About the College >> Richard Povall

Richard Povall

Coordinator and Senior Lecturer - Arts & Ecology

Email: richard.povall@schumachercollege.org.uk

Richard is a sound artist, digital systems designer, consultant and educator and is the Programme Leader for Arts & Ecology at Schumacher College. Recent work includes …and so the search begins, a commission from the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, and Teatime (link is external) an installation for National Trust. Recent publications include a chapter in We Assert! the manifesto of CIWEM’s Arts and Environment Network, and he guest edited a special arts and ecology edition of Digital Creativity (link is external) (Routledge). Previously he co-directed dance-theatre company half/angel (link is external) and was a founding Director of Aune Head Arts (link is external); he has taught in a variety of Universities and Conservatories in the UK and US and was formerly Director of Contemporary Music at Oberlin Conservatory in the UK and held Senior Research Fellowships at Middlesex University and Dartington College of Arts. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2010, and sits on numerous boards, including Dance in Devon (Chair), Lanternhouse International and Future’s Venture Foundation (Vice-Chair).


Coastal Path Postcards: commissioned sound boxes, for Devon Guild of Craftsmen (2014)

The Líos, an installation commissioned by the Crawford Municipal Gallery of Art in Cork. This two-room installation evoked the voices of a Lios (an old coastal ringfort site said to be imbued with magical properties) from the residents of Warren Beach in East Cork. One room is a multichannel interactive audio installation using audio diaries from three months of walking on the beach, and the other a multichannel interactive audio installation in which water is the interactive medium, with the voices of old and young residents of the area. (2004)

A representative list of venues where my work has been shown includes: The Banff Center for the Arts (Canada); Oberlin Conservatory of Music (US); Crawford Municipal Art Gallery (IRL); Triskel Arts Centre (IRL); The Dublin Fringe Festival; Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bristol; Markhälle, Hamburg (D); Exeter Phoenix; The Project, Dublin; Arizona State University (US); Duke University (US); ICA, London; FILE, Sao Paulo (Brasil); Media Centre d’Art, Barcelona (E); Telluride Opera House (US); Franklin Institute, Philadelphia (US); Corn Exchange, Dorchester; Spacex, Exeter; Experimental Intermedia, NYC (US); Boston University (US); Impakt Festival, Amsterdam (NL); Videorama, Los Angeles (US); Brighton Festival; The Kitchen, NYC (US); Federal Reserve Bank, Boston (US); Video susteti (Festival), Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzogivnia); McGill University, Montréal; and radio and TV stations across the world.


Towards an ecological practice: a manifesto in We Assert! the Manifesto of CIWEM’s Arts & Environment Network (CIWEM, London) 2012 (Refereed)

Soil (commissioned essay) for special publication on CCANW’s Soil Culture programme. CCANW 2016 ISBN 978-0-9932192-1-4.

halving angels: technology’s poem (with Gilson-Ellis), in New Visions in Performance: The Impact of Digital Technologies Ed. Carver, G. and Beardon, C. Swets & Zeitlinger (Lisse, the Netherlands) 2004 pp 55-68. ISBN 90-265-1966-4

Keynote and Chair, Contemporary Artists in Rural Contexts, Coxwold Village Hall (Yorks) (2015)

Conference Convenor: Language, Landscape & the Sublime. Dartington Hall, June 2016

Conference Convenor: The Home & The World, Dartington Hall, June 2012