Making Space
Sculptural Murmurings
Hazel Reeves

06 - 10 September 2021

Every year Fabrica makes its space available to artists to test new ground in their practice, opening up the possibility to use the space in imaginative ways and experiment with new ways of working. Whilst the pandemic has restricted the number of artists we were able to work with this year we’re delighted to be able to host a work-in-progress by artist Hazel Reeves.

Hazel is best known for creating bronzes for the public realm, but is using her time at Fabrica to explore other aspects of her sculptural practice: movement and sound in space. And to develop her practice towards one that is more collaborative and transdisciplinary. 

“At heart I’m a sculptural choreographer – sometimes choreographing stories in bronze, sometimes creating soundscapes to inspire movement. During this Making Space residency, I will be developing a sculptural approach to expressive dance and movement, and questioning the norms of how dancers should look and move.

I’ll be experimenting with a group of dancers and using soundscapes, to create unique bird-like, yet human murmurings that cyclically fragment then unite. I will be working with disabled and non-disabled participants to explore different physicalities and their expression through movement. Other visual, sound and movement artists will also be working with me over the residency.  And I will be using the bird soundscapes that I have been recording throughout this year during my residency at Knepp Estate”.

Sculptural Murmurings is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Hazel is inviting participants to take part in her project through workshops on the 7, 8 and 9 September, followed by a performance for a small audience on the evening of the 9th. If you are interested in taking part please see the call for participants below.

Public events

Performance at 6.30pm followed by a Q&A with the artists at 7.15pm. Doors open at 6.15pm, booking essential.


Sculptural Murmurings: Call for participants


Do you love to move? Do you want to join an exciting and playful sound and movement project taking place at Fabrica in September?


During the workshops we will be using creative movement to respond to sounds through headphones. Two movement artists will be on hand to support you through small-group workshops, culminating in a final sharing of our work to a small audience. The whole process will be filmed, photographed then shared online through a virtual exhibition. You will need to be available across the three days. The workshops will take place 10-4pm on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8 September. There will also be a rehearsal 10-4pm on Thursday 9th September followed by the performance in the evening, which will be 6.30-7.15pm.


This opportunity is open to everyone, with a warm welcome to disabled people, those who have long-term health conditions and/or who are older. Refreshments and some expenses, will be provided.  


If you would like to take part, please email [email protected] with your name, phone number, age and how any health condition might affect you in this workshop environment, so that we can make adjustments to enable you to fully take part, should you be selected.  The selection criteria is concerned with achieving a diverse group of 16 participants.


Deadline for expressions of interest: 25 August 2021


For more information about Sculptural Murmurings, see

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Hazel Reeves

Hazel Reeves is a figurative sculptor, working to commission in clay for bronze, with a curiosity in people, their faces and their stories.


Hazel’s life-long activism is evident in her artistic practice and she sees the statues she produces as a catalyst for change. She has a passion for telling stories in bronze of struggles for social justice and sees herself as redressing the lack of women represented, one statue at a time. Through her work she seeks to engage and move people, ask questions, and encourage people to tell their stories and take action. 


Hazel is perhaps best known for her public commissions such as Sir Nigel Gresley at King’s Cross Station, the women biscuit factory workers – the Cracker Packers – in Carlisle, and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst in Manchester.


She is a Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors (MRSS), the Society of Women Artists and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).