Hannah Kemp-Welch is a sound artist, who was selected by public vote to be Open House Artist in Residence for 2018/2019. Over the past year, Hannah has been working with groups in North Cambridge to create a new series of sound works, which are shared with you in Hyperlocal Radio.
The artist looks at the legacy of the pioneering developments in radio by Pye Ltd in Chesterton, engaging local residents in an expanded view of radio production, and questioning the social impact of Cambridge’s Silicon Fen. Collaborating with residents of North Cambridge, together they captured stories, songs and sounds, which celebrate the diversity of voices within our community. These were shared in a special broadcast as part of Open House Radio on 13 February 2019 with Cambridge 105 Radio, a community radio station based in the city.
The Hyperlocal Radio display at Kettle’s Yard, 8 March – 22 April 2019, brought together both the sound and visual work created by community collaborators with Kemp-Welch and Kettle’s Yard Artist Facilitators. Each customised a portable Pye Radio which also contained a sound work created with participants. Hyperlocal Radio continued off-site with additional cases found at the Meadows Community Centre and Arbury Community Centre in North Cambridge. The sound works are shared below.