Dr Alan Dunn, Reader

Dr Alan Dunn


Dr Alan Dunn is a Reader in Art & Design and Research Student Co-ordinator and has been with Leeds Beckett University since 2008. He currently teaches on undergrad Fine Art and supervises practice-based PhDs.

Alan studied at Glasgow School of Art and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His research explores new models for curating content for non-gallery audiences and his PhD considered the relationship between sound art and the everyday. 

Alan (b. 1967, Glasgow) was curator of The Bellgrove Station Billboard Project (Glasgow 1990-91), lead artist on the tenantspin project (FACT, Liverpool 2001-7) and completed his PhD at Leeds Beckett University on sound art based on the 10xCD opus 'The sounds of ideas forming.' He has developed collaborations with The Big Issue, Shelter, Great North Run, Channel 4, BBC Radio and MIT Press; he runs the cantaudio sound art label and has published/curated numerous zines including ZERO PLAN, TATA and TOP TEN.

Through these projects, Alan has developed collaborative content with Bill Drummond, Douglas Gordon, Yoko Ono, Bikini Kill, Philip Jeck, redmentv, Pauline Oliveros, Einsturzende Neubauten and Brian Eno. He currently lives and works in Liverpool City Region. In 2012 he was short-listed for the Liverpool Art Prize and has been the joint arts editor of the online journal Stimulus Respond, Board Member of East Street Arts (2016-20) and basementartsproject (2021-date) in Leeds and is co-founder of Alternator Studio in Birkenhead.

Current Teaching

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art

Research Interests

Alan has been developing experimental sound workshops in dementia care homes and is lead Investigator on the AHRC-funded project considering sound, increased care for our oceans and the short stories of Malcolm Lowry in relation to the Isle of Man. The ‘Where the Arts Belong’ research project between Bluecoat and Belong examined the impact of contemporary art, including sound, within dementia care home settings, including during Covid. The project has won national awards, including the Markel Third Sector Care Award (2022) and has been presented at exhibitions in Liverpool and Chester.

Dr Alan Dunn, Reader

Ask Me About

  1. Art
  2. Covid-19
  3. Dementia
  4. Literature
  5. Sound
  6. Speech and Language Therapy

Selected Outputs

  • Dunn A (2015) Music for The Williamson Tunnels: A collection of the sound of dripping water, cited Sounding the Limits of Life: Essays in the Anthropology of Biology and Beyond.

  • Dunn A (2011) Douglas Gordon: Self portrait of you and me (blue skies). In: Ways of looking: evidence. Impressions Gallery, Bradford, pp. 16-19.

  • Dunn A (2011) Bellgrove to Lime Street, Return. In: Parry B ed. Cultural Hijack. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, pp. 221-242.

  • Dunn A (2016) SuperBlock. In: DWELLING AND ITS DISCONTENTS: ART, HOME AND ECONOMY, 15 July 2016, ProtoHome, Newcastle.

  • Dunn A (2014) The sounds of ideas forming. 15 May 2014 - 17 May 2014.

  • Dunn A (2014) The sounds of ideas forming: Artists' uses of the word revolution. In: Sound Art Curating Conference, 15 May 2014 - 17 May 2014, Goldsmiths, University of London and The Courtauld Institute of Art..

  • Dunn A (In press) INVISIBLE OBJECT.

  • Dunn A (2016) Sechzig.

  • Dunn A (2016) Listening Booth.

  • Dunn A (2015) The sounds of an art school, with Chris Watson and Leeds Beckett students.

  • Dunn A (2015) Broadcast of The Ghost Telegrams, as part of Radipphrenia, curated by Mark Vernon.

  • Dunn A (2015) Music for empty spaces.

  • Dunn A (2015) NUMBERS.FM.

  • Dunn A (2015) Project Radio.

  • Dunn A (2015) RADIO ON.

  • Dunn A (2015) The Dark Outside FM/Sanctuary.

  • Dunn A (2014) (h)ear XL II.

  • Dunn A (2014) Sound Museum of Silence.

  • Dunn A (2014) RADIO ON.

  • Dunn A (2014) basic.fm.

  • Dunn A (2014) PMS, BBC Radio Merseyside.

  • Dunn A (2013) Intermission.

  • Dunn A (2013) Walking in the city.

  • Dunn A (2013) Süden Radio.

  • Dunn A (2013) Radio Panik 105.4fm.

  • Dunn A (2013) Soundartradio.

  • Dunn A (2013) Secret Thirteen.

  • Dunn A (2013) Radio Panik 105.4FM.

  • Dunn A (2012) Artists' uses of the word 'revolution'.

  • Dunn A (2012) Droit de cities: Artists' uses of the word 'revolution'.

  • Dunn A (2012) Maggots to Markets.

  • Dunn A (2012) Liverpool Art Prize.

  • Dunn A (2012) Black Dogs FM.

  • Dunn A (2011) SHAFT.

  • Dunn A (2011) The Zone.

  • Dunn A (2011) A history of background.

  • Dunn A (2010) Soundgate.

  • Dunn A (2010) Short Fuse.

  • Dunn A (2010) All the lonely people.

  • Dunn A (2008) Ends & Entries.

  • Dunn A (2008) nogozones, webradio broadcast and limited edition audio CD curated by Claudia Wegener and Terry Humphrey.

  • Dunn A (2014) The sounds of an artist with a bag - Radio Continental Drift [Online]

    Available from: http://alandunn67.co.uk/stimulus6.html

  • Dunn A (2012) Ailis Ni Riain [Online]

  • Dunn A (2012) Black Online [Online]

  • Dunn A (2011) Bill Drummond’s Curfew Tower [Online]

  • Dunn A (In press) Please Hold Magazine.

  • Dunn A (2016) Pictures of… Four Words on a giant electronic billboard.

  • Dunn A (2012) SOUNDWORKS.

  • Dunn A (2012) "Soundtrack to a catastrophic world" review by norient.

    Reviewed by: norient in norient (NETWORK FOR LOCAL AND GLOBAL SOUNDS AND MEDIA CULTURE),

  • Dunn A (2011) "A history of background" review by Clive Bell.

    Reviewed by: Bell C in The Wire, (329),

  • Dunn A (2014) The sounds of ideas forming: the relationship between sound art and the everyday. [PhD Thesis]. Leeds Metropolitan University.

  • Dunn A (2016) DadaSounds.

  • Dunn A (2016) FOUR WORDS.

  • Dunn A (2016) Invisible Object.

  • Dunn A (2015) Radiophrenia.

  • Dunn A (2015) goldonred.

  • Dunn A (2015) Grey library for a closed airport.

  • Dunn A (2015) Other Worlds Festival of Experimental Music and Sound Art.

  • Dunn A (2015) work on the line.

  • Dunn A (2015) PNEM Sound Art Festival.

  • Dunn A (2015) The Winter's Tale UK International Radio Drama Festival.

  • Dunn A (2014) Transnational Express.

  • Dunn A (2013) Electronic Voice Phenomenon.

  • Dunn A (2013) Art Lab.

  • Dunn A (2013) noises festival.

  • Dunn A (2013) Composers Laboratory.

  • Dunn A (2012) Liverpool Art Prize.

  • Dunn A (2012) Open Curate-It.

  • Dunn A (2012) Open Network.

  • Dunn A (2012) Adventures in Numb4rland.

  • Dunn A (2012) 44.

  • Dunn A (2012) Boredom.

  • Dunn A (2012) Hilltown New Music Festival.

  • Dunn A (2012) V22 Summer Radio Club.

  • Dunn A (2012) Soundwalk2012.


  • Dunn A (2011) Forest Fringe Travelling Sounds Library.

  • Dunn A (2011) A history of background.