Neil Webb

Neil Webb

Senior Lecturer in Sound Design


I am a practising artist based in Sheffield, working predominantly with sound. My practice includes sound installation, video, performance, curation, CD releases (under the name 'bocman'), and I am a founder member of Host Artists Group. I am now a senior lecturer in sound at Sheffield Hallam University.


2003 saw performances by bocman at Sheffield Hallam University, The MAXIS Festival, Leeds, the annual Sonic Artists Network Conference in Sheffield and the release of the CD 'Somewhere Nowhere'. I also curated the events 'Sounds Recorded for an Empty Nightclub' as part of Sheffield 03 and Host 4: Cinema in 2004.

In 2004 my work continued to develop through collaboration, including my work with Host Artists Group. I have produced a range of audio and audio-visual installations, including 'Scramble', a collaboration with artist Michael Day.

In 2005 I undertook a residency at Hull Time Based Arts creating the installation and CD, 'The Inside Underneath'. I also completed a long-standing project, 'Solaristics' inspired by Stanislaw Lem's book and Andrei Tarkovsky's film Solaris.

I was selected for an artist's residency, Signal-to-Noise Ratio at the Tower Atelier in Neuhausen, Germany. During the residency I created two new works, a multi-channel sound installation titled 'Across the Field' and a video installation titled 'Heaven up Here'.

During 2006 I created a new sound installation 'Invisible Resonance 2' for the Consortium Gallery in Amsterdam, screened two video works, 'Slow Motion Static' and 'Tide Time' at the Sound Practice conference at Goldsmith's University, London. The video work 'Enter the Underworld' has also been screened in Liverpool as part of the 37 Seconds BBC big screen project. The bocman project continued with performances at the Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam and in England. The CD 'Motion Static' was also released.

2007 saw the making of a multi-channel audio visual installation in collaboration with Ron Wright titled 'The Breach' and making the multi-channel sound installation 'The Stars in Us All' for Bloc Space in Sheffield. I was also commissioned to contribute a visual work and tie in sound piece, 'Sheffield's New Steel Dream' for the publication The Sheffield Pavilion which was launched at the Venice Biennale. Other commissions included a podcast titled 'Radio Stars' for the Sound Network and Folly Gallery.

In 2008 I was commissioned to create a new audio installation in Sheffield's Winter Gardens. Titled 'Adrift', this was part of the city-wide event Sheffield 08 Yes, No Other Options.


Department of Media Arts and Communication

College of Business, Technology and Engineering



Wright, R., & Webb, N. (2011). Rift. [DVD]. Platform China. Beijing, China.

Webb, N. (n.d.). ADRIFT. [Multi Channel Sound Installation with tie in CD release]. Sheffield.

Webb, N. (2009). OTHERLINESS. [CD/DVD]. Vane Gallery Newcastle.

Webb, N., & Wright, R. (2012). Summoning Shadows. [Installation, film and performance]. Montgomery Hall, Sheffield.

Webb, N., & Wright, R. (2012). Summoning Shadows. [Installation, film and performance]. Montgomery Hall, Sheffield.

Webb, N., & Dutton, S. (2012). End of ends. [Installation and website]. x-church, Gainsborough.


Wright, R., & Webb, N. (2019). Burning Pool. [a package that contains vinyl, dvd , artwork]. Bandcamp:

Webb, N. (2011). Ghost Block.


Webb, N., & Wright, R. (2010). A colony provides a safe haven. Presented at: The Contingency of Curation, Tate Britain, 2010

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