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.
May 2018 (ongoing), Lake District, Cumbria
Women’s Walks to Remember: "With Memory I was there" celebrates the walking-lives of Lake District women and collects significant walks that can no longer be walked.
February 2019, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University
Dorothy's Room is an immersive installation originally created in Dorothy Wordsworth’s bedroom at Rydal Mount in Ambleside 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 part of Louise's project Women's Walks to Remember: 'With Memory I was there.'
January 2017, Mardale Head, Bampton
The process of creating Mulliontide (2016) led to a project entitled Harold's Walk: A Walk to Remember.
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.
2-11 November 2018, Lancaster Priory, Lancaster
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 inspired by the annual cycles of sheep-farming at Hafod y Llan farm located on 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
My Clougha Pike Collection of photographs are exhibited in the Upcycle/Recylce exhibition at Gallery 23, Arteria, Lancaster.
29-30 October 2016, Poldhu Cove to Mullion Cove, Cornwall
Mulliontide coastal walk that focuses on a much-loved landscape and explores the places where land, sea and people meet. The walk notices the effects of tide and time, acknowledges deep feelings for place and recognises the challenges of change – personal and topographical.
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.
Louise has works with 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.
In 2016 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's published books inlcude Mulliontide: A Guide for Walkers and Warnscale: A Land Mark Walk Reflecting On In/Fertility And Childlessness. She has written articles and chapters for a number of book and journals.
Louise works as a visiting lecturer at undergraduate and postgraduate level at a number of universities and 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).
Louise regularly presents her practice and research at conferences and symposiums as well as in the press, media and on radio broadcasts. She is a member of the advisory board for the research project Performing Landscapes: Mountains led by Joanthan Pitches at Leeds University.
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 2010, Silverdale, Lancashire
Jack Scout (17 - 26 Sept 2010) 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.