Photograph: Darren Andrews.
Performer: Ellen Francis.
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.
Click here to listen.
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.