Over three years (2020-22), the Acoustic Commons is developing work between Full of Noises (Barrow, Cumbria - lead partner), Locus Sonus (Aix-Marseille), CONA (Ljubljana), Soundcamp (London), HMU (Crete) and Cyberforest (Tokyo).


Acoustic Commons is a collaboration between four arts organisations and a range of associate partners, each with close links to a specific site of cultural and/or natural heritage value. Acoustic Commons draws upon and develops those links, through a range of creative and technical approaches and innovative ways to engage with audiences and places.

Our work to date has included developing an interactive map of live environmental sounds; radio broadcasts following the dawn chorus around the globe; sound art residencies and sound and ecology festivals. Building on these initiatives, this collaborative project will develop creative resources for the growing number of artists, scientists and citizens who are increasingly turning to sound as a medium to make and explore environmental connections.

Current Projects

Acoustic Commons projects and events for 2020 include:

- Creative Technical Workshop, hosted by Locus Sonus (Aix-Marseille, January)
- Reveil 2020, lead by Soundcamp (London, May) with contributions from partners and associates
- Residencies and exhibitions hosted by CONA (Ljubljana, June-August)
- Residencies and commissions with Full of Noises (Barrow-in-Furness, new dates tbc)
- Launch of four new open microphones and information panels (Sept / October)
- A series of zines documenting key events and projects - read zine no. 1 here (ongoing)


Live audio streaming co-creates public art projects that form bridges between localities and bring isolated communities into interaction. Listening in common to European soundscapes leads us to engage with environmental flows - of air, water or migrating organisms - that cross borders and point to a trans-national approach.

Acoustic Commons is dedicated to building resilient networks across sites, distributing creative technical resources and cultural know-how and contributing to the long term cultivation of knowledge commons. The project seeks to identify and reactivate common land as a site for shared cultural activity and to encourage the sharing of practices and knowledge between practitioners, organisations, the public and institutions across Europe.

Supported by

The Acoustic Commons is a Small Cooperation Project supported in part by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Supported by public funds through Arts Council England.