Launch: Graduate Artist Commission—Siân Hutchings

Following a three-month residency with Tyneside Cinema, artist Siân Hutchings will present her new film Quietly Beneath alongside a live sound performance and Q&A. 

Siân Hutchings’ film Quietly Beneath looks at painting as acoustic material, transcending its perception as flat or finite to treat it instead as a live material with its own agency. An interaction between figure and substance, in the form of two dancers and gesso (glue mixed with chalk used to prime canvases), Quietly Beneath considers painting for its voice, opening the cracks behind its seemingly mute surface – and in the process proposes the cinema as a space of listening as much as one of watching.

The Graduate Artist Residency is a partnership with Northumbria University and is supported by the NewBridge Project.

Thursday 13 February 2020
Tyneside Cinema (Roxy)
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About the artist

Siân Lyn Hutchings is an artist currently based in Newcastle. She recently completed her MFA at Northumbria University as part of the BxNU programme. Siân’s practice approaches experience through an equality of the senses, working on sites as an aural architect. She is engaged in ‘active listening’ and hopes to heighten the sonic understanding of materials. Her work is presented through performances, writings, workshops and discussions. A recent series of podcasts can be found at


Quietly Beneath

Sian Hutchings

Video, colour, sound