artists/composers creating sound installations for the multi-faith chapel space in the new Grange University Hospital at Llanfrechfa, Gwent, South Wales, due to open in late 2020. Working with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Trust staff and music makers from the area to create a site-sensitive soundscape. Funded by ABUHB and supported by Ty Cerdd, the organisation promoting and supporting Welsh music present, past and future. Installation delayed by pandemic and expected to take place later in 2021.
November 2020: re:Source soundscape selected from international open call to be broadcast on Radiophrenia. Broadcast soundfile is an edited version of the soundscape made from the sounds of the construction of a micro-hydro site - visit re:Source page for more details.
November 2020: commissioned by Contemporary Art Society of Wales to create a documentary-style soundwork from monologues of women artists talking about their work and contributions to Concentric artists group (raw material for Th'luria). For dissemination to and discussion by all members of the Society via YouTube.
October 2020: +Fire+Ice+ spoken word, sound and visual work, a collaboration with musician Siôn Dafydd Dawson using original text, electric guitar sounds and found images. Created for Ysbrydnos::Hallowmas, a livestream to celebrate the mysteries associated with Hallowe'en and Wales' Noson Calan Gaeaf, and launch the cassette/booklet of The Shining Pyramid (see below). Curated by Dafydd Roberts and presented by Sound and Music. For more details visit +Fire+Ice+ page.
March 2020: in(ex)teriors, a soundscape created in response to The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen, the Gwent-born mystic and author, using his words and field recordings from his birthplace as raw material. Created for The Shining Pyramid, an all day symposium and evening performances comprising experimental music, films and papers inspired by the alchemy, magic and superstition of Wales. Curated by Dafydd Roberts and supported by Sound and Music. Due to have been held at National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, but cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic so a cassette tape and booklet of the submitted works was launched October 2020 (see above). See in(ex)teriors page for more details.
March 2020: participant in Concentric, ten South Wales-based women artists making their mark for International Women's Day. Three week residency at tactileBOSCH Lounge, Capitol Centre, Cardiff including one week exhibition. Exhibition postponed shortly after opening due to Coronavirus pandemic but re-opened in July for two weeks. Convened by Jacqueline Alkema.
November 2019: offered a week for experimentation and project development by Shift multi-disciplinary research and development arts space, Capitol Centre, Cardiff, using the time to further develop skills in multi-channel site-responsive sound installation. A public opportunity to experience the outcome was given in Shift's atmospheric cavernous concrete basement, the space for which the 8-channel work was created.
July 2018 - May 2019: Born For It site-sensitive eight-channel two-hour long sound installation, the culmination of a period of research using the Museum of Bath at Work's exhibits and archives during a residency at the Museum in Bath, Somerset. Featuring voices from the Museum’s oral history archives with sounds recorded around the Museum, the work re-configured the main exhibition area of the Museum into an immersive listening space. For more details visit the Born For It page.
May 2019: Th'luria experimental sound work selected following an international open call, and broadcast as part of Radiophrenia 2019. Using Leona's audio recordings of seven women artists talking about their working practice, each woman becomes an impressionistic soundportrait reflecting a central notion of themselves as artists through their voices and words. Radiophrenia is an established temporary art radio station, on air live for two weeks from Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Arts. It promotes current trends in sound and transmission arts, and considers radio an art form, encouraging challenging and radical new approaches to the medium. For more details visit the Th'luria page.
March 2019: fragmanin two-channel audio essay created as part of Intervention! Intoxication?, the fourth biennial Performance Philosophy Research Festival & Conference which took place in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Drawing on relationships between spoken, written and written-to-be-read-aloud language this is an experimental work exploring how listeningwriting collides with live and mediated performance. The four-day event brought together artists, researchers, theatre professionals, students, activists - anyone interested in rethinking artistic intervention in its contemporary context. For more details visit the fragmanin page.
March 2019: Sounds of Somethings Going Under burnt books, music manuscripts and broken glass assemblage; a study in present silence and past sound that considers the potential silences arising from the current precarious state of the arts worldwide. Also co-created with artist Adeola Dewis a performative action response to Temmah's durational performance for opening event on the theme of survival of sexual violence. Part of Concentric exhibition marking International Women's Day by women artists based in South Wales, presented at West Wharf Gallery, Cardiff, curated by Jacqueline Alkema.
September 2018 - September 2019: recipient of a professional development bursary from a-n (The Artists Information Company) to enable a year of mentoring by Bill Campbell, founder of Islington Mill creative space, Salford.
August 2018: Your Attention Please and You Have to Laugh, two voice-based site-responsive sonic interventions at Tramshed arts space, Cardiff. Part of exhibition by Concentric group of multi-discipline women artists based in South Wales who meet annually to present work. Convened and curated by Jacqueline Alkema.
February 2017 - April 2018: re:Source audio/visual installation created in conjunction with visual artist Penny Hallas as artists-in-residence following the process of construction of the Blaen Dyar micro-hydro scheme in the Clydach Gorge, South Wales. Created from raw material recorded during construction, re:Source takes the form of videomusic, an abstract genre in which the goal is to create a flow of immersive visuals and sounds which moves through moods, and is open to imaginative interpretation by the audience. Presented in Studio CRiC, Crickhowell, Powys. For more details visit the re:Source page. Project funded by Llangattock Green Valleys, the Sustainable Development Fund of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, and A&B Cymru's CultureStep.
February 2017: two interactive performances in collaboration with artist Adeola Dewis on the theme of interconnectivity, devised using text, ritual, vocalising, gestures, sounds, and clay. Part of Concentric women artist group's exhibition in celebration of International Women's Day at Cwtsh Gallery, Newport, South Wales. Exhibition curated by Jacqueline Alkema.
August - October 2016: selected to be part of two month group residency in Brunel House, Cardiff, Wales, on three unoccupied floors of the office tower block, recording the hidden and not-so-hidden sounds of the building. Culminating in soundscapes and a live performance of work in-situ with musician Siôn Dafydd Dawson. For more details visit the Unquiet page. Residency curated by Louise Ashcroft, Floating Island Gallery.
May 2016: part of collaborative project Ancient Mariner: Not an Opera with artists and composers Ivor Davies, Joseph Hillyard, Julia E Howell, Richard McReynolds. An experimental immersive sound-led site-responsive journey through a poet’s hallucinatory mindscapes of beauty and horror, using live and recorded sound, composition and improvisation, voice and gesture, as a response to Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. A two-hour long free, drop-in performance that took place in the entrance hall of National Museum Cardiff. For further information see Mariner page.
March 2016: Two Thousand Nine Hundred and Seven Feet and Th'luria two site-responsive sound installations of voices created for Concentric exhibition of ten South Wales-based women artists to celebrate International Women's Day. Created from original recordings, the first of people walking the highest peak in southern Britain, and the second of Concentric artists (Tessa Waite, Sheila Vyas, Penny Hallas, Zoe Gingell, Adeola Dewis, Jacqueline Alkema and Leona herself) talking about their work. Presented at Jacob's Gallery, Cardiff, and curated by Jacqueline Alkema. Visit Th'luria page for more details.
November - December 2015: A Winter Wildness soundscapes for children's installation and performance, created from recordings made with a group of 4 - 10 year olds from Abergavenny, South Wales, during a series of workshops. Project co-run with performance artists Denni Dennis and Clare Parry-Jones. Presented in The Chapel, Abergavenny, on the winter solstice, 22 December. An exhibition based on the project was also presented in The Chapel, Market Street, Abergavenny in February 2016.
one of the tracks created from original recordings made with the children's help and input (listen with headphones if you can)
June - July 2015: in audible: The Baroque Cello Project (Part II) an on-going developing sound-led project with performance, exploring the deep links between sound and movement. In collaboration with musician Siôn Dafydd Dawson and contemporary dancer Laura Moy. Presented at The Chapel, Abergavenny, South Wales. Full details on the in audible page of this website, and on the dedicated project website www.baroquecelloproject.com. Funding awarded by Arts Council Wales/The National Lottery.
March 2015: Over Your Head site responsive work, David Lynch in conversation audio/visual work, and Dark Lantern performance writing work, three text-centred pieces as part of Concentric when six women artists made their mark for International Women's Day 2015. Presented at Cardiff M.A.D.E., Cardiff, and curated by Jacqueline Alkema.
Over Your Head transient light piece in situ
image: Cardiff MADE
image: Cardiff MADE
additional and prior work listed on CV