Culture Lab Newcastle

Staff Profile

James Davoll

Technical Manager



I have worked as a practising artist, freelance photographer, river guide, ski instructor and lecturer. I graduated from Culture Lab with a Mres in Digital Media in 2012 and returned to take on the role of Technical Manager within SACS.

My main expertise lies within lens based media and field recording. I've had the opportunity to produce work for the FutureEverything Festival, the AHRC, the BBC The Humanities Festival of Newcastle, Brighton Biennial and numerous other collaborations. I work with still and moving image, as well as sound.   



MRes Digital Media, Newcastle University - 2012

PGCE in Post Compulsory Education, Sunderland University - 2008

BA Contemporary Photographic Practice, Northumbria University - 2006


School EXEC

Faculty Health and Safety

Culture Lab Steering and Working Groups 

Athena Swan Steering Group



I'm interested in the following themes:

  • How the viewer experiences and contributes to the artwork and how this role is continually evolving with changes in society and technology
  • Landscape, migrations and place
  • Soundscape Ecology
  • Environmental Sound Art
Current Project Include:
  • Experiences of Polluted Leisure where the River Tees meets the Sea
  • Investigating the Sonic Potential and Heritage Sounds of Dorothea  Slate Quarry

Projects, Exhibitions, Work

The Dark Outside and Sanctuary Lab, Contributed work, Talnotry 

Adlais, Dorothea Quarry, Gynedd

Chwarel,  Gwynedd

CAMP residency, France

Murmur, Collaboration with David De la Haye, Prof. Julieanne Preston, Newcastle

AHRC Commons, Common Ground, York

Bridges, Collaboration with David De la Haye, Tyne Bridge

Seasons, Field Camera, Cumbria

Loops, Lines, Layers, Newcastle

Things Not Seen Archive, Ex Libris

Cloud 9, Kirkley Hall

FutureEverything Festival, Manchester

Render3, CultureLab

Emblematic Project, Newcastle

LandeScape, Hatton Gallery

Wield Allotments Residency, E.Sussex

Brighton Biennial, Brighton

Change, Queenstown, New Zealand

Helios, Biscuit Factory

Mise-en-scène, Gallery North

I am also an active member of the group CineHack - - which is a community centred project designing hardware hacks to produce high end results.