Suitable for all ages

An interactive installation using sand, visuals, music and motion technology

This new, interactive, installation invites audiences to create sounds and visuals by playing with sand. Soundpit opens up the art of music-making to all ages and abilities. It allows you to explore your individual sense of vision, sound, touch and play and become the composer of your own masterpiece.

Artist Di Mainstone and her team have created three different sandpits, each with their own name and a unique, visual and sonic personality and character. Soundpit is great for those interested in art and music, as well as those who simply enjoy sensory play and a fun, interactive experience.

Soundpit at The Word will be the first time this installation has visited the North East and celebrates the borough’s connection to the coast, as part of Year of the Coast 2023.

Soundpit has been created by Di Mainstone, Architects of Rosslyn, Wetgenes, Roula Caroll, Jouna Lansman and David Morris.

See the video below for a preview of the installation.


Di Mainstone is a multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker. Her work combines sculpture, music, dance, wearables and technology. Di works across performance, installation and film and she is best known for the acclaimed Human Harp, a digital musical device, worn on the body that transforms suspension bridges into giant harps. Di has pioneered a method of building wearable instruments around the human form, coining the term ‘body-centric design’. Di was artist in residence for the European City of Science in Manchester. The result of this residency, ‘Soundpit’, an audio-visual experience which was installed at the Southbank Centre for a sellout four month run, returning the following year by popular demand.

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Our new exhibition programme celebrates the stories that make our area unique. Soundpit allows you to create new stories using your imagination and creativity through playing with sand, while Hidden Histories invites you to explore objects that capture stories that may have been hidden over time.

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