SELCHP is alive with the sound of music

On Friday 3 June the sounds of SELCHP Energy Recovery Facility whose shareholders include Veolia Environmental Services, CNIM, EDF, Lewisham and Greenwich Councils will be on air as part of the new Code of Contingency art exhibition at the Agency Gallery in Lewisham. The exhibit aims to explore whether sound has the potential to work as a learning tool.  

The piece has been created by Call & Response, a sonic-arts collective, who wanted a local focus on the plant to capture the sounds and images of SELCHP for the local community. The group took audio recordings around the plant of fans, the generator and the furnace. The gallery will use the sound as a representation of the energy consumed by the works throughout its duration and address the relationship between sound and power. 

Each artist has derived a workshop to enable this new form of knowledge production concerning: power relations, localised environmental impact, community and performance, public and private space, and sound versus signal.

Steve Brown, General Manager at Veolia Environmental Services’ SELCHP Ltd said: “This project is a great opportunity for the local community to have more of an understanding of the processes at SELCHP. The plant has an important role in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and this exhibit will help explain this.” 

The gallery opens to the public on Monday 4 June at the Agency Gallery, London. For more information on updates of the projects, workshops and performances visit 

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There will be a workshop with Call & Response on June 14th that will focus on strategies for exploring audio media ecologies, data sonification and basic environmental sound recording, workshops must be booked by June 6th. For more information visit the website at

Gallery preview: Friday June 3rd
Gallery open to public: 4th June- 2nd July, Wednesday – Saturday, 10.30am - 6pm.
Address: Agency Gallery, 66 Evelyn Street, SE8 5DD, London