About geodesic arts

geodesic arts is an organisation formed specially to bring together the diverse and complementary skills of its members Kirsty Halliday (Arts Management); Mark Hildred (Interactivity, Technical Production and Realisation); Damian Murphy (Artist and Researcher in the field of sound and music computing); John Oxley (Video and Photography);  Kippa Matthews (Photography); Julia Davis (Poetry and Prose). The team produce workshops, exhibitions and installations that inspire and engage

Kirsty, Mark, Damian, John and Kippa have all worked together previously in various collaborations as part of Sightsonic, York’s festival of digital art, and Mark, Damian and John have collaborated on a number of projects including the very well received sound and light installation, A Sense of Place, exploring and interpreting aspects of York’s history, archaeological and architectural heritage.

Find out more about the geodesic arts team below, our backgrounds, skills, experience and interests, not to mention the other projects we have worked on, both together and individually.

Kirsty Halliday


Kirsty is a freelance arts manager providing creative project management and leadership solutions for the cultural sector.

Kirsty works with clients to help them realise their creative vision through partnership brokering, strategic fundraising, organisational development, project management and impact evaluation. Clients include individual artists, community and professional arts organisations, local authorities and festivals and she’s driven by helping people to make their creative ideas a reality.

Kirsty is passionate about arts education and participation, both formal and informal, and about developing opportunities for people to learn new creative skills, develop their artistic practice and to work alongside leading artists on projects that both challenge and inspire.

In 2012 Kirsty produced Cycle Song, a spectacular large-scale community opera featuring over 1,200 North Lincolnshire residents as performers. Cycle Song was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Learning and Participation 2012.

Mark Hildred


Mark Hildred is a freelance consultant, working to enable children and adults with special needs to access music through the use of technology. His work includes the use of sound, light and video projection to create interactive environments, something that has lead to him working on a wide range of arts projects. Many of these have placed young people at the heart of the creative process.

Mark was Chair of the SightSonic Special Needs Group for four years and a core member of the Steering group, helping shape the progression of the festival and establish a strong educational program. This work included three national conferences on Creative Technology and Disability. In 2004 he was selected to be on the York Renaissance Group and over the following two years helped select a number of artistic interventions to invigorate the City, culminating in the Illuminating York event.

Mark has worked on a variety of artistic installations, these have included: Coming to our senses, Sarah Taylor (2001); Rhythm and Blues, Jerwood Awards, Sarah Taylor (2002); First, Last, Everything, Helen Storey (2002); Inside Story, British Library (2005-06); A Sense of Place, York Renaissance Project (2006); Interactive Textiles, Jenny Mason (2006).

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Kippa Matthews


Kippa Matthews is a freelance photographer whose work covers news, features and cultural events. His photographs have been published and exhibited nationally and internationally, including in The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph and The Times, as well as more locally for The Heritage Lottery Fund, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York Minster and the National Railway Museum. He has been involved in various arts projects over the past few years, including The York Millennium Mystery Plays, The Illuminating York Festivals, SightSonic and the visual arts festival, YoMu.

Kippa originally trained as a sculptor but met a photographer while travelling in his early twenties who he worked alongside, learning the craft first hand. He was offered his first professional job at a press agency in 1988 and he hasn’t stopped since. He enjoys the fact that no two days are ever the same and that each day he has to re-invent or create his own work.

His job takes him all over the country, but when he’s at home he spends his spare time with his family, listening to music and torturing himself with the Guardian crossword.

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Damian Murphy


 Dr Damian Murphy is a Senior Lecturer in Music Technology at the Department of Electronics, University of York, where he has been since 2000. He started his career in the Performing Arts Department at Harrogate College and has previously held positions at Leeds Metropolitan University and Bretton Hall College. His research focuses on virtual acoustics, spatial audio, physical modelling, and audio signal processing. He is also a visiting lecturer to the Department of Speech, Music and Hearing at KTH, Stockholm, where he specialises in spatial audio and acoustics.

His research work formed the basis of the Surrounded by Sound project that was selected for inclusion in the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition, July 2001 and he was also co-author of SoundFX – Making Music with Technology, the 2004 IEE touring Faraday Lecture. He has been principal investigator on a number of AHRC and EPSRC funded projects in auralization, physical modelling and room acoustics. He has published over 60 journal articles, conference papers and books and is a member of the Audio Engineering Society.

Dr Murphy is also an active sound artist and in 2004 was appointed as one of the UK’s first AHRC/ACE Arts and Science Research Fellows, investigating the compositional and aesthetic aspects of sound spatialisation, acoustic modelling techniques and the acoustics of heritage spaces. His work has been presented in galleries nationally and at festivals and venues internationally including Sightsonic (UK), Bourges Festival (France), ICMC-2005 (Spain) and CCRMA (USA). His soundworks have also resulted in varied collaborations with visual artists, photographers, poets, archaeologists as well as artists and technologists working with interactive digital media.

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John Oxley


John Oxley lives in Scarborough and since 1989 has have earned a living as an archaeologist with the City of York Council. He originally comes from Darlington and has lived and worked in Liverpool (where he studied history and archaeology), Durham, Southampton, and York. He has published and lectured extensively on the archaeology of Roman and post-Roman towns (in particular York and Southampton) and on the management of archaeological deposits in towns.

He started to exhibit his artwork in 2002. His artistic practice draws on his professional background as an archaeologist and his work revolves around the concepts of context and documentation, and includes explorations of the layering of images within images and the interplay of aperture and light. Images are captured both on film and with digital sensors. This work generally takes the form of digital prints, digital video pieces or multi-media installations.

Recent exhibited works include: Northern Lights, Saltaire Festival (photography) (2008); 54degrees 28minutes, YoMu Arts Festival (video/text/photography installation) (2007); A Sense of Place, York Renaissance Project, Bootham Bar (light, projection and sound installation with Damian Murphy and Mark Hildred) (2006); Six reflections, Gateway Digital Cafe (video/text/photography) (2004); And I Dreamt I felt your skin close to mine, SightSonic International Digital Arts Festival (video) (2003); Hearts and Minds, Beyond the Walls, ROTA Exhibition, York College (photography/text) (2003); About me About You, City Screen, York (solo exhibition – photography/text) (2002).

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Julia Davis

Julia DavisJulia works across disciplines; as poet, performer, ceramicist and researcher, developing different approaches to both artistic practice and project management.

She has participated and developed work for indialogue at Nottingham Contemporary exploring the nature of collaborative working. Performance and publishing includes Demarco European collective pieces, performance with Lemn Sissay (Lincoln Arts Festival), and a series of pamphlets published through Belle Vue Press; Mirrorland and Half Asleep Tree. Work in ceramics includes research for claytransformations.

She is a Trustee at Commonword in Manchester, managed the British Library Inside Story programme working alongside Mark Hildred and has worked with the RSA programming across the North of England.