Siân Hutchings: 'Quietly Beneath'

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.

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 is grounded in understanding environments through ‘active listening’. Her work approaches experience through an equality of the senses, working on sites as an aural architect. It is presented through performances, writings, workshops and discussions. A recent series of podcasts can be found at