SWS Grand Jury

Each year, the Online Jury reviews the submissions for the Sound Walk September, and collectively builds the shortlist. Then, the Grand Jury takes a deep dive, to pick the winners and honourable mentions.

Prior to 2022, the SWS shortlist was put together by the founders of walk · listen · create, with the SWS Advisory Board selecting the winners and honourable mentions. In 2022, we introduced an Online Jury, while the Advisory Board was transformed into the SWS Grand Jury.

Grand Jury members have a maximum tenure of three years.

Stefaan van Biesen

Stefaan van Biesen

Award winner SWS Grand Jury 2024

Since 1990 Stefaan van Biesen has made walks which he documents and displays in drawings, installations, photography, models, texts, videos and photographs. He regards the act of walking as a kind of subjective thought process in the urban and natural land...

Richard White

Richard White

Online Jury 2023 SWS Grand Jury 2023 SWS Grand Jury 2024

UK based walking and multimedia artist/researcher Richard White devises, curates and hosts walks involving listening, sensing, making and asking questions. His participatory performative practice, Walknow, explores accountability and seeks to develop resp...

Kim V. Goldsmith

Kim V. Goldsmith

Online Jury 2022 SWS Grand Jury 2023 SWS Grand Jury 2024 SWS23 shortlisted

I'm an Australian-based interdisciplinary artist whose creative output uses sound, video, and writing to explore layers of nuance and complexity within the rural and regional territories in which I work. I'm listening for new voices and perspecti...

Henna Wang

Henna Wang

SWS Grand Jury 2024

Hi! I am Henna Wang, an art historian and sociologist deeply interested in human creativity and connection. My work across the arts and international development sectors have prepped me for my most important role yet: as Co-founder and Co-CEO of Gesso. Ges...

Laonikos Psimikakis Chalkokondylis

SWS Grand Jury 2024

Laonikos Psimikakis Chalkokondylis is a shakuhachi player based in London. He performed with Sam Lee as part of Singing with Nightingales in May 2023, his album ‘loess’ was released in 2022 by Slow Tone Collages, a collection of long, slow improvisatio...

Sophie Burger

Sophie Burger

SWS Grand Jury 2024

I am a writer, dramaturge and the founder of the audio walk platform Storydive. With 15 years of experience in realising audio walks and other site-specific formats in the cultural and educational sector, I create my own productions as well as commissioned...