The Walworth Sound Walk

Jane Scobie

Through sound and sculpture, I explore the fragility and resilience of our lives. How we navigate day to day relationships and interact with the physical and natural world. Underpinning my practice is a desire to find ways that the institutions and systems which govern our lives can build on the affirmative actions of individuals.
I often transform assemblages of found objects, including phrases, sounds and the human voice into art objects. Audiences frequently take part, at some point in my practice, creating collective encounters that focus on memories or the overlooked. My work seeks to investigate what nourishes us, as well as the behaviours that holds us back. As Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick wrote in her essay Paranoid Reading “Art can be a route to clarity and a force for resistance and repair, providing new registers and languages in which to think.”

In May 2019 I was invited, by the Walworth Community Garden Network, to create a site-specific work for the Chelsea Fringe (2019). The Fringe is a response to the Chelsea Flower Show an annual event aimed at affluent landowners - it begs the question how much does an individual need to own privately? What is sufficient? Where is the balance between public and private wealth? I chose to run a sound walk. I wanted to tap into the experiences of people who are not normally represented in the dominant narratives of the city. The Walworth Sound Walk began as an exploration of a neighbourhood in West Walworth by residents and guests – both hearing and seeing the space anew. The resulting works take inspiration from the residents and the plants in the gardens. To hear the Walworth Soundscape visit