On 17th September 2015 at 3pm you can listen to Clare Balding on a visit to Cumbria, walking and talking with Louise about her latest project, Warnscale: A Land Mark Walk Reflecting on In/Fertility and Childlessness. They were accompanied by Dr Celia Roberts of Lancaster Unversity and Dr Zakyeya Atcha, both of whom were involved in the development of the project.
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Warncale: A Land Mark Walk Reflecting on In/Fertility and Childlessness (Warnscale) is a self guided walking-performance specific to, and created in, Warnscale, an area of fells to the south of Buttermere Lake. The performance is mediated through a walking guide and art book and is aimed at women who are childless by circumstance.
The book (with geology hand lens) is available to purchase at a subsidised price of £23 (plus P&P) here.
Groups and individuals can undertake the walk in their own time.
Exhibition at the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere – 20 June to 19 July
From 20 June to 19 July 2015 performance maker and artist Louise Ann Wilson 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 walking-art book, Warnscale: A Land Mark Walk Reflecting on In/Fertility and Childlessness.
Louise researched and developed Warnscale through in-depth studies of the landscape in which it is situated combined with observational research in fertility clinics, a series of mapping-walks, and a close reading of the journal writings of Dorothy Wordsworth who walked in and wrote extensively about her experience of the landscape of the Lake District. Indeed, Dorothy Wordsworth has informed the book and its aim of engaging the reader/walker in new, or different, ways of engaging with landscape in order to reflect upon and even transform their experiences.
You can find out more about the exhibition by clicking here.
Warnscale: A Land Mark Walk Reflecting on In/Fertlity and Childlessness
A culmination of an experimental new project the publication is designed to enable participants to undertake a self-guided/performed walk in the Warnscale area of fells that lie to the south of Buttermere in the Lake District thereby making their own journey the 'missing' life-event of becoming a biological parent, for which there is no traditional rite of passage.
On 16 May & 17 May 2015, the book will be launched with an exhibition and two days of group walks with Louise. Those who want to join a walking group will need to register through the website here where they will also be able to reserve a copy of the book. Each walk will be followed by light refreshments at the exhibition in Buttermere Village Hall, which will also be open to the public throughout the weekend, about the development of the project and a chance to talk with Louise and others involved in the creation of the book.
The book will subsequently be available for purchase through this website and groups and individuals can undertake the walk in their own time. For information about how to book a place on one of the two group walks planned to launch the project, please visit the gold tabs above.
The project has been made possible with support from Arts Council England, Arts & Humanities Research Council; Seed Bed Trust and LICA, Lancaster University.
Curated and Produced by The Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) in collaboration with the V&A Museum and Nottingham Trent University Make/Believe: Design for Performance 2011-2015 brings together an extraordinary range of contemporary designers and artists in performance to show a collection of new work – made within the last four years.
The exhibition title, Make:Believe, indicates the vision, skills and commitment found in the diversity of performance design today. It will feature work that defines the edges of this artform-in-industry – in music festivals, large scale events such as the Olympics, Paralympics, community opera, found space and promenade performance, in digital, landscape, heritage and media contexts, as well as the intimate and highly valued work that designers are currently doing in education, health and various community settings.
Revealing the ideas and processes behind performance made by UK designers here and internationally,the exhibition features work that defines the edges of this art form-in-industry. Make/Believe includes work for music festivals, large scale events such as the Olympics, Paralympics, opera and dance as well as found space and promenade performance, and in digital, heritage and media contexts. It also gives an insight into the intimate and highly valued work that designers are currently doing in education, health and various community settings.
For more information click here.
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
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.
From 13 August to 9 November 2014 a film of Still Life is showing in the Sea Change: The Art of England's North West Coast exhibition at the Atkinson Museum & Gallert, Stockport. The film is based on the live performance work Still Life and was specially conceived for the camera by creators Louise Ann Wilson and Nigel Stewart of Sap Dance.
For more information on the exhibition please click here.