Ray Lee



Spin - Bonington Gallery, Nottingham 2001, Photo: Robert Ayers

Formerly a lecturer in Contemporary Arts and Music at Nottingham Trent University, Ray has worked at Oxford Brookes since 1999. He is an artist, composer, performer as well as a lecturer. In 2012 he received the British Composer of the Year award for Sonic Art. He has presented his large scale sound art performances all over the world.

Undergraduate Teaching

Fine Art U65599, U65530, U65523, plus lots of contribution to others

Postgraduate Teaching

Postgraduate MA’s in Interdisciplinary Arts Practices

Ray is the School of Arts Postgraduate Tutor and is responsible for the PhD students in Arts. He is supervising a number of practice based arts students in sound and contemporary practice. He leads the regular PhD practice based seminars in the School of Arts.


Ray is fascinated with what happens when sound moves. He creates spinning, whirling and pendulous sound installations/performances that explore 'circles of ether', the invisible forces that surround us. His large scale works have been toured to more than twenty different countries across three continents, and have won numerous awards including at Ars Electronica.

Siren is a whirling, spinning spectacle of mechanical movement, electronic sound and light.

Books and other publications

‘Invisible-Forces: Listening to Ray Lee’ Interview between Professor Robert Ayers and Ray Lee

See www.invisible-forces.com/

Research Dissemination

Forthcoming exhibitions:

‘Chorus’ Salford Quays, April 2014; Milton Keynes Inter¬¬national Festival, July 14 (tbc); Spraoi Festival , Ireland, August 14 (tbc)

Selected recent exhibitions and events:

‘Chorus’: Festival of Light Huddersfield 2013; Constellations Festival Reading 2013; Bournemouth Arts Festival 13; Winchester Festival 13; Lieux Public, Marseilles June 13; Newbury Corn Exchange April 13.

‘Ethometric Museum’: Asmolean Museum, Oxford January 13; Tesla Museum, Belgrade, Serbia December 12; Bournemouth Arts Festival October 12; Gravity Fields Festival, Grantham Sept. 12; Battersea Arts Centre, London May 12; South Hill park Arts Centre, September 12; Edinburgh Fringe, August 11; Museum of the History of Science , Oxford April 11.

‘Swarm’: Battersea Arts Centre, Sept – Dec 2010; FACT, Liverpool, 2009; Musiek Centrum Nederlands, August 08. ‘Siren’ 2004-2012

Over 300 performances in 18 countries across 3 continents from Amsterdam to Zagreb, including at Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; Under the Radar Festival New York; PUSH Festival Vancouver; Auckland Festival; Melbourne Festival.

Ray Lee


School of Arts

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP