My practice involves walking alone, for considerable distances, keeping off the paths, striding and ‘contouring’ through moorland and mountainous areas. I compose photographs of myself with the paraphernalia of hill walking; map, compass, rucksack and vacuum flask. These tools of walking are often captured around the margins of the photographs. To emphasize the solitary pursuit I use a cable release or timer to take the photographs of my walking, or contouring. The walking usually centers around stopping off points that I navigate to using a compass and map. This might be amongst moorland grasses, crouching within a peat hag or following the stream in one of the narrow Cloughs in the Dark Peak, Derbyshire.
Alison is also a PhD Scholar at Loughborough University, School of Art. Her area of research is Walking, Women and Art.
CV & Education
2016 Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Project Space, Sunderland
2015 Nottingham Castle North Stairs. Photographic Series of 7 images, ‘Solitary Contouring the North Stairs and the Long Gallery – Night Time.’
2014 TG (Nottingham) ‘Grains’ an exhibition of photographs and personal wares. Objects and images were presented on the gallery’s sash window, a plinth and on a single length of carpet underlay, leading out of the gallery and along the corridor.
2014 Walking Encyclopedia, airspace gallery, Stoke on Trent.
Walks – solitary and group walks [Selected]
2015 The Grand Tour, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery and Newstead Abbey
Dance 4, A Place to Dance symposium walks.
On going ‘contouring ’ of Hope Forest Moor, Grains in the Water, Bleaklow, Margery Hill from Ewden Beck.
2014Exploration Walks commissioned by The Collection, Lincoln to lead three expeditions to coincide with the exhibition, ‘Joseph Banks a Great Endeavour.’
2015Dance 4 College Street Studios, Nottingham
2014A very unofficial but essential period of time in August 2014 used to prepare for ‘Grains’ at TG Gallery.
Spare Room, Syson Gallery for one cold month with Neil Dixon, Rebecca Lee and Yelena Popova.
2013Dukes Wood, North Nottinghamshire
Outlandia, Glen Nevis, Scotland2010Fermynwoods Woods Contemporary Art. Sudborough Green Lodge, Rockingham Forest