Steve Urquhart

Steve is a sound artist, radio producer and composer. He creates sound-rich documentaries for BBC (Radio 4, Radio 3, World Service) and others worldwide. He's produced audio installations and site-specific soundscapes for major exhibitions at the Science Museum (London) and the Foundling Museum, plus sound design projects for National Library of Scotland, Radiophrenia and others.

For b-side 2020...

One in twelve people living on Portland are being held in custody. From their perspective, what does the island sound like?

Presented inside an actual decommissioned prison van, Steve Urquhart's unique and intimate soundscape will invite festival-goers to focus on the realities, the energies, the commotion, the isolation, the ambience and the silence behind Portland's prison walls. Step inside the van, to hear what they hear.


"For several years I worked with National Prison Radio. We received hundreds of letters from inmates at Portland's prisons - I was intrigued by this mysterious place. Now I want to explore, through sound recordings, the vivid realities of being held in prison on Portland."

Steve Urquhart's b-side Portfolio


b-side festival 2021

9th12th September 2021

b-side is back, showcasing the very best in contemporary art made in response to the beautiful and intriguing Isle of Portland.




30th April

With regret we have had to postpone Steve's talk for the time being. We are mindful of the health and well being of our team, artists and