Walk On Exhibition at The Atkinson

Last night was the Private view of the fascinating new exhibition at The Atkinson.

From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff 40 years of Art Walking, this exhibition explores some of the many ways in which artists have approached, experienced and documented walks/walking.

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Tracy Hanna – Hill Walking

For this exhibition I created an interactive piece of art within the ArtBox to get visitors to consider their journey to The Atkinson. With reference to the work in the exhibition created by Sophia New and Daniel Belasco Rogers in Plan B, visitors are invited to mark their journey along a large map of Southport by threading red yarn through eyelets. The process of considering and contemplating the journeys is explored further by the written notes at the start of each line which give personal accounts of observations and opinions. This piece of work will develop over the duration of the exhibition.

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Displayed is photographs and drawings from Marina Abramovic’s epic 90 day walk from the East along the great wall of China to meet her partner, Ulay travelling towards her from the West in The Lovers. I find this incredibly moving especially when contemplating the actuality of hour upon hour of walking with prolonged focus and anticipation of the final goal. Also the poignancy of the meeting of two people, the importance we place on finding the other, how far will we travel? of two becoming one. The couple split up not long after this project which adds a new dimension and line of thought when contemplating the work.

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 Julian Opie has gone for little steps, literally. Using computer animation he had documented the walk of a toddler. Taking a photograph every twenty steps the toddler makes, these beautiful images are displayed one after another forming a mesmerizing experience of the journey undertaken.

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There is the opportunity to be involved with Mike Collier hosting art walks during the summer along The Sefton Coast. Mike’s work is a fascinating mix of word, spoken word, visual art, sound, photography and happenings along literal journeys and journeys into thought and retrospect. Journeys are recorded and explored in multiple layers leaving an enriched understanding of place and time.

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This exhibition is a fantastic collection of work that makes me think, makes me laugh and inspires me to create.  For this a huge thank you to everyone involved and in particular Cynthia Morrison-Bell,  who was inspirational to be around during the set up.

Now, Im off for a walk.

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Saturday Art Club – World Map Project

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The first term project for this years Saturday Art Club at The Chapel Gallery was based on a map of the world.

In the beginning we discussed places in the world that the children had personal affinities with – where they may have family living, where they are from, where they had been on holiday or where they would love to go.  We used an atlas and located different countries and discussed if they were well known for anything in particular.

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These discussions led to visual interpretations which the children developed in their work. Some had most detail in the sea, some had details in sea and on land whilst others perfected particular painting techniques. We used mixed media – collage, painting and drawing to create personalised maps of the world.

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These maps were based on a factual depiction of the world, however creative imaginations took small liberties with new islands popping up here and there. This project was great fun and some really stunning work was developed which the children were thrilled to take home.

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