I am a sound artist, digital artist, educator, blogger, and arts consultant. I work in and through many artforms, but almost everything has some connection to the sound of the world around us (or around me, anyway). I am also the Programme Leader for the Arts & Ecology at Schumacher College, and an outspoken advocate for ecological arts practice.
I have been a full-time academic (including Senior Research Fellowships at Dartington College of Arts and Middlesex University, was Director of Contemporary Music at the Oberlin Conservatory, and an undergraduate and postgraduate lecturer at numerous institutions in the US and UK. I was the Award Leader for the MA Arts & Ecology at Dartington College before the college closed in 2010.
From 2000 on I moved away from full-time teaching to dedicate more time to creative practice. From 1995 to 2006 I was Artistic Co-Director of half/angel, a dance-theatre company creating magical theatre with movement, words, story, and sound. We showed work in many different countries, had a number of residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and in 2005 undertook two major commission for Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture. You can find the archive website here.
From 1997 to 2012 I was a co-Director and Trustee of Aune Head Arts, the company founded to make meaning about rural place, particularly Dartmoor and Devon. You can find AHA’s archive website here. During this time I was responsible for developing and/or producing most of the company’s major projects.
I left AHA at the end of 2012 because I was once again completely distracted from my own creative practice (although being a Producer is of course a valid creative practice in its own right). Now I own richardpovall.net, and undertake creative project, consultancy, and limited contract work. I produce and present a weekly radio show on Soundart Radio called AHA Radio (Thursdays at 10am). This website is the current iteration of my work.