We have held Radio Arts  Workshops at:

The Tate Britain, V and A,  Turner Contemporary, Duchamp Festival, Whitstable Biennale, The Old Lookout Gallery, Turner Contemporary Margate, The Beaney Museum, LV21, Folkestone Triennale, Jerwood Arts Space and the Supernormal Festival. Find more recent photos on our facebook page

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Make Dream Vessels at the Turner Contemporary

Sat 20 Jun, 10am – 4pm, free, Inspired by Grayson Perry’s vivid ceramics and surrealist radio, Radio Arts artists Jim Backhouse, Magz Hall and Tim Pickup lead a one-day workshop making a set of radiophonic ‘Dream Vessels’. Participants will be building transmitters onto the pots and broadcasting their dreams for this new participatory installation work. Thanks to artist Maggie Williams for making the p

Rasberry Pi radio workshop 26th June 10- 4pm at Horsebridge Arts Centre, Whitstable. A practical workshop building streamboxes with the Raspberry Pi minicomputer. Participants will make a streambox to take away (parts available at cost). There will be assorted equipment, enough for people to work with.Led by Grant Smith and Max Baraitser from Sound Camp


10.00 – 13.00

Introduction to live audio streaming: the Raspberry Pi, audio, the Locus Sonus map interface. Building Pi streamboxes: accessing the Pi directly, via SSH, via web web interface; working with Linux, Alsa and Darkice. Pi audio: working with the Cirrus Logic and other soundcards, Locus Sonus map interface: Accounts, functionality

14.00 – 16.00

Mobile applications – Streaming / Testing
If people want to take a Pibox home, they can buy the equipment from Grant at cost, or bring their own. If people have a clear sense in advance of how they want to use the Pi, I can advise on what to buy. This partly depends on what recording equipment and microphones people have or don’t have already.

Free workshop but places are limited book by emailing


Radio Book workshops at the Beaney

 Led by artist Magz Hall , Jim Backhouse and Tim Pickup to make transmitting FM radio books at the The Beaney Gallery and Museum Canterbury Kent.

Participants need to bring a hard back book of their choice which they want to work with and transform and do not mind hammering copper nails into. The workshop is happening over two Saturdays Sat April 25th and Sat May2nd  10am – 4pm, to book a place email put book workshop in the header. This workshop will involve simple electronics and soldering and basic recording and sound editing which will be instructed. This is open to all levels in these areas but participants must be over 18.

Week 1:  Bring a hardback book which you will learn how to make into a mini FM transmitting book and work on sound and spoken content ideas for your book to give listeners the essence of the book (this is a taster workshop so you will not be required to record the whole book )

Week 2:   Record and edit together content for your book which will be exhibited at our Switched On event.

The workshops is inspired by Magz Hall transmitting radio book spiritual radio more details found at these links and below

and full details of the project are here


LiSTen OuT – FREE 2 day workshop during Folkestone Triennial 11th-12th October

“Listen Out” will explore Folkestone through ‘radio graffiti’. Over two days we will be making a public installation for FM Radios, making tiny pirate radio stations using micro-FM transmitters which you will learn how to make. No experience is necessary, just your creative ideas as you learn how to record and edit to create ‘sound tags’ of Folkestone people and places across the city. This participatory work will become a radio installation at the Harbour Hub on the final day.


Radio Arts will be running a two day workshop to produce a new participatory radio art work for the Triennial with artists Magz Hall and Jim Backhouse. Participants will learn to build a micro FM transmitter and learn recording and editing skills around a theme called LISTEN OUT !

No previous experience required however this is only open to those over the age of 18. …

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Siren Radio Arts Workshop
31st May 2014, 10am – 3pm
Horsebrige Arts Centre

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Radio Arts Transmitter Workshop
25th January 2014, 10am – 4pm
The Beany, House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury



AM Radio Building Workshop
27th November 2013
LV21, Western Arm, Pier Approach Road, Gillingham


Make your own Radio. Part of the Lookout project a Radio Arts residency with Colin Turner radio operator of the Lightship LV21, Medway.

Margate Soundscapes

12th October 2013, 10am – 4pm
Turner Contemporary, Margate


A free one-day Radio Art workshop

Radio Recall

30th August – 4th September 2013, 11am – 4pm daily
The Old Lookout Gallery, 35 Harbour St, Broadstairs CT10 1

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Radio Recall Workshop
Recording Radio Memories

30th August 2013, 11am – 3pm, free
The Old Lookout Gallery, 35 Harbour St, Broadstairs CT10 1


Artist Magz Hall will be running a workshop recording local memories of radio, if you’d like to take part in this participatory radio project and installation, while learning some recording and interviewing skills, please email to register your interest.

Magz Hall is also collecting working FM radios any type and your radio memories for the Radio Recall Installation bring them to the Old Lookout Gallery from 30th -4th September 11-4pm.

Workshops are supported by Radio Arts, Kent County Council and the Expanded Radio Research Group, Canterbury Christ Church University.

Radio Art Workshop

3rd August 2013, 10am – 4pm
Beach Creative, Beach Street, Herne Bay CT6 5PT


Invoking the spirit of Dada, this Radio Arts workshop offered the opportunity to record and micro-broadcast your own ‘Radical Vox-Pops’, twisting the spoken voice of the public into strange and unfamiliar shapes.

For more info on the Festival and Symposium go to:

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Mini FM  Step-By-Step Guide :


1: connect points A – A; points B – B; points C – C; points D – D with connecting wire (trim the plastic coating from each end to expose the core – approx 1cm)

2: make a coil from insulated copper wire; cut approx 10cm of wire; remove the insulating enamel from each end of the wire (about 5 mm) using a file or sandpaper; wind the copper wire around a pencil four times to make a coil, leaving two ‘legs’ either side which will insert in your circuit between the two ‘COIL‘ points.

3: connect your transistor 2sc2001 to the circuit, the ’rounded’ face of the component facing towards the bottom left of the circuit board: the middle leg connects to point ‘TR c’ on the diagram; the leg to the right connects to ‘TR b’; the left leg to point ‘TR e’.

4: connect your 1uf electrolytic capacitor to the circuit between points 1uf+ and 1uf-. This component has a positive and negative polarity: the -ve pole has a shorter leg and is marked with a white band on the side of the component. Connect this side to point ’1uf-’ and the +ve side to ’1uf+’.

5: connect your trimmer capacitor between points ‘tcap’ and ‘tcap’ on the circuit. This component will allow you to ‘tune’ your transmitter’s broadcast frequency.

6: connect one 10nf capacitor between points ’10nf’ and ’10nf’

7: connect another 10nf capacitor between points ’10nf (a)’ and ’10nf (a)’

8: connect your 10pf capacitor between points ’10pf’ and ’10pf’

9: connect your 10k resistor between ’10k’ and ’10k’

10: and one 27k resistor between ’27k’ and ’27k’

11: and one 470 ohm resistor between ’470′ and ’470′

12: take your audio cable; using pliers strip back the black plastic outer casing to reveal one black, one red and one green wire. Strip these back carefully to reveal about 5mm of the copper wire inside each. Twist the black and red wires together and twist the strands together in the green ‘earth’ wire together.

13: insert the red/black wire into point ‘AU+‘ on your circuit and the green wire into ‘AU-‘ (hold these in using pins to hold secure)

14: insert the red (+ve) connector from your battery-clip into ‘+‘ on the circuit and the black (-ve) connector to ‘-’.