sam topley

sound art & craft


Sam Topley is a musician, maker and community artist from Leicester, UK. Her practice explores sound and technology with textile-based hand crafts such as knitting, embroidery and pompom making.

Topley shares her work internationally, through workshops, exhibitions and performances. She has recently presented work at A.P.T. Gallery (Deptford, London), The Wassaic Project (New York, USA), Red Gallery (Shoreditch, London), Punctum (Prague, Czech Republic), Lights of Soho (Soho, London), Dome of Visions (Stockholm, Sweden), 24kvm (Gothenburg, Sweden), Guildhall Arts Centre (Grantham, UK), R1 Nuclear Reactor (Stockholm, Sweden), Phoenix Arts Centre (Leicester, UK), Make||Sound Festival (Leicester, UK), Always the Sun Festival (Guildford, UK) and the Dirty Electronics Ugly Weekender (Nottingham, UK).

Sam Topley is currently undertaking a PhD at the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre, De Montfort University, where she also lectures in experimental music technology and community arts practice. Her research has been presented at the University of California San Diego (2018) and contributed to a collaborative paper presented at New Interfaces for Musical Expression (Australia, 2016). Topley has participated in a number of residencies, including the eTextile Spring Break (New York, 2018), The Academy of Performing Arts, Prague (HAMU) in 2017 and twice at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm (2014 and 2016). She has performed within events such as LLEAPP 2015 (De Montfort University) and the Noise Colloquium (University of Greenwich), and was a co-organiser of the Art & Sound Symposium (Leicester, 2015).

Her PhD is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership).

(supervisors: Dr John Richards, Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd & Prof Leigh Landy)
De Montfort University, Leicester UK & Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham UK
Oct 2017-

MA by Research
(supervisors: Dr John Richards & Dr Pete Batchelor)
De Montfort University, Leicester UK
Oct 2014-Sept 2017

BA (Hons) Music, Technology and Performance
De Montfort University, Leicester UK
June 2014: 1st Class

Freelance Music Facilitator
soundLINCS, East Midlands UK
Dec 2015-

Part-time Lecturer
(modules: Creating with Technology and Music, Media and Community Arts)
Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre
De Montfort University, Leicester UK
Oct 2015-

Education Co-ordinator/Public Programmes Co-ordinator
National Space Centre, Leicester UK
Oct 2004-April 2015