Leah Barclay is an Australian composer, sound artist and creative producer working at the intersection of art, science, technology and the environment. Her work has been commissioned, performed and exhibited to wide acclaim across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Europe, India, China and Korea. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and has directed and curated intercultural projects across the Asia-Pacific.
Barclay creates complex sonic environments that draw attention to our ecological crisis and endangered ecosystems. These works are realised through immersive performances and multi-sensory installations drawing on environmental field recordings, multi-channel sound diffusion, live performers and ephemeral projections. Her PhD at Griffith University involved site-specific projects across the globe exploring the value of creativity in environmental crisis. She is currently based in Australia working on several new projects including the opening ceremony for the 5th IMC World Forum on Music, the interactive installation Vedic Remnants and The DAM(N) Project, a interdisciplinary venture exploring global water security through the lives of displaced communities in the Narmada Valley of North India.
In 2013, she Co-Chaired the Balance-Unbalance International Conference in Australia, a major event designed to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society. In addition to her creative practice, she serves in an advisory capacity for a range of arts and environmental organisations, including Ear to the Earth (New York), InterCreate (New Zealand) and The Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology. She is currently the Artistic Director of Biosphere Soundscapes, a large-scale interdisciplinary art project connecting the soundscapes of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves across the world.