Tinnitus, Auditory Knowledge and the Arts

The Hidden Noise: Tinnitus and Art (08 - 31 October 2021)

Admission Free

Preview Event: Thursday 7 October 2021 (4-8pm*)

Exhibition Open: 8 – 31 October 2021
(Thursdays – Sundays, 12-6pm*)

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The Hidden Noise: Tinnitus and Art (poster) 08 - 31 October 2021

The Hidden Noise: Tinnitus and Art

We are delighted to announce an exhibition of work by commissioned artists Fern Thomas and Nina Thomas, who are set to transform our warehouse into a multi-layered exploration of their shared experiences of tinnitus, hosted by OVADA.

Through the mediums of installation, moving image, and artist publication, Nina Thomas’ work explores the relationship between loss, memory, and tinnitus. Her project draws on her personal experience of developing tinnitus following a sudden hearing loss. Also drawing from her lived experience of tinnitus, artist Fern Thomas explores a speculative world where humans become receivers of the invisible frequencies transmitted by natural phenomena. From the singing of stars to the sucking of sea water through stones, the work seeks out experiencing these inner sounds as something meaningful.

About the artists:

Nina Thomas


Nina Thomas, Silence, 2020

Nina Thomas  a visual artist, using the mediums of video, photography, artist publication and installation. She is interested in stories and histories which might be overlooked or underexplored. Much of her recent work has focused on her experience of becoming deaf and subsequently seeking to understand deaf histories and experiences. A few years ago, she began making work which explores tinnitus as a bodily experience and its relationship to other experiences of loss. Nina has exhibited at venues such as Tate Exchange, St. Margaret’s House, LUX (online) and HeART in Chatham. She is also a founding member of The Film Bunch (a deaf and hard of hearing film organisation).

Fern Thomas


Fern Thomas, an inventory of practice, 2019

Fern Thomas is an artist and writer working in text, sound, performance and participatory practice. Her work explores folk-belief, place-based knowledge and histories, archives and pedagogical spaces; and is increasingly drawn to examining the invisible capacities of vibration. She has exhibited in Norway, Mexico, New Zealand, Germany, USA and in venues across the UK including Anthony Reynolds Gallery in London. She is currently has a Fellowship with g39 gallery, Cardiff as part of the Freelands Foundation Arts Programme and is part of the Tŷ Cerdd Experimental Sound Programme in Cardiff

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