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Ron Wright

Senior Lecturer in Sound


As a practitioner of sound in film and art Ron is interested in exploring the idea of landscape in both physical and psych-spatial terms. His work centres around psycho-geography and its inverse relationship – how environment affects us and conversely how we create and fashion our own subconscious terrain - creating space for ideas, reflection and refuge. Ron uses sound as an experimental narrative tool to investigate 'punctums' - gaps in space and time and subtextual suggestion, the spaces between words and action, that uncertain space that exists in between inertia and activity where ideas and energy form and grow.


Working on sound projects for screen, installation and live performance and developing further collaborative projects with Neil Webb and Susannah Gent.

Ron teaches all aspects of sound theory and practice for the media subject group from undergraduate to postgraduate. Designed an MA in Sound Design to come online for people who want to work in the creative field of sound design for film, digital media arts and sound art and empowers the student to author their own sonically motivated projects and explore the intersections with other disciplines. Ron adopts a broad approach to sonic culture and has a track record of innovative work as a sound practitioner including award winning feature 'Jelly Dolly' directed by Susannah Gent, Sci-Art Exhibition 'Hylo' with lens-based artist Andy Eccleston and experimental immersive multi-channel AV and sound pieces such as 'Rift' with Neil Webb.


Journal articles

Schofield, J., & Wright, R. (2021). Sonic Heritage, Identity and Music-making in Sheffield, “Steel City”. Heritage & Society.

Book chapters

Wright, R., & Schofield, J. (2021). The city as archive: How industry and electronic music forged Sheffield’s sonic identity. In Music and Heritage: New Perspectives on Place-making and Sonic Identity. (pp. 91-102).


Beban, B., Sprung, S., & Wright, R. (2001). STILL: solo exhibition. [Catalogue and DVD]. Kunstmuseum, Thun, Switzerland.

Wright, R., & Eccleston, A. (2004). Hylo: explorations of Sci-Art. [Catalogue]. Impressions Gallery, York.

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

Wright, R. (2011). Over The Bones. [DVD]. Rotterdam.

Ginsborg, C., & Wright, R. (n.d.). Melior Street. [DVD].

Wright, R. (2010). Bolthole. [cd]. Vane Gallery, Newcastle.

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

Wright, R. (2011). Placard Headphone festival. [live performance]. Access Space Sheffield.

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.

Wright, R. (n.d.). Vantage Point as part of Terminus exhibition. [short films]. Park Hill, Sheffield.

Wright, R. (n.d.). Vantage Point as part of Terminus exhibition. [short films]. Park Hill, Sheffield.

Gent, S., Watson, A., Lee, J., Wichert, P., Robinson, S., Robinson, A., ... Lazenby, M. (2018). Walk Out. [Video, photography, and sculpture]. Sheffield Institute for Art.


Wright, R. (2018). SonUrban 01. Replugged, Vienna, Austria

Wright, R. (2012). Restless. Sheffield Winter Gardens

Wright, R. (2007). Spindrift live surround sound performance. Consortium, The Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam

Cotterrell, D. (2018). Thought Curfew. Ubumuntu, Arts festival, Kigali, Rwanda, July 2018

Wright, R. (2019). SonUrban 2. Ohm, Tresor, Koepenicker Str. 70 | Mitte, 10179 Berlin, Germany ttps://


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

Wright, R., & Gent, S. (2014). The Blast. [Video].

Wright, R., & Gent, S. (2012). The Blast. [Video]. Chat Olympiad 2012:

Heath, V., Sprung, S., & Wright, R. (2009). My Dangerous Loverboy. [HD Digital Video]. United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre:

Wright, R. (2004). You are my favourite chair: sound production of 35mm short film. [DVD].

Wright, R., & Gent, S. (2003). Jelly Dolly: sound design for feature-length film. [DVD]. Blackhorse Entertainment [distributor]

Wright, R. (2001). Dish: sound design for 35mm short film. [DVD].

Gent, S., Hall, C., & Wright, R. (n.d.). Jelly Dolly feature film. [DVD]. Cornerstone Media International


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

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