Now & Next audio presentation

Part of Now & Next

1 — 30 September 2023


A composite image of 6 vertical strips containing various artworks: a blue telephone receiver; a figure in a pink hat in a graveyard; a green crystal against a black background; a line illustration of a baby on horseback with red lips and a yellow background; a 3D scan of a train station with the platform labelled 'GRAHAMSTON'; and a white line illustration of a figure holding their knees on a black background.

LUX Scotland are delighted to present six audio works commissioned as part of Now & Next, 2019 – 22. These works will be available to listen to for the month of September.

Now & Next was a talent development scheme run by LUX Scotland in partnership with BBC Arts, Screen Scotland and LUX Scotland. The scheme ran between 2019 – 22 and focused on nurturing and showcasing emerging creative voices. Now & Next offered artists working in a wide range of disciplines from across Scotland the opportunity to create audio and audio-visual commissions for BBC platforms.

These complex and layered works approach audio in different ways through collaborative sound making, experimental narrative, dramatisation and documentary. Exploring a range of subjects and themes, the works investigate isolation, faith, trans identities, biassed histories and audio itself through diverse subjects including fictional adventurers, a forgotten village, and mental illness.

Many of the commissioned works have been broadcast by the BBC on public service platforms including on BBC Arts’ social channels, BBC Radio and BBC websites.

This presentation follows on from our online screening of the 28 moving image works commissioned as part of Now & Next. We look forward to presenting the Now & Next young people’s commissions later this year.


Transcripts are available to view for all of the audio pieces. Transcripts can be viewed through each of the audio showcase pages.


The commissioning process was accompanied by an extensive professional development programme tailored to the artists organised by Now & Next Professional Development Coordinator Mathew Wayne Parkin. LUX Scotland worked with established artists, producers and curators to provide tailored mentorship and workshops.

Mentors and project support:

David Brown, Richy Carey, Julianna Capes, Henry Coombes, Barry Crear, Jamie Crewe, Jemma Dessai, Graham Eatough, Sarah Forrest, Ashanti Harris, Lindsey Hanlon, Joe Howe, Moira Jeffrey, Adam Khalil, Anja Kirschner, Anna Lomas, Esther Leslie, Duncan Marquiss, Jen Martin, Margaret McCormick, Aoife McArdle, Emmie McLuskey, Rory Pilgrim, Sean McInally, Nima Séne, Margaret Salmon, Stephen Sutcliffe, Pete Smith, Alison Smith, Bayley Sweitzer, Black Obsidian Sound System, SOP, Kemono L Riot, Ali Roche, and Rehana Zaman.


LUX Scotland would like to thank Mikaël Whomsley, University of Glasgow MSc Film Curation work placement at LUX Scotland (March 2023), for his help putting together this screening and Mathew Wayne Parkin, Now & Next Professional Development Coordinator (2019 – 2021) for their work on the Now & Next project.



Part of Now & Next

Now & Next was a talent development scheme in partnership with Creative Scotland and BBC Scotland that ran from 2019 to 2022.

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