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Magda Stawarska-Beavan

Magda Stawarska-Beavan

area: Sound Art

© Magda Stawarska-Beavan

© Magda Stawarska-Beavan

© Magda Stawarska-Beavan

Transliteration I © Magda Stawarska-Beavan

Transliteration III © Magda Stawarska-Beavan

Key Facts


Poland, Great Britain


Sound Art



recommending institution

TONSPUR für einen öffentlichen Raum

time period

July 2013 - July 2013

Awards and Grants:

2012: Art Council England - Grants for the Arts to complete research for a sound project entitled “Kraków to Venice in 12 hours”

Work in Public Collections:

Printmaking Museum of Douro, Câmara Municipal de Alijó, Portugal
Krakow International Print Triennial Collection, Kraków, Poland

Recent Exhibitions:

June: The Stream, Call & Response, Canada Water Culture Space, London
May – June: Guanlan International Print Biennial in Shenzhen, China
March-April: Impressit, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston

September: Horyzont MTG PrintArt Kraków - Katowice 2012, Rondo Sztuki, Katowice, Poland
August: Penpal – Brieffreundschaft, Kölner Graphikwerkstatt. Koln, Germany

Global Echo – International touring show of contemporary print
(Perth, Australia; Utah, USA; Sheffield UK; Canada)
June - Nov: KLANGHIMMEL Tonspur_extra MuseumsQuartier, Vienna
June: 16th Space International Print Biennial, OCI Museum, Seoul, Korea
April –July: Wonder Rooms - Text Festival, Bury Art Gallery

Aug - Sept: 5th International Printmaking Biennial of Douro Alijó, Portugal
April - May: In Certain Places, The Arcade, site-specific piece presented in conjuction with Place Beyond Place Symposium
May - June: Multiple Matters Künstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
Feb - April: Print without Borders International Print Triennial, HorstJanssen-Museum, Oldenburg, Germany

2009: Triple Echo - Artist in Print, shown at UCLAN, Preston; Edition Gallery, Liverpool; University of West England, Bristol
May: Palimpsest, PAD, Old Post Office, Preston

December: Analogue and Digital, Fieldgate Gallery, London
August: ArtRadio, Cornerhouse, Manchester, Broadcast of “Kino”
July: Binaural Audio Art Symposium, University of Central Lancashire,

April: 700IS Egilssta, International Film and Video art Festival, Iceland, ‘Chameleophonia’ has been short-listed for the ´Alcoa´ prize.

Sept - Nov: Retrieval, Alsager -Art Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University
Sept - Nov: In Print, Chapel Gallery, Ormiskirk
April: The Last Picture Show, sound installation, Underground Art Centre, Clitheroe
Wrexham Print International, Wrexham Arts Centre, Wrexham, Yale Memorial Gallery, Wrexham
Conversation, video installation, Centre of Contemporary Arts, University of Central Lancashire, Preston


In 2005, I completed a Masters Degree in Media Arts receiving a distinction from Manchester Metropolitan University


Production of an 8-channel sound work to be played in the TONSPUR_passage at MQ Vienna

"Kraków to Venice in 12 hours" maps a journey across Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Slovenia to Italy, visiting Krakow, Katowice, Bielsko-Biala, Ostrava, Brno, Bratislava, Vienna, Graz, Maribor, Ljubljana, Trieste and Venice.  The project captures the unique sonic identities of the 12 towns and cities, searching for similarities, connections and differences and acting as a personal and subjective audio travel guide.

The structure of a 12 hour clock forms the basis of the multichannel sound installation.  The field recordings of each place were taken within a particular hour of the day – as the day progresses the journey progresses along with it.   


I was part of the Artist-in-Residence programme at the MuseumsQuartier in July 2013.  Georg Weckwerth curator of TONSPUR invited me to present “Kraków to Venice in 12 hours” sound piece in TONSPUR_passage.  

Kraków to Venice in 12 hours is an 8 channel, 12 hour long sound piece and installation, which maps a journey across Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Slovenia to Italy, visiting Krakow, Katowice, Bielsko-Biala, Ostrava, Brno, Bratislava, Vienna, Graz, Maribor, Ljubljana, Trieste and Venice.  The project attempts to captures the unique sonic identities of the 12 cities travelled through, searching for similarities and differences.  It acts as a personal and subjective audio travel guide and a clock for the journey, mapping the movement through geographical locations over the passage of time.

During my stay at q21/MQ studios I was working on the final editing for the 8-channel, 12 hours composition.  The ability to test the piece on location, in a public space, was an important part of the creative process. The residency in quatier21 also provided me with a great opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other artists as well as to enjoy the vibrant artistic scene of Vienna during a splendid summer.

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