About Radio Droogdok

Watching & Listening to live event transmission from the festival

Jetlag Festival, ADM Amsterdam, 2108


2018 Radio Droogdok: Transition Transmissions

Actively archiving engineers of the imagination, pioneer spirit and in-between spaces.

In this initiative to reflect on and link creative hubs and cultural free havens, an interactive exchange was developed with Dutch NDSM-based artist Valerie van Leersum.  Soundscape podcasts were created especially for Valerie to catch during her ‘Places in Drift’ residency at SVA.  A live link was made between the Radio Droogdok radio hut in various Dutch dockside locations and SVA.  Visitors entered the exhibition gallery cupboard in SVA Stroud, to find themselves sitting ‘in the hut’ in conversation, via skype.

In one such instance, Tara & Jonny Fluffypunk had a crackle of an idea through the digital airwaves, and this years development of Test Transmissions was born…

Tune in – Turn up – Join the conversation!

Tara Downs combines art, anthropology and museology in installations created with partner Bart Sabel, as Miniature Museum.

Radio Droogdok is her sonic off shoot that launched in April 2018 on resoundradio.org for SVA SITE Festival. She collected and sculpted stories into a series of ‘Transition Transmissions’ – broadcasts from Dutch docklands to post-industrial Stroud from a Miniature Museum-Radio Droogdok mobile radio hut.

This year a new venture is launching with the Radio Droogdok radio hut taking a weeks hut-in-residence at Museum In The Park, and presenting a new collaboration with Jonny Fluffypunk.  Jonny will be performing his show from the hut ‘Test Transmission From The Edge of The World’ as part of Stroud Theatre Festival. 

Thanks to Stroud Festival in supporting this happening!  An Arts Council England application is currently in process for R&D from here on, so watch this space….

Contact us to take part and look out for the Radio Droogdok hut in unexpected places…


The Radio Hut

The Radio Hut is a mobile interactive art space themed around radio and its interplay with community and the imagination – a miniature museum of radio that can tour around different places, collecting site-specific stories and playing them back as an interactive installation.

Radio Droogdok was first conceived as a sound connection between creative spaces – SVA in Stroud and creative communities ADM and NDSM in the docklands of Amsterdam – and was supported by Arts Council England. Visitors on both sides were able to step into an evocative, otherworldy little tin shed and start a conversation with a curious passerby on the other side. In this first iteration, the Radio Hut proved to be a playful, spontaneous and intimate space for experiment and connection.

Our beautiful little tin hut, which formed the shell of the Radio Droogdok installation, is being fitted out with bespoke ‘Bakelite digital’ audio and recording equipment, towards touring as a ready-to-roll, self-contained multi-media ‘art hub’. It makes an attractive and effective collaborator both as ‘pop-up’ partner at (for instance) more ‘formal’ museums as well as on a wide range of community projects. A primary function of the hut is a ‘gathering and broadcasting station’: drawing on crowdsourced voices, stories and experience to produce ‘site-specific responses’- ‘audio art’, podcasts and live spoken word theatre.

Launching This September The Radio Hut plays host to an emergent collaborative art piece, conceived and brought to life with spoken word artist and theatre-maker Jonny Fluffypunk. This new iteration of the project is a fusion of museum, installation and micro theatre space.  Jonny wrote a bespoke theatre show about the magic of radio – “Test Transmissions from the Edge of the World –  which will be performed in and around The Radio Hut at the Museum in The Park as part of Stroud Theatre Festival.

Radio Droogdok is funded thanks to Arts Council England
and support of SVA, NDSM, ADM & Landbouwbelang

Extra thanks to...
Jo Leahy of SVA for the opportunity and inspiration
Valerie van Leersum for research explorations and creative collaborations
Maco Euan McAleece for initiation into podcasting
Swampwood for all beautiful Radio Droogdok designs
MrsThinkyThoughtHead for website mentoring & development