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14 April 2016 - 31 July 2016


'THIS IS A VOICE' looks inside vocal tracts, restless minds and speech devices to capture the elusive nature of the human voice.

This exhibition explores how the unique grain of our voice locates us socially, geographically and psychologically and how the voice is utterly flexible and can be altered with treatment and training.

Designed as an acoustic journey, the spotlight is cast on the meaning and emotions conveyed through the patterns of rhythm, stress and intonation. Non-verbal forms of communication are emphasised, revealing the power of the voice before and beyond words.

'THIS IS A VOICE' presents works by artists and vocalists, punctuated by paintings, manuscripts, medical illustrations and ethnographic objects. Download the gallery guide below.

PDF iconTHIS IS A VOICE Gallery Guide (2 MB)

Featured contemporary artists and vocalists include Laurie Anderson, Joan La Barbara, Anna Barham, Sam Belinfante, Erik Bünger, Henri Chopin, Marcus Coates, Steven Cottingham, Enrico David, Danica Dakić, Jochen Gerz, Asta Gröting, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Mathew Herbert, Mikhail Karikis, Meredith Monk, Emma Smith, Imogen Stidworthy, Gregory Whitehead and Katarina Zdjelar.

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A series of vocal exercises to help train, project and harness the power of your voice.


Exploring disorders of speech from the Graves Medical Audiovisual Collection.


14 April 2016 - 31 July 2016

Voice hearing, young people and art. Explore the experiences and creativity of seven young voice hearers.


THIS IS A VOICE exhibition credits.

This is a voice


Your voice is a powerful instrument. You use it every single day, but do you know how to look after it? Or to get the best out of it?