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Leah Barclay is giving a plenary presentation at the Earth Optimism Summit in Washington at the Smithsonian in April 2017. Earth Optimism celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution in the area of global conservation with an unprecedented gathering of international thought leaders,......

100 WAYS TO LISTEN is a new project exploring the art and science of sound and documenting a decade of innovative music-making at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. The project launched at the 2017 World Science Festival Brisbane, with performances, interactive installations, immersive sonic environments and augmented reality......

There are over 1,800 UNESCO designated sites around the world – World Heritage sites, biosphere reserves and UNESCO Global Geoparks – which are facing the impacts of ecological crisis, and can play a significant role in climate change mitigation and adaptation. These were the key......

Leah Barclay’s chapter on River Listening has just been published in ‘Environmental Sound Artists: In Their Own Words’ a new book published by Oxford University Press. Environmental Sound Artists: In Their Own Words is an incisive and imaginative look at the international environmental sound art......

Leah Barclay’s WIRA River Listening from Floating Land 2015 Nominated for the 2016 APRA Art Music Awards  (Article published in the Noosa News on 26/07/2016) The finalists for the 2016 Art Music Awards have been announced. The yearly Art Music Awards are presented by the......

In July 2016, the Australasian Computer Music Association joined forces with the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology and NIME 2016 (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) to host an interdisciplinary conference at the Queensland Conservatorium on the theme of Sonic Environments. Leah Barclay is the co-chair......

Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Granoff Center, John Carter Brown Library Each year, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES) sponsors an interdisciplinary program under the title of “Earth, Itself,” designed to stimulate conversations and collaborations across the natural and social sciences,......

In March 2016, Dr. Leah Barclay was invited to deliver a keynote on her current research at the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves in Lima, Peru. Occurring every six years, this event is a world meeting of the Committees of UNESCO’s Man and the......

The World Science Festival began in New York in 2008 and is an annual weeklong celebration and exploration of science. The inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane will bring some of the world’s greatest thought leaders to Queensland, showcase local scientists and performers from around the Asia......

WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2016   DISCOVERING THE DEEP  10/03/2016, 18:00 – 19:30, GOMA, Stanley Place, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Join us at the 2016 World Science Festival for this unique and intriguing session featuring presentations on submarines, deep oceans and cave diving by the “genius” inventor......

In January 2016, Leah Barclay spoke to ZOË MADONNA at I CARE IF YOU LISTEN about her current projects and plans for 2016. Read the original interview here ________________________________   Dr. Leah Barclay is a true inter-disciplinarian. A scientist, composer, and artist, she creates immersive site-specific performances and installations......

Yarra River Terrace & Federation Square, Melbourne Monday 8th – Sunday 14th February, 2016 // 9:00am – 11:00pm River Listening is launching in Melbourne, Australia during Pause Fest 2016, a catalyst for innovation, a uniter of industries and a platform for the future. Six years......

At COP21 we are bringing the rainforests of the world to Paris and encouraging global leaders to listen to nature and take climate action. At the core of this experience Rainforest Listening showcases one of the most critical environments on earth, the Amazon Rainforest. The......

AUGMENTED REALITY SOUND WALKS & PERFORMANCES In October 2015 Rainforest Listening launched in Austin, Texas during SXSW Eco. SXSW Eco creates a space for business leaders, investors, innovators and designers to advance solutions that drive economic, environmental and social change. In its fifth year, the......

Rainforest Listening launched during Climate Week NYC 2015 in the centre of Times Square with an augmented reality sound walk.  The sounds of the rainforest grew across New York City where hundreds of people engaged with this experience in iconic locations such as Central Park......

The ”Six Degrees of Separation” Exhibition at the Gympie Regional Gallery invited a select group of artists to explore climate change and environmental art. Leah Barclay was invited to showcase the latest installation from River Listening. Key Public Events: 16 July – 15 August, Exhibition......

Happy World Listening Day! The 2015 theme for World Listening Day is“H2O” and we have been thrilled to receive submissions from across the world. I have been working with a dynamic team to curate World Listening Day 2015. Participation in World Listening Day has rapidly......

Fonoteca Nacional and Biosphere Soundscapes are calling for participants for the inaugural residency in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in 2015.   As part of the Mexican Soundscape project, Fonoteca Nacional is working in collaboration with Biosphere Soundscapes to produce an artistic residence and interdisciplinary laboratory focusing on......

‘Emergence’ has just opened at Carriageworks in Sydney as part of 24 Frames Per Second, a major exhibition of 24 commissioned screen-based works by 18 Australian and six international artists. Emergence is a large-scale audio-visual work, inspired by a Yolngu creation story and made in......

Open your ears to the sonic environment during National Park Week America’s largest celebration of national environmental heritage begins on April 18 with events and activities happening across 400 national parks. Hosted by the National Park Foundation and National Parks Services, National Park Week celebrates......

Episode 10 of Lateral Listening gives us an open door into the sounding world of Dr Leah Barclay. Curated by Tessa Elieff for the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA), each episode of Lateral Listening presents an Australian artist for your auditory delight. Primary focus......

The Balance-Unbalance 2015 International conference theme, ‘Water, Climate, Place: Re-Imagining Environments’ is aimed to provoke discussion and reflection on how the climate is changing and what our future might hold.  It does so by directing trans-disciplinary thought and action as tools for positive change. Led......

In February 2015 a new UNESCO masterclass was delivered as a dynamic blended learning experience for the Asia-Pacific region. Titled “UNESCO Biosphere Reserves as Learning Laboratories for Sustainability”, the program involved immersive masterclasses occurring in Australian Biosphere Reserves accompanied by lectures streamed live online.  The......

The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is a landmark global forum on protected areas. The Congress will share knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come. Building on the theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions”, it will present,......

Australian Rivers Institute Seminar 2014, October 31st, 2014.  River Listening is a research collaboration between Dr. Leah Barclay and the Australian Rivers Institute to explore new methods for acoustically monitoring four Queensland river systems: the Brisbane River, the Mary River, the Noosa River and the......

The Listen(n) Project has grown into a major community partnership focused on the Acoustic Ecology of the SW deserts of America.  With the largest online database of field recordings available at http://listen.ame.asu.edu and an ongoing program of community workshops and embodied interactive media applications, the project takes......

Leah Barclay is giving a keynote presentation during the 2014 EcoMusicologies Conference, 2-6 October, Asheville, North Carolina, USA.  Dialogues — verbal, musical and ecological — are the keys to our interconnected world, offering up new meanings while infusing life with reciprocity. In the spirit of......

Some people wait for the future. Leaders create it. Ordinary people face challenges. Climate Reality Leaders embrace them. The Climate Reality Leadership Corps is a global network of activists committed to taking on the climate crisis and solving what is far and away the greatest......

In 2014, The Australian Rivers Institute (ARI) and Dr. Leah Barclay were awarded a prestigious Synapse grant to support the development of River Listening. Synapse is an initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australia Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) that supports......

Leah Barclay is a composer, sound artist and curator working at the intersection of art, science, technology and the environment. Leah 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......

THE 5TH IMC WORLD FORUM ON MUSIC In November 2013, over 1,000 music professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world will descend upon South Bank, the heart of Brisbane’s cultural precinct. Musicians, producers, managers, administrators, festival directors, journalists, scholars, educators, facilitators, activists, policy makers......

Zameen: a documentary from CuriousWorks on Vimeo. The ZAMEEN documentary pulls you into the heart of a remote Indian community fighting for its way of life. In 2011 a group of artists from Australia and India journeyed deep into India’s Narmada Valley. They met and......

Floating Land is a biennial arts festival hosted in the UNESCO recognised Noosa Biosphere Reserve in Queensland, Australia. Conceived in 2001 as an outdoor sculpture exhibition, the festival has expanded into a dynamic interdisciplinary event commissioning innovative collaborations and hosting local, national and international artists. The......

At a time when the world is experiencing unprecedented ecological threats, the Balance-Unbalance International Conference is a global initiative designed to harness the talents of innovators working at the forefront of the arts, science and technology to explore transdisciplinary approaches to sustainability. The 2013 Balance-Unbalance......

The DAM(N) Project Australian Premiere Performance at Encounters Festival ENCOUNTER (noun), a meeting, exchange, a brush or rendezvous, confrontation For seven days in May 2013, from early morning until midnight, the South Bank precinct in Brisbane, Australia will be transformed into a bustling parade of......

The worldwide phenomenon that is TED is coming to Noosa! Leah Barclay has been invited to speak at the inaugural event on April 12, 2013. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out as a conference bringing together people from three......

SCANZ 2013: 3rd Nature: Wānanga-Symposium Feb 1st–3rd, 2013 Developing the culture to create a sustainable civilisation In February 2013 Leah is traveling to New Zealand to participate in SCANZ 2013: 3rd Nature, an international symposium hosted by InterCreate. During the Symposium Leah will present her......

19 – 22 November 2012, South Bank, Brisbane Hosted by Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University presents a four-day Research Festival that aims to connect, critique and celebrate the research activities in an environment of vibrant musical and intellectual engagement. Leah Barclay previewed her latest......

Leah Barclay is co-chairing the 2013 Balance-Unbalance Conference in Australia. Balance-Unbalance is an International Conference designed to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities.......

Public lecture with Leah Barclay at the Apple Store in New York – Creating Environmental Sound Art with a Mac   “Ear to the Earth, a program of the Electronic Music Foundation, engages people in the global environment through sound. Join founder Joel Chadabe and......

At the 2012 Ear to the Earth Festival in New York Leah Barclay was invited to present a special event outlining her recent projects in environmental sound art. During the festival she previewed two new works and spoke about her PhD research and ongoing community......

September 19 – 24 2012, the world of art, science and technology came together in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a six day, international conference, kicking off a season-long exhibition and public programs. 516 ARTS and partners present ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness, the 18th International Symposium......

World Conference on Soundscape and Acoustic Ecology Conference on Sound, Media and the Environment, Hochschule Darmstadt, Media Campus Dieburg, July 25-28, 2012 In July 2012 Leah Barclay presented a paper and an artist talk at the Global Composition in Germany in addition to performing Rivers......

TREE SONGS: Transient Sound Installation Directed by Leah Barclay and the sonic explorers FREE! 2pm – 4pm – July 1st, 2012 Arts & Ecology Centre – Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Tanawha. TreeLine 2012 – www.treeline.org.au TreeSongs is an evocative transient sound installation featuring live......

hearing places is a new online umbrella for creative projects which unite sound and place. Its published outcomes include concerts, environments, recordings, installations, performances, exhibitions, cultural projects, books, videos, lectures, events, festivals and reviews. hearing places was founded by Australian sound artists Ros Bandt and......

Thursday 31 May 6.30pm, Bon Marche Studio, 755 Harris Street, Ultimo University of Technology, Sydney In collaboration with Ear to the Earth and the Electronic Music Foundation, New York, join us for an evening of sonic exploration, presenting exquisite spatial recordings from around the globe,......

On May 23rd 2012, experimental musician and artist Leah Barclay will perform a solo show at pARTy on the Park, a dynamic cultural program produced by the Korean Cultural Office in Sydney. The performance will feature a series of intercultural works composed since her Asialink......

Article written by Leah Barclay originally published on the Remnant Artlab website “The final Artlab in Kerala, South India has been a rich and inspiring experience that has undoubtedly laid the foundation for significant bilateral collaborations between Australia and India in the future. We have......

Leah Barclay is now represented by The Australian Music Centre (AMC), the leading national service organisation dedicated to the promotion and support of both the artform of music and the creators and performers of contemporary classical, improvised jazz, experimental music and sound art in Australia.......

This article by Leah Barclay was originally published in Resonate Magazine in January 2012 In October 2011 I was invited to participate in the 6th Annual Mamori Sound Project, a residency for composers and sound artists on Mamori Lake, in the heart of the Brazilian......

The BALANCE-UNBALANCE conference will seek to bring artists together with scientists, economists, philosophers, politicians, sociologists, engineers, management and policy experts with the intent of engendering a deeper awareness and creating lasting intellectual working partnerships in solving our global environmental crisis. Using art as a catalyst, BALANCE-UNBALANCE 2011 will explore......

Mamori Sound Project is a 2-week residency for professional sound artists and composers with previous experience in the area of sound experimentation and field recordings. It takes place at Mamori Lake, in the middle of the Brazilian Amazon, and involves theoretical/discussion presentations, field-work and studio......

The final Australia Council for the Arts funded lab will happen in the Backwaters of Kerala, South India, in November 2011 led by Leah Barclay.  The REMNANT EMERGENCY ArtLab pivots on a series of site specific Labs in the Australian neighbouring regions of South-East Asia......

The Australasian Computer Music Association provides a forum for Australian and New Zealand composers and researchers with an interest in music technology and computer music. The annual ACMA conference is held in various cities, and publishes peer-reviewed proceedings. From 6-9 July 2011 The University of......

The DAM(N) Project is an interdisciplinary project exploring the stories of the displaced people of the Narmada River in North India, Leah Barclay is the composer / sound artist for this project which will result in a major production touring Australia and India in 2012.......

With a belief that art can spark social change, guest curator Leah Barclay is embracing Floating Land’s theme of Water Culture WORDS BY LISA CHANT (published in the Weekender Magazine June 2011) How did you first become interested in, and inspired by, art? I’ve always......

Leah Barclay’s curatorial statement from the 2011 Floating Land program; “The natural disasters experienced in 2011 are a horrific reminder that climate change is a reality. The Water Culture theme resonates strongly at a time where we need to shift our collective thinking and actions......

Floating Land is an ongoing conversation about creativity, culture and the environment pivoting on a dynamic ten-day event in the UNESCO listed Biosphere of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. Conceived in 2001 as an outdoor sculpture exhibition, Floating Land is now solidified one of Australia’s......

Leading Korean percussionist Yoonsang Choi and awarding winning Australian composer Leah Barclay will premiere their new work ‘Breath’ at Blossom Land on December 10th 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. ‘Breath’ is an electroacoustic theatre work for percussion and electronics that builds on the technology developed......

[By Sandra Conte] Award winning artist Leah Barclay’s stunning Sound Mirrors installation at Noosa Regional Gallery is in its final week, closing on November 21. Leah selected Noosa for the world premiere of the installation in order to pay homage to the Noosa River and......

ABC Cross media journalist Candice Marshall produced a radio feature on Sound Mirrors during the exhibition. Listen to the podcast here and read the full article here; River soundscapes By Candice Marshall Local artist Leah Barclay has travelled the world to record the sounds of......

Leah’s latest work ‘Sound Mirrors’ officially opens at the Noosa Regional Gallery on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 6.00 pm. The exhibition opening will include a live performance and launch of the limited edition CD ‘Transient Landscapes’, featuring works from the Sound Mirrors installation. Sound Mirrors was selected......

Leah spent June, July and August of 2010 working on various projects throughout Asia which included the publication of her latest research at the International EMS Conference in Shanghai, China. Her paper, titled “Sonic Dialects: Explorations in Intercultural Electroacoustic Music”, argues that intercultural electroacoustic music......

(Published 25/06/10 – Noosa News / Sunshine Coast Daily) This talented young woman is the definition of ‘jetsetter’. Just four hours after speaking with multi-award winning artist and composer Leah Barclay, she was to catch a flight to Shanghai. Ms Barclay had spent a short six weeks......

Leah Barclay has returned to India for collaborative projects and performances with Nada Laya in preparation for their next studio album and tour in late 2010. In addition to this she has been in an intensive period of creative development with leading dancer and choreographer Hema......

Leah Barclay completed an Asialink residency at Art Center Nabi in October to December 2009. As part of the residency she completed eight new works that fused Korean traditional music with the infinite possibilities of technology. She collaborated with the likes of master taegum artist......

Leah Barclay’s latest article “Sustainable Sonic Art in a 360° World” was published in Issue 225 of Art Monthly Australia with guest editor Douglas Kahn. This issue is dedicated to sound art in Australia with a diversity of articles from leading practitioners in the field.......

Leah Barclay’s project “Sound Mirrors” has been selected as one of four national projects for the HELM Arts Award in 2010. HELM is a new initiative from the Queensland Conservation Council and The Australia Council for the Arts with mentoring support from leading community cultural......

Leah has just completed several new commissions in Australia including Static Architecture  www.staticarchitecture.com  and is in the process of finishing Eco Sonus www.ecosonus.com that will launch in May 2009. Sounds from Eco Sonus will also appear in the Sonic Babylon project with American internet pioneers Nora Farrell and William......

Leah has just returned to Australia after a three month collaborative project working in Kerala, South India in early 2009. During this time she performed extensively with the Nada Laya ensemble – an innovative collective based in Kerala, South India featuring acclaimed musicians from India, Australia,......

Leah Barclay has been selected for a prestigious Asialink Performing Artist Residency in 2009 where she will spend three months at the Art Centre Nabi in Soeul, South Korea. Asialink is Australia’s leading centre for the promotion of public understanding of the countries of Asia......

Premier Anna Bligh revealed the recipient of the inaugural Premier of Queensland’s National New Media Art Award and Scholarship today. The prestigious biennial award stands as Australia’s most significant prize for new media art; a contemporary art practice that reflects the cutting edge, innovative mores......

The JB Seed Grant Program continues to nurture new talent and annually attracts a wide and eclectic range of applicants from around the nation. With the key theme of self sustainability the JB Seed allows artists to create new and innovative works
 by offering strategic......