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14th September 7.30pm – 10pm

We’re pleased to invite you to join us for the official launch of YSWN as a Community Interest Company! Hear how YSWN has made a difference as we celebrate our work to date. Find out how you can contribute to supporting women in sound and hear performances by inspirational musicians!

Featuring performances from Supriya Nagarajan, Cyanching Wu and DJ Abigail Ward, plus an open studio with SONA as they share progress on a sound installation currently in development.


Yorkshire Sound Women Network (YSWN) was founded in 2015 by women working in the sound technology industry who wanted to use their skills and influence to address gender and racial inequality. Our mission is to support a flourishing industry which welcomes, encourages and progresses the inclusion of women at all levels from studio floor to board room, and reflects the diversity of its participating communities.

YSWN enables the artistic and technical development of women and girls through access to resources, skills sharing, and collaborative opportunities. To date, we have delivered over 80 workshops, inspired new regional groups across Yorkshire and beyond, and are planning industry and education activities aligned to our new Business Plan.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Supriya Nagarajan, the founding member and CEO of Manasamitra, a UK based arts organisation, is a Bombay born Indian musician, who studied Carnatic Vocal music from the age of five. Supriya’s work intersects with scientific enquiry and she has developed new work around the theme of lullaby with partners in Oslo, Helsinki and Iceland. She is currently involved with a large scale experimental choir work to be presented at the prestigious Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2018.

Cyanching Wu is a Taiwanese composer based in London, inspired by history, social observation and psychology and political contradiction. She has produced music for short films, and experimental dance theatre exhibiting in Taiwan and also at the Sibu International Dance Festival in Malaysia. Her current work focuses on sampling and exploring music elements hidden within the music she listens to, applying a minimalist aesthetic to articulate a political voice.

Abigail Ward is a curator, musician and DJ. Her work explores the place at which music, politics and protest meet. She has recently produced an audio documentary commissioned by Manchester Pride marking 30 years since Section 28 – the last piece of anti-gay legislation in the UK – was enacted. For 10 years she has been documenting the history of LGBT+ music and club life in Greater Manchester through her Queer Noise project. She is a co-founder of Manchester Digital Music Archive and has a quarterly radio show on NTS Live.

Born out of regular Sheffield meet-ups of the Yorkshire Sound Women Network, SONA is a Sheffield-based group which fosters skills, creates space, generates networks, and forges collaboration to support women in learning and experimenting with sound and music practices. The collective, established in March 2016, meets monthly in Sheffield on the first Thursday of the month and is always open to new women members. Their Open Studio will present progress on a new sound installation as part of the 2018/19 Sound and Music Composer-Curator programme.

Photo credit: Will Bedford