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#WalkCreate Gathering: ‘Walks to Remember’ Walkshops & Recipe

Walks to Remember : Walkshops & Recipe
#WalkCreate Gathering
18 & 19 May in London and online

This week, on Day 1 of the #WalkCreate Gathering, I am leading two Walks to Remember: 'With Memory I was there' memory-mapping/walking walkshops.

#WalkCreate shares and celebrates the use of creative walking to enhance wellbeing and community during Covid-19, and beyond. The Gathering is free to attend (for all or part of a day), and there will be complimentary refreshments and lunch available to those who can make it in person.

To see the schedule, line-up and to book tickets, please go to this web page.

On Day 2 of the gathering, #WalkCreate will launch The Walkbook: Recipes for walking and wellbeing. This hot-off-the-press publication contains 30 recipes to support readers to walk during a pandemic and beyond it, indoors and out. 

Each recipe --- including my 'walks to remember' memory-mapping/walking recipe --- has been devised by an artist and aims to inspire and entice. The collection invites readers to surprise themselves, see their local environment anew, leave messages for others, pause between steps...​

The Performance of Sacred Spaces

My chapter, ‘A Place that Stands Apart: Emplacing, re-imaging and transforming life-events through walking-performance in rural landscapes' in published in Silvia Batista (ed) The Performance of Sacred Places: Crossing, Breathing, Resisting (2021)

Published by Intellect, Bristol

Wild Woman Press

Wild Woman Web Spinners 2022: Thread 42 - Sites of Transformation

Mulliontide: Centring People and Place

On Saturday 5 March 2022, at the ‘Connecting Coastal Heritage, Communities and Climate Change’ conference, I will be making a presentation called 'Mulliontide: Centring People and Place'.

My presentation is part of the panel entitled 'The inevitability of loss: How understanding the historic/natural environment can help adapt to loss?' and explores the making, performing and impact of Mulliontide, a coastal performance-walk from Poldhu Cove to Mullion Cove that I created in Cornwall in 2016.

The conference is curated and produced by CITiZAN.

Sites of Transformation: Applied and Socially Engaged Performance in Rural Landscapes

NEW BOOK - PUBLISHED BY BLOOMSBURY METHUEN, 24 FEB 2022

In Sites of Transformation practitioner and researcher Louise Ann Wilson examines the expanding field of socially engaged scenography and the development of scenography as a distinctive type of applied art and performance practice that seeks tangible, therapeutic, and transformative real-world outcomes.

Using case-studies drawn from the body of site-specific walking-performances she has created in the UK over the last decade, Wilson demonstrates how she uses scenography to emplace challenging, marginalizing or ‘missing’ life-events into rural landscapes – creating a site of transformation – in which participants can reflect-upon, re-image, re-imagine their relationship to their circumstances. 

 

Discount code (when purchasing on Bloomsbury.com): UK: GLR 9XLUK 

Walks to Remember During a Pandemic in #WalkCreate Digital Gallery

Walks to Remember During a Pandemic: ‘With memory I was there’ is featured in Gallery 1 of the #WalkCreate Digital Gallery 

 

 

 

This virtual gallery has been curated as part of the Walking Publics/Walking Arts project led by Professor Dee Heddon with Professor Maggie O’Neill, Dr. Morag Rose, Clare Qualmann and Dr. Harry Wilson.

 

Illustration: Awena Carter’s Walk Around the Cwm: ‘To Walk was My Delight’ 

 

Tell it to the Bees - exhibition

Tell it to the Bees to be exhibited in Opening Up: Threads and Beelines

6-11 December 2021 at Maketank in Exeter
5 Paris Street, Exeter, EX1 2JB

 

Please join me – and the Outside the Box: Open-Air Performance as a Pandemic Response team – for the opening reception at 4pm on Sunday 5 December

I am delighted to be exhibiting Tell it to the Bees alongside the work of artist Elizabeth Philps.

Outside the Box was initiated as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and a desire to celebrate open air, environmentally engaged, in-person assembly through performance practice.

Tell it to the Bees

Tell it to the Bees  is a new honeybee-inspired walking-performance specifically created for Exeter city centre this August. 

In a small group of no more than 18 people, Tell it to the Bees will start by introducing you to the honeybees in their hives on the roof of the Princesshay Shopping Centre and the age old practice telling your troubles and hopes to the bees. From there you will be led on a route through the city centre pausing at a number of locations where through words, music, film and actions time and space will be created to reflect upon the relevance of these traditions to experiences during the Covid-19 Pandemic and our recovery from it. 

Tell it to the Bees features the Exeter based musician Roz Harding.

 

Dates: Friday, 13th of August and Saturday, 14th of August.

The show runs once on Friday at 2:00pm and twice on Saturday at 10:30am and 2:00pm. The performance will be approx. 2 hours.

Tickets are free but advanced booking is necessary.

Exhibition - Lockdown in Lancaster and Morecambe:  Walk, Run, Pedal, Push, Map

Lockdown in Lancaster and Morecambe:  Walk, Run, Pedal, Push, Map is now being exhibited at the Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University, Lancaster. Projected over two PPE intensive care gowns suspended in the space, the map makes visible the paths we followed from 16 March (start of national lockdown) to the end of July 2020. It builds week by week and shows how our routes accumulated and grew over that period of time.
 
Tickets are free but due to Social Distancing booking is required. Please visit: www.lancasterarts.org

The exhibition is temporarily CLOSED due to the Covid 19 Lockdown.

This is part of Lancaster Arts Walking/Moving/Seeing project in the Breathing Space programme.

 

Lockdown in Lancaster and Morecambe:  Walk, Run, Pedal, Push, Map

Are you discovering new places and routes to walk, run, pedal or push due to the current stay at home restrictions we are experiencing due to COVID-19? Places and routes that give you a breathing space – mentally, spiritually and physically? If so, please record them and add them to a new artwork, Lockdown in Lancaster and Morecambe: Walk, Run, Pedal, Push, Map

Since the Lockdown, I have been running and walking every day from home. Gradually, I have found and followed new paths that have taken me to parts of Lancaster that I didn’t know were there! I am not alone in these findings and revelations – lots of others have told me they are doing exactly the same as me. Whether it be on foot or bicycle, with pushchair or wheelchair we are still venturing out from home. Those who can’t leave the house, move very far or easily are walking indoors, in yards, squares, gardens, streets and parks. These shorter routes are just as important.

So, can you start recording your favourite lockdown walks and share them with me?

All of the mapped routes will be combined in to a single Lockdown in Lancaster and Morecambe: Walk, Run, Pedal, Push, Map map. This map will then become a bespoke artwork that abstracts and stitches the routes and paths into a made-at-home PPE intensive care gown.

Submitting your route is simple, you can do so either electronically or by hand. Find out how and more here.   

This project is part of Lancaster Arts Breathing Space Programme.

Walks to Remember During a Pandemic: ‘With memory I was there’

Is there a walk that you long to do but can’t due to the current restrictions imposed upon us because of COVID-19? If so, could you make a memory-map of that walk?

MEMORY-MAPPING

The activity of drawing a memory-map is the most important thing – not the finished product. Through remembering you can be transported beyond the physical limits of a room or a house.

Your memory-mapping can be undertaken alone or as a shared activity with others of ALL ages – family, friends, groups. It can be done in person or at a distance. I’ve done memory-mappings via Skype and at times people have drawn a map on behalf of a person unable to mark-make themselves. 

You can create as many memory-maps of as many walks as you wish – this could be a one-off or a daily or weekly activity. Your memory-map can include words, lines, symbols. It can be pictorial, graphic or abstract. It can be drawn in pencil, crayon, felt tip or a combination of materials. 

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‘Moments of Being’: Mountain, Cave, Coast

Walking-Performance in rural landscapes. An exhibition by Louise Ann Wilson

 7 – 27 November 2019

Archive Gallery, Heaton Cooper Studio, Grasmere

The exhibition is about how, by using alternative viewpoints and perspectives, Louise’s work invites us to look at the landscape differently in order to transform the way we think about ‘missing’, marginal or challenging life-events. Familiar and much loved sites including mountains, caves and coast, become places where both personal and public issues can be addressed. 

Showing film, photographs, objects, drawings, poems and texts 'Moments of Being’: Mountain, Cave, Coast draws on the body of work Louise has created over the last decade. These works have been staged in the Lake District, Cornwall, Snowdonia, the Trough of Bowland, the Ingleborough Fells, and Morecambe Bay.The exhibition is part of The Kendal Mountain Festival 2019.

Image: Jack Scout (2010). Creators: Louise Ann Wilson and Nigel Stewart. Dancer: Natasha Fewings. Photographer: Nicola Tarr. 

'Moments of Being’ was part of the Kendal Mountian Festival 2019.

It was funded Kendal Mountain Festival, Lancaster University and supported by Lancaster Arts and the Heaton Cooper Studio.

Walking’s New Movement

1-3 November 2019, University of Plymouth                                                    

'With memory I was there’: The Surrogate Walker

At the Walkings New Movement - a conference to discuss the latest developments and future prospects for radical walking - my  paper how memory-mapping processes and surrogate walking can be mobilised to re-member and access physical landscapes that can no longer be walked but are vividly remembered and longed for. 

I explore two interlinked projects: Women’s Walks to Remember: ‘With memory I was there’ (2018-19), in  landscapes people can no longer walk but long-for are remembered and mapped and Dorothy’s Room (2018), an immersive installation created the bedroom at Rydal Mount in which Dorothy Wordsworth was bed-bound.

Performance Research: On Mountains Volume 24, Issue 2

I have an article entitled 'Dorothy Wordsworth and her Female Contemporaries’ Legacy: A feminine ‘material’ sublime approach to the creation of walking-performance in mountainous landscapes' published in the current issue of Performance Research: On Mountains Volume 24, Issue 2.

Issue editors: Jonathan Pitches & David Shearing
ISSN: 1352-8165 (2019) 24:2

The photograph on the front of the journal is from The Gathering / Yr Helfa.

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Performance Research: On Mountains on 25/7/19, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13528165.2019.1624046

Landlines: Explorations of Art, Landscape and the Environment

5 – 14 September 2019

Royal Geographical Society, London 

Opening: 4 September, 18:00 – 21:00

As a member of the Wilderness Artist Collective I am delighted to be exhibiting Dorothy’s Room and Women’s Walks to Remember: ‘With Memory I was there’ in Landlines: Explorations of Art, Landscape and the Environment.

The exhibition showcases the work of fifteen artists working in or with landscape and explores the question: What is the role of the contemporary artist in thinking about landscape and the environment in the early 21st century? 

Lunch Time Talk

On Thursday 5 September (12.30pm to 1.10pm) I will be giving a lunchtime talk Remembering in the exhibition space. The event is free but please book a place if you would like to come along. Also, take a look at the other fantastic talks and demonstrations taking place throughout the period of the exhibition.

DISCONSOLATE Mothering Sunday Installation

31 March - 6 April 2019

Lancaster Priory, Lancaster 

Mothering Sunday is for many people a challenging and painful day. In acknowledgement of I have collaborate with the artist Rachel-Ann Powers to create a space in the St. Nicholas Chapel at Lancaster Priory where the absences, lossed and longings experienced around the day can be acknowledged and held. 

Central to the space is a carved wooden chest – the image on the cards is a rubbing from the front of this chest – into which has been placed a semi-opaque print of words inspired by a monument in the chapel. The monument, dedicated by her ‘disconsolate’ parents is ‘Sacred to the Memory of Sybil Elizabeth Wilson.’ The installation has unpacked the word ‘disconsolate’ revealing the deep levels of meaning and feeling held within it. Words that might more fully reflect some of difficult feelings prompted by Mothering Sunday.

The cards are printed with the rubbing from the chest overlaid with the meaning of the word ‘disconsolate’. On the reverse of the card are verses extracted from psalms 22-23 that move us between despair and hope. Offering comfort to those who are ‘unable to be comforted.’

The space is open to all on Mothering Sunday and throughout the following week. 

Photograph: Rachel-Ann Powers

MOVE Exhibition

8 February - 22 March 2019

Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University

Dorothy's Room and the Women's Walks to Remember: 'With Memory I was there' booklets I have been creating are being shown as part Lancaster Arts new Move Exhibition.

Move opens at 6pm tomorrow at the Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University and runs from 8 February to 22 March 2019.

My work will be shown alongside that of the artists Kathy Hinde, Hannah Catherine Jones, Simone Kenyon and Jen Southern whose work also connects with travel, finding our ways and routes through places and history. 

Move comments on the natural world and landscape linking to ancestry, cultural reparation and the powerful nature of memory.

Photograph: Dorothy's Room.

Photographer: Peter Scott Gallery.

 

The Lives of Others Symposium

Friday 16 November 2018

The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University

Curated by Tabitha Moses The Lives of Others symposium seeks to investigate the ways in which people and their stories have inspired artists, writers, film makers, musicians, performers and activists. Speakers from a range of disciplines will consider modes of storytelling, the right to authorship and the fine ...

Louise's presentation explores the ‘Lives of Others’ theme from her perspective as an artist and researcher who creates walking-performances in rural landscapes that emplace, re-image and transform ‘missing’, marginal and challenging life-events. She discusses how her work has addressed terminal illness, death and bereavement, infertilityand biological childlessness, coping with change and the effects of ageing. 

Image: The Lives of Others poster showing Investment by Tabitha Moses

Into The Mountains: A Meet

24 November 2018

Tramway, Glasgow

Into The Mountain: A Meet brings together practitioners and enthusiasts interested in the intersections and conversations between the arts, dance, mountain and hill walking cultures. Together we will critically explore through talks, discussions and sessions, how women+ encounter and engage with mountainous environments, considering both historical and current perspectives of gender in relationship to landscapes. We will also delve into the entanglements between dance, mountaineering, contemporary feminist writing, science and multiple arts practices.

In her presentation Louise shows how the writing of the Dorothy Wordsworth and her female contemporaries, including Charlotte Smith and Ann Radcliffe suggests a feminine 'material' sublime ‘mode’ of engaging with landscape that enabled them to see afresh ‘everyday’ objects, people and experiences (including their own) that were ordinarily overlooked or on the edges of social and cultural discourses. 

Photograph of Louise by Erika Stevenson

This Girl Did: Dorothy Wordsworth and Women’s Mountaineering

18 November 2018

Kendal Montain Festival

Brewery Arts Centre Theatre, Kendal

200 years ago, on October 7 1818, Dorothy Wordsworth and her friend Mary Barker climbed England’s highest peak: Scafell Pike. Dorothy’s account is among the earliest surviving accounts of the feat, and was a pioneering event in the history of women’s mountaineering.

At this event, we will premiere a short film created as part of the project This Girl Did: Dorothy Wordsworth and Women’s Mountaineering by the award-winning filmmakers Jago Miller, Richard Berry and Ben Barden, in collaboration with Cumbria-based artist Alex Jakob-Whitworth, the Wordsworth Trust and academics from Lancaster University. The film interweaves a performance piece by Jakob-Whitworth that reimagines Dorothy’s ascent of Scafell with details from Dorothy’s account of the excursion and research on Scafell Pike’s cultural history.

Alongside the film première, this event will feature talks by Joanna Taylor (University of Manchester) on the history of Dorothy’s climb, and Alex Jakob-Whitworth and Louise Ann Wilson on their creative responses to Dorothy Wordsworth’s legacies for walking practices.

Louise's presntation looks at Dorothy's Room and Women's Walks to Remember: "With memory I was there."

Image by Alex Jacob-Whitworth