Radio Writing - Camden Art Centre

The inaugural Radio Writing residency was awarded to Glasgow-based artist Sarah Tripp.

Tripp’s work centres on different approaches to narrative and storytelling; working across film, performance and printed words, her practice is rooted in observation and experience.

For this commission Tripp created a sequence of hourly chimes – short audio segments – comprised of percussive sound and spoken word. These chimes, played on hospital radio throughout the day, will act as temporary markers, reflecting the time and atmosphere of the hour in which they appear.

This residency was accompanied by a short series of events and open studios offering visitors a chance to discover more about the project and Tripp’s work and practice.


24 Stops
Sunday 23 June 3.00pm
Artist-in-residence Sarah Tripp presented a live performance of her new work, commissioned for hospital radio, featuring a sequence of hourly chimes created to evoke the passing of the day.

Radio Writing marked the start of a collaboration between Camden Art Centre and UCLH Arts. The project commissions an artist to create new work for both hospital radio and live performance.

Images Related events

Sarah Tripp: 24 Stops

Friday 13 – Saturday 14 December, 12.00pm – 12.00pm
Sarah Tripp created the audio piece 24 Stops while on the Radio Writing Residency at Camden Art Centre, earlier in 2013. The work, a series of sounds which mark the passing of day, was developed for hospital radio as well as live performance.

24 Stops was broadcast directly to play on your desktop, on the hour, every hour over a full day, through Field Broadcast.

In partnership with Field Broadcast

Radio Writing: Jay Tan

Sunday 15 December, 3.00 – 4.00pm
Live Broadcast from Camden Arts Centre 1500 BST

Radio Calling #2: Liveness

Friday 16 May 2014, 3.30 – 4.30pm
A collaborative event took place simultaneously at Camden Art Centre and TENT Rotterdam, Radio Calling #2 explores ideas of live performance in the face of live broadcasting.

Questioning the experience of performance art when an audience is not always present, Radio Calling #2 unpicks the notion of the live experience and how new technologies allow us to be connected almost anywhere in the world. Tuning in for an exchange between the two institutions, this event involved a new performance by Camilla Wills and Jane Fawcett at Camden Art Centre and live streaming of a work by Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson direct from TENT Rotterdam. Following the performances, TENT hosted a panel discussion which was screened live at Camden Art Centre.

The performance at Camden Arts Centre was broadcast live by

3.30 – 4.00pm
Lucy Beech & Edward Thomasson (live streaming from TENT Rotterdam)

4.00 – 4.30pm
Camilla Wills & Jane Fawcett: Logo of Absence (live in the Artists’ Studio / streamed online and at TENT Rotterdam)

4.30 – 5.15pm
Panel discussion with artists Beech and Thomasson, Timmy van Zoelen and Capucine Perrot, Performance Curator at Tate (live streaming from TENT Rotterdam)

Lucy Beech & Edward Thomasson
Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson have collaborated on performance projects since 2007. Their work is characterised by choreographed group activities that often involve the live construction of sound. At the centre of their practice is an exploration of how performance is initiated in non-theatrical environments as a tool for reconsidering the problems and experience of everyday life. The artists often perform alongside their collaborators.

Camilla Wills & Jane Fawcett
Jane Fawcett’s work investigates the reading process and presents her encounters with listening, reading and speaking as positions of displacement. She recently exhibited Freighted curriculum and my family and landscape at Legion TV, London, and has exhibited internationally. Camilla Wills writes and works with video and print technologies. She edited Moyra Davey’s recent book of essays I’m Your Fan, and works at Book Works, London. The artists met in Rotterdam.

Logo of Absence
Written, recorded and edited live on location and in the time of the lunch-break, this video and performance considers the pitch and frequency of the ‘break’ in employment / self-employment. Making use of the zone of the lunch-break, when thought may be irregular but location is stable, Logo of Absence draws on the parts of the self which remain and return when you take an hour ‘off’.

Radio Calling #2 extends on ideas from the Radio Writing Residency, launched in 2013 in partnership with UCLH Arts and the Radio Calling weekend held at TENT in December 2013.