Paul Ratcliff and Ben Challis – Trans Pennine recordings

December 3, 2018 – December 12, 2018 all-day

Sound-artist-photographers Paul Ratcliff and Ben Challis combine their passion for naturally occurring sound recordings with images. Based either side of the lower reaches of the Pennines in Northern England, they explores the covert, forgotten, decaying and unnoticed in their art-works.

A Year in the Garden takes the natural history sounds from a suburban garden and re-frames these in a soundscape, foregrounding the wild creature sounds and relegating the human and familiar.

Grey Stone – Harewood. Imagine as your eyes slowly scan the landscape you also move through time, through the seasons. Imagine too that you can hear the wildlife and the weather also change. This is the mystical effect of the Grey Stone…

Giants is an exploration of the inner workings of a series of historic mills, uncovering a wealth of hidden rhythms, pulses and drones as the listener is taken on a journey into the fabric of each unique space.

Into the Pond uses hydrophones and surround recordings to recreate a dynamic tapestry of sound that exists above and below the surface of a reed pond in summer.

Venue & Booking Information

Ticket prices for performances £8 (£5 all concessions).

Available in advance, online or in person or on the door.

Axis Offer Card: £16 (£10 all concessions).

3 performances for the price of 2. Available in person only.

Concessions for students, people with disabilities (and carers if appropriate), unwaged, senior citizens. ID may be required.

Age suitability

The performance programme is mainly aimed at an adult audience, aged 14+, unless otherwise stated. Please contact Box Office to check.

OpenSpace admission

FREE Opening Times Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm.

Groups for OpenSpace by arrangement. Please contact Box Office.


FREE after 5pm.

If visiting before, parking permit available from Box Office / university reception.

Disabled access

All spaces are accessible to wheelchairs. An indication loop is available for all performances by prior arrangement. Large print brochure is available on request. If you have any queries or require assistance, please contact Box Office.

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How to book

Call 0161 247 5302

Book online:

Reserve by email: Reserved tickets must be collected

at least 15 minutes before the performance begins or may be resold.

Buy in person

From the Axis Box Office an hour before each performance – before then, please call 0161 247 5302 to confirm we are open.

Group booking

Buy 8 tickets, get 1 FREE

Where are we?

Axis Arts Centre, MMU Cheshire, Crewe Green Road, Crewe, Cheshire CW1 5DU

Tel: 0161 247 5302


How to find us

Axis Arts Centre is on the Crewe Campus of Manchester Metropolitan University.

By train: we are 10 minutes walk from Crewe station.

By road: find Crewe from J16 or J17 of the M6. We are off Crewe Green Road. Free parking.