Small Silence is a quietly creative organisation dedicated to improving mental health and wellbeing through the arts.
With a focus on sound and listening,
Small Silence uses sound art practices to nurture wellbeing and connect with quiet.
How we support wellbeing
What we do
The distinctive benefits of listening and sound art
for mental health and wellbeing?
Finding fascination in the everyday and reconnecting with the soundscape helps us to appreciate the simple joy of listening and draws us back to the present, acknowledging our responses and substituting unhelpful thoughts with gentle curiosity, whilst growing in acceptance and awareness.
Listening is free and available to us. It does not require the investment of time and money in instruments, lessons, rehearsal space, recording equipment.
Much of the sound art work we do is based outside and in nature. As well as encouraging exercise, being immersed in the natural world offers a host of benefits to our mental health.
Unlike working in traditional musical styles, few people have preconceptions of how sound art should sound. This liberates creativity from awkward self-consciousness, personal expectations and the threat of other's judgements.
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)