Sonic Walk

Sonic Walk

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Gleadless Valley

96 Lees Hall Avenue


S8 9JF

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Artist Ashley Holmes will lead this walk centred on sounds and listening with the landscape

About this event

Gleadless Valley, situated 2 miles south-east of the city centre is tucked away between residential estates and neighbourhoods. Within the valley there are 7 heritage woodlands dating back to the 16th century, with an interconnected system of woodland and walking paths that allow you to get lost in the landscape, and lead you to a series of grasslands and meadows that are relatively hidden.

Artist Ashley Holmes will be leading a guided walk around the Gleadless Valley, encouraging participants to listen with the landscape and make sound recordings situated within the mix of environments. Through this wayfaring, a mix of questions will be posed, such as how can we experience the local environment and world around us with as little intervention as possible? and how can listening be a space of political encounter?

From the Gleadless Valley we will move to Arts Catalyst’s new base in Sheffield city centre, Soft Ground, where there will be space to listen collectively to the sound recordings just made.

This workshop is connected to Arts Catalyst’s Emergent Ecologies programme that explores how our experiences of place — from wetlands and waterways to city centre streets — and of ourselves within them, are shaped with and by other beings.

Meet Point - Is the pedestrian entrance at the top of Lees Hall Avenue (the entrance is signposted. Heeley & Meersbrook Allotments are just to the left. We will be walking around Hang Bank Wood, Carr Wood and Coney Green Wood.

Halfway through the workshop we will move to Arts Catalyst's new space, Soft Ground at 37 - 41 The Moor, in Sheffield city centre. Taxi's can be provided should you need one. If you are coming by car, please park with consideration on the surrounding streets near the meet point.

Please email us in advance at to let us know if you need a taxi

Tickets are free but please reserve a place to help us manage capacity. If you can no longer make it, please request a refund so your place can be reallocated.

ACCESS: The first part of the workshop takes place in Gleadless Valley, which has rough tracks, step access and some overgrown paths. It is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with mobility issues. Soft Ground is on the first floor of a building on The Moor. Lift access and a disabled, all gender toilet is in place.

Taxis will be provided to take participants from Gleadless Valley to Sheffield city centre for those joining us on public transport.

Regular bus services are in place along Gleadless Road including the 1A, and 252.

The number 19 bus takes you along Upper Albert Road which passes near to the meet point too.

For more information please email: or call Arts Catalyst on 07871 358337

We are taking extra precautions to manage the risk of COVID-19.

We ask everyone attending this event to bring a mask if you intend on travelling in a taxi . We are limiting capacity to enable social distancing and hand sanitiser is provided.

We ask everyone attending this event to take a Lateral Flow Test on the day of the event if they can.

Please note: If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 such as sore throat, continuous headache, dry cough, runny nose, loss of taste of smell, or high temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please do not attend. We want to keep everyone as safe as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

If you develop symptoms of COVID19 after the event please email us at and mark it 'URGENT' . This way we will be able to contact all who attended the event.

Ashley Holmes is an artist and DJ based in Sheffield. His interdisciplinary practice combines sound, moving image, performance and ongoing collaborative projects to explore and reimagine notions of listening, storytelling, collaboration, ownership and belonging.

Recent work & projects include; Trust Melody, Humber Street Gallery, Hull; Even Myself Knows That Too (Journal Dub), Frieze LIVE, London; Distend, Yorkshire Sculpture International, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds; and A Free Moment, Futura Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague.

As part of Emergent Ecologies, Arts Catalyst is being supported by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority to produce a series of podcasts imagining possible climate futures in response to environmental challenges in the South Yorkshire region.

This Sonic Walk is being supported and part funded by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority. The Mayor, MCA and LEP have a shared purpose to create a stronger, greener, fairer South Yorkshire. To work together to unlock the potential of South Yorkshire people, businesses and places and ensure they prosper.

A photographer will be present to document this workshop. By registering for this event, you give consent to be photographed. Photos will be used by a place of their own and Arts Catalyst for documentation and marketing purposes. If for any reason this does not feel comfortable, please let one of the organisers know at the start of the event and we'll make sure you do not appear in any photo

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