Louise Ann Wilson Company (@lawilsonco) was established in 2008 to deliver the artistic practice and research of Dr Louise Ann Wilson.
Louise is a visual artist and researcher who creates socially engaged and applied scenography in rural landscapes that emplace, re-image and transform ‘missing’, unmarked or challenging life-events. This work takes the form of site-specific walking-performances, books and installations.
Louise's projects are developed in close collaboration with experts from fields not usually associated with the arts, and people with lay and local knowledge of the site. They are made through an extended period of immersion in a chosen landscape using three tiers of cross-disciplinary research into the site, the subject matter and related science (biological and social) and with participants who are themselves experiencing the effects of the underlying subject matter.
She also applies six scenographic principles based on the concept of the feminine (material) sublime and developed through a close study of Dorothy Wordsworth and her female comtemporaries approach to, and way, of engaging with landscape. Their ‘mode’ can, she suggests, be understood and analysed through the concept of the feminine 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.
Dorothy's Room (current); Women's Walks to Remember (current); Harold's Walk: A Walk to Remember; Mulliontide (2016), a coastal walk from Poldhu Cove to Mullion Cove in Cornwall, evolved in collaboration with local residents, that notices the effects of tide and time, acknowledges deep feelings for place and recognises the challenges of change – personal and topographical; Warnscale: A Land Mark Walk Reflecting On Infertility and Childlessness (Warnscale) (2015-ongoing), a self-guided walking-performance and specific to the Warnscale fells in Cumbria aimed at women who are biologically childless-by-circumstance and mediated through a published walking-guide/artist book.The Gathering / Yr Helfa (2014) (with National Theatre Wales), a site-specific walking-performance that revealed the seasonal reproductive cycles of the ewes of Hafod y Llan, an upland sheep farm in Snowdonia, Wales; Ghost Bird (Sept 2012), a silent walk and live-art installation in the Trough of Bowland; Fissure (May 2011), a three-day long pilgrimage exploring death and renewal in the Yorkshire Dales; Still Life (Sept 2008, rev.2009) and Jack Scout (Sept 2010) both co-productions with Sap Dance in response to two locations on Morecambe Bay, Lancashire.
THERAPEUTIC WALKING: LIFE-EVENT WALKS AND WORKSHOPS
Louise works with individuals, groups and communities to create bespoke life-events walks, residencies and workshops.
In 2017 Louise was awarded a Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from Lancaster Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University. The title of her 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’.
Louise regularly exhibits her work and present her practice and research at a conferences and symposiums as well as in the press, media and on radio broadcasts. She works as a visiting lecturer at undergraduate and postgraduate level at a number of universities ans is 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. She was an External Examiner for the BA Performance Design and Practice Central St Martin’s, UAL, London (2014-18).
From 1998–2008 Louise was the Co-Artistic Director of wilson+wilson (www.wilsonandwilson.org.uk) makers of site-specific performance whose projects include Mulgrave (2005), News from the Seventh Floor (2003), Mapping the Edge (2001), House (1998).