Sound Arts and New Music in Cumbria.


Octopus Collective are an international sound art and new music organisation based in a public park on Cumbria’s Furness Peninsula. We produce and commission new work from the most innovative of contemporary composers and sound artists under the Full of Noises banner. Commissioned works are presented through a programme of residencies, performances and public realm installations, whilst touring events are produced in partnership with other arts organisations and regional and national agencies.

Since forming in 2009, we have produced over one hundred events, including four biennial festivals, showcasing new work by over two hundred artists, ranging from Faust, AGF, Hildur Gudnadottir and Tetsuo Kogawa to Laura Cannell, Lee Patterson, Lee Gamble and Ryoko Akama. Touring events have taken place in venues including London’s Cafe OTO, the Liverpool Biennial, the Sao Paulo Biennial, Beacons Festival and National Trust Castles in the Lake District.

Read our recent publication, ‘Remote Possibilities’ here or visit our events page for upcoming concerts, workshops and other events.