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CWM IDWAL by Michal Tekel

Soundlands selectors have shortlisted six artists to further develop their ideas to create new sound art for Cwm Idwal, Snowdonia and Bangor, North Wales in June 2015. The developed proposals will be presented to the selection panel on 7 April and two of these artists will be commissioned to turn their concept into reality. Both successful artists will receive a commission fee of1,000 with an additional production budget available.

The selection panel had their work cut out judging over one hundred concept submissions from across the globe. The shortlisted artists who will develop concepts for Bangor are Hector Macinnes from the Isle of Skye, Jenna Burchell from South Africa, and Ludwig Berger & Alexander Pospischil, from Germany. The successful artists inspired by Cwm Idwal are Lisa Jen Brown from Bethesda, Rebecca Horrox from London and Leslie Deere from the USA. Ceri Hand, one of the Soundlands selectors said,It was a tough job judging Soundlands this year as the submissions were of an incredibly high standard. It was exciting to spend so much time looking at and listening to such great artists work and I m really happy that a wide and diverse audience will get chance to experience the selected artists new commissions.

Two very different locations - urban Bangor and rural Cwm Idwal - will offer a wealth of potential for the commissioned artists. The new artworks will be located in accessible public areas to ensure wonderful experiences for the communities of and visitors to Bangor and Cwm Idwal. Guto Roberts, Cwm Idwal Partnership Officer says,The applications we received were a breath of fresh air. Hard work had obviously gone into developing the applications, and I think those that came out on top [for Cwm Idwal] are going to offer a unique experience to visitors which will enrich their visit to Cwm Idwal, as well as deepen their understanding of this special environment.

Sound art may not be as widely known as visual art or performance art, but it is as legitimate and as powerful, utilising another of the senses we use when experiencing the world around us ,explains Dawn Worsley, Soundlands projects coordinator.Soundlands has been delighted by the sheer quality and imagination of the submissions we received, and the concepts submitted by the shortlisted six are very special indeed. We re very excited to discover who will be the two successful artists who ll receive the commissions .

Further information please go to www.soundlands.org or contact post@soundlands.org.