The distinctive benefits of listening and sound art

for mental health and wellbeing?

finding silence

through sound

Small Silence

About

Small Silence is a quietly creative organisation dedicated to improving mental health and wellbeing through the arts and connecting people with quiet.

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Urban Quiet Park Certification

We are working with our partners Quiet Parks International to certify the first urban quiet park in the UK.

how we support wellbeing

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Awareness

Care-full, attentive listening helps us slow down, develop a calm focus and appreciate everyday experiences more intensely, encouraging us to be more compassionate towards ourselves, others and the environment.

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Connection with others

Making art brings people together in a relaxed and friendly environment, encouraging the exchange of ideas, stories and experiences, while promoting cooperation, friendship and feelings of belonging.

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Giving

By sharing our experiences and creations we can inspire others, spark their interest, make them smile and foster understanding. Quietly connecting with others nurtures positive feelings of purpose and self-worth.

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Keeping active

Soundwalks, field recording and other slow arts activities get us out and about, benefitting our health and wellbeing.

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Learning

Sound arts practice develops a range of personal, creative and technical skills that boost self-confidence, raise self-esteem and foster a sense of purpose.

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Accessing Quiet

Small Silence is committed to protecting and promoting access to public quiet spaces, helping us to experience positive silences in the day that support our wellbeing.

What we do

wellbeing

We offer listening and sound art-based wellbeing workshops for charities, groups, businesses and other organisations.

e-health

We develop, deliver and integrate e-health initiatives that employ digital and social media for wellbeing.

education

We deliver workshops in schools, colleges, universities and non-formal educational settings exploring wellbeing through the arts.

quiet space

We work with local people and partner organisations to encourage access to quiet spaces through soundwalks, mapping, workshops and certification.

Testimonials

I just want to thank you for your field recording workshop, I really enjoyed it and would have loved to have spent more time with you for the editing process....It made me think about sound in a different way and prove very useful for my final degree show.”

— Tara (Reading University Fine Art Undergraduate)

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