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

Further resources

Still from a film by Siân Hutchings, 'Quietly Beneath'

My Skin of Rabbit Glue and Chalk

'I close my eyes and there is nothing. The film has started without me. But I can feel something on my skin, a tension and an impression that presents what I see, once I open them again, to a different view. ' —Salomé Voegelin on 'Quietly Beneath' Read more...

‘I’ve always been interested in how the material of gesso functions as an acoustic structure’
Watch an interview with Siân Hutchings, 2019-20 Graduate Artist in Residence