Alumna named winner of prestigious national award for sonic art

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

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A former Oxford Brookes University student has been named a winner of The British Composer Awards 2017.

Kathy Hinde, who studied a Masters in Sound Arts, took the prize in the Sonic Art category for her outdoor light and sound installation Luminous Birds.

The British Composer Awards promote the art of composition and recognise the creative talent of composers and sound artists, and bring their music to a wider audience.

Commenting on her award win, Kathy said: "I’m delighted to have achieved this recognition through the Composers Award for Sonic Arts.

"It came as a complete surprise, and I do hope it will open more opportunities to create new works that inspire people."

This is a really wonderful achievement for Kathy. She has been producing high quality sound art works for a number of years now and this is a very well-deserved recognition for all her hard work.

Professor Ray Lee, Sound Arts, Oxford Brookes University

Originally commissioned by Kidderminster Arts Festival 2015, with development and sound commissioned by Cryptic on 2016, Luminous Birds consists of origami-style birds suspended in the air. At night synchronised lighting and music create the effect of birds flying overhead. The British Composer Awards judges described the work as an outstanding example of what Sonic Art has to offer today.

Professor Ray Lee, who teaches Sound Arts at Oxford Brookes, is a composer and won a British Composer Award himself in 2012. He said: “This is a really wonderful achievement for Kathy. She has been producing high quality sound art works for a number of years now and this is a very well-deserved recognition for all her hard work. We are all very proud of her here at Brookes.”

Kathy graduated in 2008 and is now based in Bristol. She is a composer and visual artist inspired by behaviour and phenomena in the natural world and has created light and sound installations for public spaces and has exhibited work extensively across Europe, China, Pakistan, the USA, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil and New Zealand

More information about studying art at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the School of Arts webpages.