Mike Collier: Art and Walking

Wednesday 14 May 2014, 5:30-7pm

Admission Free

In this presentation and discussion, Mike Collier will talk about a series of collaborative art-walking projects with natural historians, photographers, writers, sound artists and members of the public across a range of landscapes of the North of England, embarked on over the last three years.

Field Notes – A Walk up the Tyne and the North Tyne – From Sea to Source

In Temperley’s Tread – a 45-mile walk across the Durham uplands in the footsteps of renowned natural historian George Temperley.

Street Flowers – Urban Survivors of the Privileged Land – a series of walks around the edgelands of Sunderland.

Walking through the Sands of Time: A Walk Along the Sefton Coastal Footpath (forthcoming).

All these projects link science and art to local issues, exploring new, embodied, ways of engaging with, and creating a sharper understanding of, the impact of change on the fragile eco-systems of our landscapes.

Collier is the co-founder – along with colleagues Tim Brennan and Brian Thompson – of WALK (Walking, Art, Landskip and Knowledge), a research centre at the University of Sunderland. WALK aims to explore how cultural practitioners engage with the world through walking. He is currently involved with touring the exhibition Walk On, which he co-curated, and presenting the exhibition Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets at Wordsworth’s Lake District home, Dove Cottage – an exhibition of manuscripts shown alongside new work by contemporary artists whose work has been inspired by the poetry and prose of Wordsworth and haiku poet Basho.