Sound, Light and Dance to transform York Castle Gateway this Autumn


“We’ve had some remarkable applications, which really highlight the incredible bank of creative talent to be found within the city"

Tom Higham, Mediale Director.



If you've had your ear to the ground in York over the last few months, the York Mediale's call out for local artists to submit bids to the Castle Gateway area won't have passed you by. Following the public call, an independent panel of local and national experts have selected three of the best projects to receive part of a £40,000 fund to realise the ambitious plans of City of York Council for the future of the Castle Gateway area.

1. Common Ground Theatre in collaboration with Hannah Bruce & Co.

The first project will be an audio exploration and tour of the area led by Hannah Davies. Hannah is an exceptional and dynamic artist and theatre-maker, who used her unique skills to create an interactive Baba Yaga tour of Piccadilly Car Park during York Mediale 2018, and will apply similar skills – including 3D sound played through headphones attached to a mobile phone – to reflect the past and future of the site through poetry and spoken word.

2. Kaizen Arts Agency x English Heritage

Led by Rebecca Carr, Kaizen Arts CIC, which is based at Spark:York within the Castle Gateway area, will be coordinating a large-scale projection onto Clifford’s Tower, in a joint project with English Heritage. Working with the Centre for Applied Human Rights and the Guild of Media Arts, the team will commission four artists to work on a four-week public consultation, including meeting with school and youth groups across the city, before York-based Inkblot Films creates a series of four films to be mapped and projected onto the historic monument.

3. York Dance Space

York Dance Space will produce the final interdisciplinary display, featuring dance, music, film and animation created by young people aged 13 to 25. The project will include a performance in Castle Car Park, with animated visuals on an LED screen, and atmospheric sound and specially-composed music played through headphones to the audience across two days.


“Each of the projects selected will have some aspect of free public performance and engage with a wider audience as they are put together. The projects will involve schools and historians to create engaging experiential artworks that explore the past of this key site, and offer some unique insights into what people think its future should, and could, hold.”

Tom Higham, Mediale Director.

The projects form part of City of York Council’s consultation on the city centre space, using sound, light and dance to reference the past whilst looking to the future of the iconic site. The project is funded through Leeds City Region Business Rates Pool, which allows local authorities to retain growth in business rates for local investment.


Read more on the York Mediale website.

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