The Walking-Art Project, Cumbria

Coming Soon

May 2015

Louise is creating an interactive walk in an upland area of the Lake District which will be available for participants to experience individually and in groups from the Spring 2015. Please join the mailing list or keep checking back to the News page for further updates. 

Call for Participants

Spring-Winter 2014

Louise is creating an interactive walk in an upland area of the Lake District, Cumbria. The proposed walk will follow a route through a dramatic and varied landscape selected specifically for the project that will provide participants the opportunity to reflect on the significant, but under represented, 'missing' life-event of not becoming a biological mother through circumstance rather than choice.

As part of the process of making this proejct Louise is looking to engage a small focus group of individual women who are childless by circumstance in series of mapping-walks during which participants, either one-to-one or in a group, will search for and explore features of the landscapes that symbolically reflect experiences that relate to being without a biological child. Landscape features might, for instance, include: a rocky steep climb; a mirror-like tarn that reflects the sky in it still surface; and fleeting phenomena such as a delicate flower rooting in the crack of a rock, rain clouds that gather on the horizon, and the moon as it waxes full. From these mapping exercises one single multi-layer map plotting a rite-of-passage transition-walk will be created that can be used by solo walkers as well as groups.

Louise would be interested in hearing from you if the following applies:

You are looking at a future that might not involve having your biological child. This might be due to your life or social circumstances, or to biologically-determined or age-related infertility, and you might have attempted, or decided against, fertility treatment.

You are an experienced walker happy to cross uneven and steep, rocky terrain, regardless of inclement weather, in a mountainous area for a day.

You are interested in the process of mapping the journey (one day of walking), and later undertaking the finished walk and reflecting on it. 

The ‘mapping-walks’ will take place in Cumbria from Spring to Winter 2014. The completed self-guided walk will be launched on-site and with an exhibtion in Buttermere Village Hall in May 2015 - details tbc.

If you would like to find out more, please email Louise via the Contact page.

To develop this project Louise is working with sociologist Celia Roberts, scientist Joyce Harper and geologist Mike Kelly. It is supported by Gateway Women, CARE Fertility Group, ACE, the AHRC, LICA, Lancaster University, Honister Slate Quarry, local landowners and their tenants.

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Mapping Workshop (Walks to Remember) with Louise Ann Wilson at the Creative Adventures in Dementia Festival in May 2018.

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Fertility Fest 2018

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Glad-Var Gallery Exhibition

 is to exhibit some of her recent water colour paintings from the series entitled 'Petra' in the forthcoming exhibition “GLAD-VAR” @ GALLERY 23 in Lancaster. 

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Mobile Utopia: Conference, Exhibition, Catalogue

2-5 November 2017, Lancaster University.

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Mulliontide: A Guide for Walkers

Publication of Mulliontide: A walk from Poldhu Cove to Mullion Cove.

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Mulliontide: NEW walk by Louise Ann Wilson

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Louise to speak at Fertility Fest 2016

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Warnscale on BBC Radio 4 ‘Ramblings’

On 17th September 2015 at 3pm you can listen to Clare Balding on a visit to Cumbria, walking with Louise and talking about her latest project, Warnscale: A Land Mark Walk Reflecting on In/Fertility and Childlessness. 

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Warnscale book available to buy

Warnscale: A Land Mark Walk Reflecting on In/Fertility and Childlessness is a multi-layered book designed to enable walkers to undertake a self-guided/performed walk in the Warnscale area of fells that lie to the south of Buttermere, Cumbria…

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Warnscale Exhibition at The Wordsworth Trust

From 20 June to 19 July 2015 Louise will present an exhibition of photographs, drawings and artefacts at the Wordsworth Trust that offer an insight into the 12 month process of creating her new…

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Warnscale: A Land Mark Walk

Warnscale: A Land Mark Walk Reflecting on In/Fertility and Childlessness. Book launch, exhibition and walks, 16 & 17 May 2015.

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Make/Believe: Design for Performance 2011-2015

14-31 January 2015 (Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm). Louise exhibits Ghost Bird in the The SBTD’s new national exhibition in the Newton Building at Nottingham Trent University. 

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The Walking-Art Project, Cumbria

Coming Soon Louise is creating an interactive walk in an upland area of the Lake District which will be available for interested participants to experience individually and in groups from May 2015. Please join the mailing list or keep checking back…

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Still Life at Sea Change exhibition

13 August - 9 November 2014, film of Still Life showing in the Sea Change exhibition at the Atkinson Museum & Gallery, Stockport.

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The Gathering - watch the live stream

On 14th September 2014, The Gathering / Yr Helfa was live-streamed, the recording will be available until 28th September 2014.

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The Gathering / Yr Helfa

12-14 September 2014 was a new site-specific walking-performance inspired by the annual cycles of sheep-farming at Hafod y Llan farm, Snowdonia, Wales.

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‘Creating A Scene’ on Tour

Creating a Scene: Collaboration in Art and Theatre 28 June - 27 August 2014 Oriel Davies Gallery in Powys, Wales Louise was invited to exhibit a special selection of nine production photographs from across LAW Co's entire body of work from 2008 to…

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Fissure Exhibition at AirSpace Gallery

7 February - 15 March 2014 (Now Closed). Production photographs of Fissure (2011), were exhibited as part of The Walking Encyclopedia exhibition at AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.

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Ghost Bird Exhibition, Cumbria

From 18 January - 4 April 2014 (Now Closed) our Ghost Bird exhibition was open to the public at RSPB Geltsdale, Cumbria. The exhibition included stunning production photographs of our 2012 live production by internationally renowned photographer Manuel Vason,…

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Creating a Scene Exhibition

Louise exhibits production photographs as part of Creating a Scene at the National Centre for Craft and Design, Lincolnshire between 24 January - 21 April 2014.

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