Will with steel oozler

upcoming exhibitions, installations and concerts by Will Menter



Fibre Sensible, Ecuries Saint Hugues,
Exposition d'été 2023 de la Ville de Cluny
Du 1 au 16 juillet 2023

with Florence Le Maux and Jane Norbury


Solo exhibition at the arboretum du Domaine d'Harcourt, Eure, from June until November 2023


Group exhibition at the centre Eden Cuissery, Saône et Loire


Concert/performance/projection aux Neuf Portes

Nous sommes contents que nos amis Armelle Devigon et François Merville
vont jouer chez nous aux Neuf Portes le 17 décembre à 19h.

Egalement content que ça me donne l'opportunité de projeter deux nouveaux
courts métrages que j'ai créé en 2022 !

réservations willmenter@gmail.com


New film

Dippers and Hoverers

New film

Inhabitation - Four Movements

New film

Possible States of Listening

exhibition / concert

New film

Hear the Wood for the Trees

Group exhibition Saint Denis, Paris

Welcome to the opening 29 April 2022 18h30 at the musée Joseph Déchelette, Roanne
Invitation here

Welcome to the concert "Le Jardin des Murmures" 3 May 20h at the théâtre de Roanne
box office

We will be 10 on stage for this new commission : les percussions de Treffort directed by Alain Goudard
singers Laura Tejeda et Audrey Pévrier
saxophonists Pascale Amiot and myself
and many sound sculptures in wood, stone, water, pottery, aluminium
Grain de Pierre, Woodwind, Dippers, Skimmers, Ascending Air

Booklet of complete programme here

A Possible State of Listening

One day in December I asked Esther Meunier Corfdyr to listen in her own way inside two of my sound sculptures.
The result is a 20 minute video. If you have the time, you can watch and listen to it on Vimeo
(with headphones or speakers to capture all the detail).

January Val de Saône :

April, May, June Roanne :

June Dijon :


Falling Water
Sound installation and performances in Burgundy

Chevagny-sur-Guye 14, 15 August "Chevagny Passions Nature"

full programme here

Solo exhibition in Brittany

extended until April 21st
closed to the public but you can telephone for a professional visit
(in the broadest sense of the term) 02 96 79 86 00


Inhabitation : 7 videos

an orchestra emerges, 9 minutes https://vimeo.com/441545815
elements fusing, 5 minutes https://vimeo.com/452173289
roofing the ground, 5 minutes https://vimeo.com/452017527
nesting, 5 minutes https://vimeo.com/451924057

herd, 2 minutes https://vimeo.com/464355744
attached, 1 minute https://vimeo.com/464479828

double beaver, 2 minutes https://vimeo.com/464515461

Woodline and Xyloserpent

I'm pleased to tell you that these two pieces have been reinstalled in the Forest of Méridon, near Chévreuse in the Yvelines. Just 5 minutes walk from the carpark. Free access to the public every day.


Elégie - composition by Chisato Cieux-Matsuyoshi

Chisato asked me to make some images for her composition for piano, Elegy, which she composed in 2012. She is one of the saxophonists who played in my film Intimate In Public. You can watch and listen to Elegy on Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9olPSY5CTtE

Inhabitation - sortie de résidence

extra performance added 9th August 11am-12midday

At the end of my creative residency I am sharing my work with the public on July 17th and 19th in a place near Autun in Saône et Loire. Send me a private message with your email adress if you would like to receive an invitation. will@willmenter.com


Le sentier d'Amanéa

10 new sound sculptures in the Vendée

All the information is here : Le Sentier d'Amanéa

Around lac de la Vouraie in the commune of Bournezeau, the trail is open to the public everyday, entry is free.


Intimate In Public

13.04.2020 My film, created in 2017 is available to watch with free access
Vimeo with this link https://vimeo.com/264828163/62680eeb8f

It lasts 30 minutes and the quality will be better if you can watch on a big screen with speakers or headphones ;-) Enjoy !
Until the end of April.

08.02.2020 new article added to my site

Searching for a Zimbabwean Hocket

New video of Neuf Portes Mix now on line


Concert performance at the Neuf Portes



Two new catalogue articles

Biennale Autun Biennale-catalogue-will-menter.pdf English first then French

Biennale Jumièges Biennale article Barroso.pdf French only


Biennale Autun - Art Contemporain Sacré

15-26 July 2019 www.biennale-autun.com/

Artists : Djoti Bjalava, Ferrante Ferranti, Geoffroy de Montpellier, Loretta Rossi, Ma Desheng,
Solomon Rossine, Yassid Oulab, Bill Viola, Will Menter

I will install two sculptures in the garden of the bishopric near the cathedral.

One is Litholigne, which I first exhibited at the Château du Grand Jardin at Joinville.
The second is a new piece inspired by the site, by the theme of the festival and with a nod to William Blake it is called
To Hear a World in the Grain of Oak.

Saturday 20th July at 17h30 meeting with Will Menter and presentation of his piece « Litholigne » in the garden of the bishopric,
followed at 18h by the projection of 3 of his films in the auditorium inside the bishopric :  

Ice Stream (16 minutes), Flamants et Grues (20 minutes), Alpage (11 minutes)

Catalogue of the biennale d'art sacré contemporain Autun

There is a beautiful catalogue which will be available at all the exhibition sites during the biennale. The curator, Jérôme Lequime, inteviewed me and you can find the text and some photos on this link Biennale-catalogue-will-menter.pdf English first then French!


Je présente une performance solo avec mes flûtes à vapeur et autres sculptures sonores le samedi 18 mai à 22h15

C'est à Corgoloin, Beaune dans le cadre du Festival Nature 2019. Toute la programmation des deux jours est axée sur les sons de la nature. Venez, ce sera unique et inspirant !

Site internet : www.cote-dor.lpo.fr


One Possible Sound Field

I have installed a new piece for "Jumièges à Ciel Ouvert", triennale of contemporary art at the Abbaye de Jumièges
in Normandy, near Rouen. The other artists are Shigeko Hirakawa, Jean-Luc Bichaud, Christian Lapie, Nils Udo and
the curator is Jean-Marc Barroso.

The exhibition is open every day from 9h30 to 18h30 until the end of October.

Here is a photo and a video :



Woodline and Xyloserpent

I have installed two new sculptures in the forest of Pinceloup near Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines. They are permanent
but at the moment there are no signs to help find them. If you want to visit, message me at will@willmenter.com
and I will send you a plan.


Murmure d'Eau

From 19th to 29th September I will be at the Ferme de Chosal
in Haute Savoie to make and install a new permanent piece
in the woods beside the river. Inauguration on the 29th.
Contact me for details.

Here is a video of the piece :


Here is the original proposal :



Willow Weep

A new sound sculpture at Clécy in the Calvados, Normandy.
To find it in the village, ask at the tourist office.



Corps Sonore

Performances at Ourense, in Valencia with François Merville, Jane Norbury and Erick Jimenez


You are invited to the inauguration of my film Intimate In Public,
in the presence of the artists, followed by a live percussion solo
by François Merville.

Sunday June 10th at 8pm.

Entry is free and you may also make a contribution to the costs.
Bring something to share such as food or drink if you can!

Atelier des Neuf Portes, 7 rue basse, Changey, 71360 Saisy
Places limited, please reserve : will@willmenter.com

Alice Waring - soprano, Cyril Darmedru -alto, Chisato Cieux-Matsuyoshi - alto, Olivier Py - tenor,
Jouk Minor - sopranino, Lionel Garcin - soprano, Marie Braun - baritone, Bruno Wilhelm - tenor,
Guillaume Orti - soprano in C, Karen van Schaik - baritone, Sylvain Desbaisieux - tenor,
Sam Comerford - bass, Andy Lévêque - alto

The avant première of my film Intimate in Public  will be April 5th in Bourg-en-Bresse in the context of
the festival 7bis chemin de traverse.

I've invited François Merville to play a percussion solo for the second part of the evening
in counterpoint with the twelve saxophones of the film.

All the information is herei : 



Les Percussions de Treffort

Will Menter

with his sound sculpture

Le Murmure des Feuilles

play two concerts at the Parc Madeleine, Bourg-en-Bresse (01)

Sunday 17th september at 3pm and 4.30pm

photo: © Yannis Boyer

August 2nd 2017 : performance dance/music/sculpture at Bibracte around our installations link

August 4th 2017 : performance dance/music/sculpture at Sampigny-les-Maranges
around our installations

2nd July - 17th September 2017 : exhibition at the Prieuré de Vausse, 89310 Chatel-Gérard
Saturday 19th August : solo performance


Sunday 11th June at 1am I will light my steam flutes for the Pépète Lumière festival
programme non-stop for 24 hours...

exhibition booklet with images and text

Le Murmure des Feuilles will stay in the Parc de la Madeleine until the end of October 2017,
it is open to the public every day.


L'Eau Touche la Terre

Two installations in Burgundy, Will Menter and Jane Norbury, summer 2016

At the Eglise de Cortiambles from July 9th and at the Halle Ronde, Givry from September 7th


just missed it!

Festival Deltebre Dansa, Catalonia, Spain http://www.deltebredansa.cat/en/

Collaboration with Erick Jimenez "Creative Lab"


Festival "Ecouter pour l'instant" in the village of Queyssac, Dordogne 24140

Installation and solo performance 27th - 30th July 2016



Les Feux du Crépuscule

Fires at Dusk - solo installation and performance at La Turbine, Sampigny-les-Maranges, Burgundy 71150

5th, 6th August 2016

with lighting design by Valérie Colas



concert at the Neuf Portes - duo with Tony di Napoli who makes and plays lithophone

Saturday 23rd April, 2016 at 20h

News coming soon of this year's other projects!
Meanwhile here is a photo to show that I'm doing something...


just missed it!

Vivre Le Lieu
- group exhibition, Ozenay (near Tournus, 71)
17th July - 16th August 2015
artists : Alexandra Engelfriet, Jane Norbury, Clément Borderie, Hiroko Nakajima, Will Menter

site specific installations

curator : Marc de Roover


La Matière Sonore - Exhibition of 3 sound sculptures in and near Metz
20th June - 20th September, 2015

Murmures du Vent at the Jardin Fabert, centre ville

Touchons du Bois at the Jardins Fruitiers de Laquenexy

Litholigne at the Domaine de Lindre

Tout dans le cadre du sentier de cabanes sonores de Moselle Arts Vivants


La Dérive Sonore
- residence in the Camargue, April-July 2015
26th June - Inauguration of sound sculpture made with driftwood and solo performance
31st July, 8pm - solo performance for the Envie Rhônements festival
Le Bois François, Port-Saint-Louis

En Eau - performances with Compagnie Lle at Saules and Bissey-sous-Cruchaud (71)
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June 2015

- installation and performance et the Parc du Saussay, Aulnay-Sous-Bois
Sunday 31st May 2015, 14h-18h


Concert by the GRI - friday 24th April 2015

We are playing for the inauguration of "Les Communs" at Cormatin, Saône et Loire.
The event starts at 6pm and we are programmed to play at 8pm, but the timing could change...

All are welcome

On this occasion the GRI will be:

Didier Levallet (double bass), François Merville (drums), Marie Braun (flutes), Will Menter (soprano, sound sculptures)

a quiet winter, but soon expect news of projects in the Camargue, the Moselle,
Aulnay sous Bois,
Ozenay, Burgundy, Reipoltskirchen and Mainz...
and a new sculpture made with smooth stones worked by the river Durance



exhibition and concert at the neuf portes in December 2014

le dimanche 10 août 2014

Musicancy at the château d'Ancy-le-Franc, Yonne

Installation and 3 mini-concerts during the afternoon

site Musicancy

pdf du programme


from July 29th 2014:
Aventure-jeux "Altaïr et la Forêt musicale" at Agnières en Dévoluy
7 new permanent sound sculptures
communiqué de presse

I am exhibiting at Croq' Jardin, La Roque d'Antheron from July 18th to August 17th 2014

I am exhibiting my piece "Touch Wood" in this group exibition at Arles
26th April - 17th May 2014, Eglise des Frères-Prêcheurs


Christine BERTOCCHI, voix,Jacques DI DONATO, clarinettes, Didier LEVALLET, contrebasse,
Will MENTER, sculptures sonores et tuyaux, Jouk MINOR, saxophones et sarussophone basse,
Didier PETIT, violoncelle et Guillaume ORTI, saxophones

concert saturday 15th March 2014 at 16h00

à la Cité de la Voix

4 rue de l'Hôpital - 89450 VEZELAY

Porté par la compagnie d'un instant à l'autre, le Groupe Régional d’Improvisateurs est une entité mouvante et surprenante à géométrie variable. A l'issue d'une résidence de 2 jours, le GRI vous convie à partager ses explorations.

Reservations or administration@uninstantalautre.com

snowdrops by starlight

It is 3 years since I last exhibited at Cambo near St Andrews, so I think I can say again that it is a rare chance to see and hear my work in Scotland. As in 2011 I am installing a large "touch wood" sculpture (80 metres long) and "branch lines" - but in different sites this time so they will become new pieces. Also I will hang 40 wind flutes from the trees and make two inside installations - "falling water" and "dry sea".

The starlight festival runs from 12th-16th February and the sculptures will stay in place until April 16th for daytime visits. Details here : snowdrops by starlight

Cambo Estate, Kingsbarns by St Andrews, Fife KY16 8QD - phone 01333 450054

Le Son est Toujours Présent

Le Château du Grand Jardin
Joinville, Haute-Marne

21st July 2013 - 15th December

As well as being the title of my new book/cd this is the name of a big retrospective exhibition. In the garden of the château are four installations, including one new work "Litholigne", and a commissioned permanent work "Oak Twins". Click here to view some photos.

Chateau site

Inside, in three different spaces, are eleven works, including one new one "Elm Trio"

There are also two concerts where I will make a special installation and will play in duo with other musicians.

October 12th, in the Salle d'Honneur with Catherine Jauniaux (voice)

December 1st, in the Grande Cuisine with Didier Petit (cello)



group project at Bonlieu, Annecy

13-15 september

I am installing two works in the garden of the "Haras" and there is a
non-stop programme of concerts and performances the whole weekend.

One of my sculptures will stay for several weeks afterwards.

website Bonlieu


Fabulous Sound Machines

Magna, Rotherham

open now, continues until November 4th, 2013

Group exhibition with other sound artists in this old steel works. Well worth a visit for our work and also for the excellent permanent exhibitions. Magna site

Yeuse Lauze

installation and performance 5th May at Beaumont, Ardèche


touchons du bois

installation at Couëron, Nantes, June 8th and 9th

for the festival "Le jardin Singulier"





Exhibition and concert here at the 9 doors, very soon...

"Small and Volonté"

Duo concert with Didier Petit, here at the Neuf Portes, 15th December at 19h.

"life forms" in Lyon

A solo performance and installation in an urban garden in the centre of Lyon for the festival "Fête des Feuilles"

Saturday 24th November at 2pm

Le Jardin de l'Ilôt d'Amaranthes
(angle rue S.Gryphe - Montesqieu - Lyon 7)



Wiesbaden, Germany

Group Exhibition


August 17th - October 14th 2012 at Künstlerverein Walkmühle
more details here and here

plus a performance of "Drips of Wood" and "Life Forms" for a festival to celebrate 50 years of fluxus, August 19th at 8pm - more here

Concert/performance by the duo Elémental at Saulieu (21)

Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 7pm on the Promenade Jean Macé
(Or if it rains, in the Eglise Saint Saturnin)

Aurore Gruel (dance), Will Menter (music and sound sculptures)

see poster


in June I'm taking part in this festival with an installation of Rain Songs and a collective realisation of my piece "Wood Rings" (Bits of Wood)


8-9-10 juin aux Damias 

le hameau des Damias

05300 Eourres


exhibition and concerts at our place

jazz campus - near cluny

installation "touchons du bois" at matour 30th july-3rd september

performance solo "life forms" with the installation
20th august 18h30
festival site

performance duo "élémental" with aurore gruel and sculptures
23rd august (lunchtime 12h30)
festival site

exhibition and performance at ecully, lyon

installation "touchons du bois" in the garden
four sound sculptures inside
16 photos of site specific installations sometimes with dance

performance danse/musique/sculpture with aurore gruel for the opening


exhibition and performances, belfort

Maison de l'environnement, Malsaucy
Festival de printemps : « Faites le plein des sens ! »
Exhibition of sound sculpture "Touchons du Bois" in the park every day 1 april - 1 may

Performances and workshops TWO PEOPLE with Mure Natale and Will Menter

site Malsaucy

4 unarithmetical concerts at my place :

reservations : will@willmenter.com

snowdrops by starlight

A rare chance to see some of my work in Scotland, I am exhibiting as part of the snowdrop festival at Cambo Estate near St Andrews. I have installed a large "touch wood" sculpture (80 metres long) and made a new piece "branch lines" in the woods near the sea (pictured below). I have also installed 4 existing pieces in the stables : Kissing Cousins, Slow Talker, Snail's Pace, Tectonic.

The festival runs from February 1st until March 13th. It is open every day and there are evening tours from 11th-27th February. Details here : snowdrops by starlight

At certain times the stables may be closed, but please ask the staff to open them for you if you go to see my work !

Cambo Estate, Kingsbarns by St Andrews, Fife KY16 8QD - phone 01333 450054

December exhibition atelier des neuf portes

"touchons du bois"

two people dans les montagnes

performance by will menter and mure natale - 11 September 9pm
installation by will menter - 10-12 September 2010
au plateau de peyre, ardèche

information association yeti 04 75 37 23 05 / 06 63 36 73 44

poster with full details

The opening of the exhibition at the Halle Ronde Givry is at 6.30pm 27th July
Will will give a solo performance during the evening.
Everyone is welcome !

Link to a slideshow and text (in French) about the performance at Cortiambles :


terre corps bois
two exhibitions by will menter and jane norbury
and a performance with aurore gruel

objects gently modified - jane norbury
bois contre bois - will menter

exhibition at l'église de cortiambles, givry (71) 10th july - 15th august 2010
proposée par art image et en partenariat avec l'association de sauvegarde de l'église de cortiambles et l'office de tourisme de givry-côte chalonnaise avec le soutien de la ville de chalon-sur-saône et du grand chalon

opening and performance friday 9th july at 7pm with will menter, jane norbury and dancer aurore gruel

à portée de voix – Will Menter
terre sur corps – Jane Norbury

exhibition at the halle ronde, givry (71) 26th july - 8th august 2010
proposée par l'office de tourisme de givry-côte chalonnaise

open day at westmill wind farm

(just off the main road from Swindon to Oxford, click here for details)
a new project where I am installing 42 wind flutes



"touchons du bois"
installation by will menter - 12-17 May 2010
performance by will and aurore gruel - 15 May 4.30pm
at Montigny-sur-Vingeanne (21)

call me for information 03 85 82 08 67

présenté par l'association artbfc


exhibition and performances here!

December 5th-13th, 2009

link to pdf version to send to your friends

performance clapham common london

I'm taking part in the colourscape music festival on Clapham common on saturday September 12th, 1pm-5pm, more details here

performance and group exhibition at arles

La 3ème exposition collective organisée par Originart dans l'Eglise des Frères Prêcheurs en Arles débute le samedi 19 septembre et se termine le samedi 17 octobre 2009.
Le vernissage aura lieu le samedi 19 septembre à 11h avec une performance du musicien et sculpteur sonore Will Menter et de la danseuse Aurore Gruel.
L'exposition, intitulée "L'Air de Riens", rassemble 22 artistes venus de la région mais aussi de toute la France.
L'occasion de présenter des points de vue différents, de faire entendre des voix nouvelles, permettant ainsi de faire se côtoyer dessinateurs, graveurs, laqueurs, sculpteurs et peintres.
Pendant la durée de l'exposition différents évènements culturels sont programmés : performance, lecture sonore, création théâtre, atelier d'écriture (programme complet sur le flyer ci-joint).

Plus d'infos sur le site à la rubrique "Actualités" :



Saturday August 15th : terre pierre a new installation and performance collaboration with Jane Norbury (plasticien), Aurore Gruel (dancer) and Pierre Corbi (musician) at the Briqueterie de Ciry-le-Noble (71)

To see other recent and older events please visit the archive


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