Louise Ann Wilson Company (@lawilsonco) was established in 2008 to deliver the artistic practice and research of Louise Ann Wilson.
Louise is a scenographer, visual artist and researcher who creates: socially engaged and therapeutic scenography that takes the form of multi-sensory site-specific walking-performance, books and artworks and sited-walks and installations in rural landscapes that emplace, re-image and transform ‘missing’, unmarked or challenging life-events. Louise also works with individuals, groups and communities to create bespoke 'life-event walks'
SITE SPECIFIC WORK: PERFORMANCE AND INSTALLATION
The site-specific performance and installation works Louise creates are developed in close collaboration with artists from a broad range of creative disciplines, experts from fields not usually associated with the arts, and people with lay and local knowledge and skills associated with the site. They are made through an extended period of immersion in a chosen landscape using three tiers of cross-disciplinary research in the site, the subject matter and the participants. Work includes: 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-produced with Sap Dance on Morecambe Bay, Lancashire.
LIFE-EVENT WALKS: EMPLACING, RE-IMAGING, TRANSFORMING
Louise creates 'Life-Event Walks' that emplace, re-image and transforming 'missing' unmarked or challenging life events. To develop this work Louise uses a creative 'mapping-walk' process and applies six principles base on the concept of the feminine (material) sublime and the writing and therapeutic landscape practice of Dorothy Wordsworth and her female contemporaries. Work includes: 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.
THERAPEUTIC WALKING: BESPOKE LIFE EVENT WALKS, RESIDENCIES AND WORKSHOPS
Louise works with individuals, groups and communities to create bespoke life-events walks, residencies and workshops.
ART WORK: PAINTING, PRINT, MONTAGE AND PHOTOGRAPH
Louise's paintings, prints, montages and photographs focus on the epic and minutiae in the landscape and the natural environment.
WRITING, TEACHING AND TALKS
In 2017 Louise was awarded a Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from Lancaster Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University. She is regularly invited, or selected, to exhibit 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 is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and works as a visiting lecturer and associate lecturer in Higher Education at undergraduate and postgraduate level and an External Examiner for the BA Performance Design and Practice Central St Martin’s, UAL, London (2014-18). She 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.
From 1998–2008 Louise was the Co-Artistic Director of wilson+wilson (www.wilsonandwilson.org.uk) makers of site-specific performance whose works include: Mulgrave (2005)a four-mile journey into Mulgrave Woods on the North Yorkshire coast; News from the Seventh Floor (2003), a journey around Clements, after-hours; Mapping the Edge (2001), which led participants on an epic journey through the city of Sheffield; House (1998), which transformed two nineteenth-century terraced houses in Huddersfield into an immersive performance that combine theatre, installation, poetry, music and sound.