Sound On!

Artist: Sinead McCann and AlanJames Burns

Medium: Audio

Sound On! is a creative sound art project presenting experiences of human rights and happiness for and by people with an intellectual disability. The artwork was developed over a six-month period through weekly on-line creative workshops. Everyone learnt new digital skills including how to record their voices and sounds using accessible sound recording and editing software.


Sound On! was facilitated and led by artists Sinead McCann and AlanJames Burns in collaboration with Aidan Winters, Conor Begley, David Carter, David Deane, Frances Quinn, Jonathan Smith, Keith Whelan, Laura Hickey, Niamh Fortune and Sean Winder who were supported to create fun and self-expressive sound artworks. Co–designers Niamh and Conor worked closely with the artists to design the delivery of the Sound On! project. This project was fully supported by Saint John of God Liffey Services support staff led by Assistive Technology facilitator Sarah Boland and Suzanne Cunningham through the Online Engage Programme. The music composition was created in collaboration with composer Conor O’Malley. 

The initial ideas and creative processes for Sound On! were created through a creative research and development phase of the project facilitated and led by McCann and Burns in collaboration with Alex Kennedy, Chloe Larkin, David Carter, Eric Nolan, Jonathan Smith, Rachel Coss and supported by Saint John of God. 

This project is funded by the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create and Kildare County Council Creative Ireland Community Grant.