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Magda Stawarska-Beavan was born in Poland, she lives and works in the UK. She is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice is primarily concerned with the evocative and immersive qualities of sound. She is interested in how a soundscape orients us and subconsciously embeds itself in our memories of place, enabling us to construct personal recollections and offering the possibility of conveying narrative to listeners who have never experienced a location. She works predominantly with sound, moving image and print, often connecting traditional printmaking processes with digital audio.

Amongst Stawarska-Beavan’s recent projects exploring the shifting sonic and visual identities of cities are Kraków to Venice in 12 Hours and East {hyphen} West; Sound Impressions of Istanbul, which not only reveal intimate glimpses of the singular urban soundscapes of these places but also interrogate their cultural complexities, exploring the blurred boundaries between public and private and probing the notion of physical and political borders as points of connection and signifiers of separation. Through her collaborations with other artists and writers and their “retelling” of her audio collages, her work explores the process of deep listening. Stawarska-Beavan’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in the gallery environment as well as in public spaces. In 2015 she received the Hemelin Polska Award at Kraków’s Print Triennial.

Outdoor Public Installations

Her outdoor public installations were shown as part of the TONSPUR programme in MFRU, Foundation Son:DA,
Maribor Old Town Hall, Slovenia (2017)
Kapelica Gallery Ljubljana, Slovenia (2016)
28th Exposition of New Music Brno Festival (2015)
and in MQ21 TONSPUR_passage / Q21 MQ, Vienna (2013)

In 2011 she was commissioned to produce a sound installation in Preston City Centre, UK by In Certain Places (The Arcade).

Recent Exhibitions and Performances

Sounds Like Her, New Art Exchange, Nottingham and UK touring (2017-2018)
TIES, Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium (2017)
Guanlan International Print Biennial in Shenzhen, China (2017, 2015)
10th International Biennial of Contemporary Print at Liege’s Museum of Fine Art, Belgium
Modern Histories vol. III, Bury Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester UK (2015)
International Print Triennial, Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, Poland (2015)
Project AfterBirth, White Moose, Barnstaple, UK (2015)
Circuit Bridges New York Concert (2015)
Kinokophonography Night at The New York Public Library for Performing Arts (2015, 2014)