The Bartlett School of Architecture


Writtle Calling: a pop-up radio station

20 September 2012

Writtle Calling - Post Works

Bartlett Teaching Fellow, Matthew Butcher, has just completed a collaborative project – a temporary radio station transmitting live arts broadcasts – with artist Melissa Appleton and CADE (Centre for Arts and Design in the Environment).

'Writtle Calling' is located in the Essex landscape, near the site of  ‘2 Emma Toc’, a 1922 radio station considered to be the first regular UK broadcaster, which went out every Tuesday from an ex-army hut.

The radio structure designed by Matthew Butcher (also of Post Works) takes its inspiration from the original hut and agricultural vernaculars sampled from the local area.  

Broadcasting for a week in September, the station featured contributions from a plethora of artists including David Toop, Fabian Peake, Pablo Bronstein and Edwin Burdis, culminating in a public event on the 15th of September.

An archive of broadcasts are available to download at www.writtlecalling.co.uk

The project has been publicised widely both online and in print, you can read more in:

Writtle Calling has been funded by the Arts Council, Essex Arts and the Bartlett School of Architecture Research Fund (ARF).