Celestial Radio

Zoe Walker (Photographer), Neil Bromwich

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact


Celestial Radio is a multi media interactive public sculpture; a Radio Station broadcasting from a ‘glittering’ mirror tiled yacht that transmits light and sound; broadcasting site-specific sound works in Thessaloniki, Isle of Skye, Folkestone, Margate, Whitstable, London , Jerusalem and Sydney.

The aim of Celestial Radio is to extend the parameters of public art specifically in its effectiveness to shift perceptions of place by evoking a duality of existence between our, physical surroundings and the non-physical world, explored through the human geography of place.
The work employes cross-disciplinary research to create a multi media immersive art work that extends out beyond the gallery walls, drawing on the specificity of site and context as key to re-examining the environments we inhabits.

Past and present oral histories, music and prose, are recorded from specific landscapes and composed into a sound work, broadcast to audiences with FM headsets walking the coastline in sight of the glittering radio-boat, which fragments and transmitting light and sound.
Celestial Radio was commissioned by invitation from directors of the following institutions Turner Contemporary Margate, Atlas Arts Skye, Musrara Festival Jerusalem ,Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (MCA) and Performance Space Sydney. Celestial Radio Projects has been funded by Arts Council England, Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Folkestone Triennial, British Council, European Cultural Foundation, Creative Scotland, Australia Council and The Keir Foundation.

The project has been contextualised and discussed in key international peer reviewed journals: Laura McLean-Ferris (Art Review Oct 08). By Gabriela Salgado, Curator of Public Programmes Tate Modern (Biennale:2 Catalogue; ISBN: 9789609409001). Walker & Bromwich Monograph (John Hansard Gallery, ISBN 9780854328642) Essays By JJ Charlesworth, Sally O’Reilly. Public discussion was initiated through media coverage including Times, Guardian, BBC

Installation, site specific art practice, scuplture, sound , radio broadcast and outdoor public sculpture and participatory art project.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTurner Contemporary Margate, Folkestone, UK; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia plus 4 others
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2008


  • Boat
  • Radio
  • Sound
  • Live art
  • participation
  • Broadcast


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