Cheddar Frequencies

Creating an audio portrait of the Cheddar Valley

Cheddar Frequencies invites residents of Cheddar and the surrounding villages to record fascinating stories and share amazing tales that celebrate local culture, unearth hidden memories and depict the location in a new light.

Using sound recording equipment participants from community groups in Cheddar have created spoken-word self-portraits capturing distinctive ambient sounds of the locality

Participants have learned  how to edit their sounds and co-create a physical sound-artwork which will be installed in the village in May

Public workshops were also held at the Cheddar Library.

The finished work was exhibited at Cheddar Arts Quarter 3rd -15th  May.

Meet the Artist

Richard Tomlinson, Artist and Creative Technologist

Richard Tomlinson works as a freelance artist and creative technologist based in Somerset. His practice combines the production of audiovisual artwork such as video installation and sound-art with facilitation of community engagement projects. Over the past 20 years Richard has collaborated with a number of arts and culture organisations including: The South West Heritage Trust, Somerset Art Works, Activate Performing Arts, Take Art, Mendip Hills AONB, Pavilion Dance South West, The Museum of Somerset and Plymouth City Museum. He has facilitated a wide range of community engagement projects with tangible results including: photographic exhibitions, video sequences, sound art, animation, video games, interactive installations and outdoor projections. Richard worked as Creative Technologist over an eight-year period on the Ignite Somerset initiative, a project managed by Somerset Film and funded by Arts Council England. Richard was awarded an MA in Art & Design Advanced Practice and Theory, specialising in Photography and Digital Media, from the University of Derby.