August 2021, Princesshay, Exeter, Devon
Tell it to the Bees was a honeybee-inspired walking-performance specifically created for Exeter city centre. The performance led participants on a route through the city centre and, pausing at a number of locations where through words, music, film and actions time, reflected upon the relevance of these traditions to experiences during the Covid-19 Pandemic and our recovery from it.
May 2020, Lancaster and Morecambe
Lockdown in Lancaster and Morecambe: Walk, Run, Pedal, Push, Map makes visible the paths and places that participating residents of Lancaster and Morecambe visited during the COVID-19 lockdown in spring-summer 2020. These are the paths and places that gave us breathing space – mentally, emotionally and physically.
SPRING-SUMMER 2020, UK and International
During the spring-summer lockdown (and beyond) people have created memory-maps of walks they have not been able to do phyically. I have now compiled a gallery of the maps, words and photos of those who shared their remembered walks with me.
Image: Awena Carter's Walk Around the Cwm: ‘To Walk was My Delight’ memory map.
‘what a labour of joy and love it has been….‘there are so many memories of people woven into the walk’ (Awena Carter, 2020)
May 2018 (ongoing), Lake District, Cumbria
Women’s Walks to Remember: 'With Memory I was there' is a ‘surrogate’ walking-art project specific to the Lake District that re-walks significant walks of those who are no longer able to walk them. The walk might have been for work, leisure, adventure, health, remembrance, creativity, science, companionship or solitude. The reason that the walk can no longer be done might be due to the effects of ageing, illness, accident or circumstance.
2018 (and tour), Rydal Mount, Ambleside, Cumbria
Dorothy's Room is an immersive installation originally created in Dorothy Wordsworth’s bedroom at Rydal Mount in Ambleside, Cumbria and inspired by Dorothy’s Rydal Journals in which she was bed-bound relying on memory to transport herself into the landscape she had once walked. Dorothy's Room is a companio to the related Women's Walks to Remember: 'With Memory I was there.'
2-11 November 2018, Lancaster Priory, Lancaster
July 2017, Published by LAW Co, Leeds
Mulliontide: A Guide for Walkers, enables others to undertake the coastal walk from Poldhu Cove to Mullion Cove that I created in 2016 in collaboration with residents of Mullion, Cornwall.
October 2016 (ongoing), Poldhu Cove to Mullion Cove, Cornwall
Mulliontide was a coastal walking-perofmance from Poldhu Cove to Mullion Cove in Cornwall that focused on a much-loved landscape and explores the places where land, sea and people meet. The performance noticed the effects of tide and time, acknowledged deep feelings for place and recognised the challenges of change – personal and topographical.
January 2017, Mardale Head, Bampton
The process of creating Mulliontide (2016) led to a project entitled Harold's Walk: A Walk to Remember.
16-17 May 2015 (ongoing), Warnscale Fells, Buttermere
Warnscale: A Land Mark Walk Reflecting on In/fertility and Childlessness is a self guided walk specific to, and created in, Warnscale, an area of fells to the south of Buttermere Lake.
12-14 September 2014, Hafod Y Llan, Snowdonia
The Gathering / Yr Helfa was a site-specific walking-performance based on the annual fertility, reproductive and life-cycles of the ewes at Hafod y Llan Farm, Snowdon, Wales.
May 2011, Ingleborough, Yorkshire Dales
Fissure (20 - 22 May 2011), was a unique walking performance that unfolded over three days in the Yorkshire Dales. It was an extraordinary encounter between artists, scientists, audiences and landscape that explored life, death, grief and renewal.
April 2018, Clougha Pike, Forest of Bowland
Close-up Clougha Pike is a collection of photographs that capture the extraordinary colour, texture and form of the lichens growing on the rocks at Clougha Pike fell.
March-September 2017, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria
Site-specific research and development project leading to prototype for a set of three artist’s books entitled Pendle, Firbank and Swarthmoor (forthcoming 2019). The books respond to three sites in North West England important to Quaker history.
I work with seven 'scenographic' principles developed through her practice and a close study of Dorothy Wordsworth and her female comtemporaries approach to, and way, of engaging with landscape. Their ‘mode’ can, I suggests, be understood and analysed through the concept of the feminine 'material' sublime and offers a counterpoint to the ‘masculine’ or ‘transcendent sublime’, which was dominant in the Early Romantic period in which she, and some of her female contemporaries who also informed the principles, were writing.
In 2016 I was awarded a Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from Lancaster Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University. The title of my written thesis is: Emplacing, Re-Imaging and Transforming ‘Missing’ Life-Events: A Feminine Sublime Approach to the Creation of Socially Engaged Scenography in Site-Specific Walking-Performance in Rural Landscapes.
I have published books, book chapters, e-publications and journal articles. At present I am writing a book entitled Sites of Transformation under contract to Bloomsbury Methuen nad have an article entitled: ‘Dorothy Wordsworth’s Legacy: A feminine ‘material’ sublime approach to the creation of applied and socially engaged scenography in mountainous landscapes.’ In the current issue of Performance Research: On Mountains. Vol. 24, No. 2.
I regularly talk about and present my practice and research at conferences and symposiums as well as in the press, media and on radio broadcasts.
I regularly exhibit my practice and research often curating my site-specific landscape-performances into galleries where objects, sound, film and performance elements are distilled into installations.
I have over 25 years experience as a visiting and associate lecturer in Higher Education at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
I am regularly invited as a guest lecturer to give talks and presentations on my practice and research. Most recently on the MA in Performance Design at Leeds University, the BA in Performing Arts, at Cumbria University and the BA in Site-Specific Performance at Edgehill University.
I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and has a number of teaching qualifications including the Supporting Learning Programme (SLP), awarded by Lancaster University and was an External Examiner for the BA Performance Design and Practice Central St Martin’s, UAL, London (2014-18).
September 2012, Langden Valley, Trough of Bowland
Ghost Bird (15 & 16 September 2012), was a silent walking-performance and live-art installation specific to the Langden Valley in the Trough of Bowland, an upland landscape internationally important for its heather moorland, blanket bog and rare birds.
September 2009, Silverdale, Lancashire
Jack Scout (17 - 26 Sept 2009) was a walking performance specific to Jack Scout, an intimate location in Silverdale, Lancashire, of bewitching beauty and extraordinary aesthetic, cultural and scientific value overlooking the vast sands and tides of Morecambe Bay.
Sept 2008, Far Arnside, Morecambe Bay
Still Life was an intertidal performance specific to the sands of Morecambe Bay and the shoreline at Far Arnside in Sept 2008 and rev. 2009. It was created and performed by Louise Ann Wilson and Nigel Stewart.
31 March - 6 April 2019, Lancaster Priory, Lancaster
Mothering Sunday is for many people a challenging and painful day. In acknowledgement of this I have collaborated with the arists Rachel-Ann Powers to create a space in the St Nicholas Chapel where the absences, losses and longings experienced around Mothering Sunday can be acknowledged and held.