Saturday, 24 February 2018

Walking with The Waste Land Photo-Diary - 'Mud Walking'

 On Friday the 23rd of February, members from the walking group Walking with The Waste Land and their friends conducted a walk from the Sportsman Car Park in Seasalter, near Whitstable, in Kent.

On this walk we walked to “ Mick’s post” and then experimented with some low tide mud walking, using knots in ropes to record the experience. 

We then returned to Mick’s post where we read a few poetry lines and tied a  knotted rope to Mick’s post in a symbolic ritual of the celebration of Terminus :  http://terminaliafestival.org 

Mick’s post is a white post in Seasalter which has been erected near the sea wall to indicate the boundary for the digging of bait in the estuary.

" 'Terminalia' is such a fascinating, Pagan but completely obvious concept. liminality is a subject that has always fascinated me and also the idea of the process of changing and shift shaping. Did you know that the word 'Weird' originally meant Becoming?

it is also entirely appropriate to the concept of using Myth in the modern world, not just because of the classical references but also because in fact you are crossing boundaries through time and space  -one man all men, one woman all women, one stone all stones.
O and of course the time of year and the shifting from winter into spring."    

 Judy Dermott

The Mythic Method and the essence of Modernity,  as I understand it does not mean returning to the past but giving an understanding to the present. Through this walk and it’s connections with Terminus the Roman God who ruled over boundaries we pushed the boundaries of walking and discovered it wasn't easy!

" Instead of narrative method, we may now use the mythic method. It is, I seriously believe, a step toward making the modern world possible for art.”

T.S. Eliot, from Ulysses, Order and Myth (1923)

Join us on our next walk in Margate on March 24th at 2 pm
"Stories from Walking with The Waste Land" 
meeting at The Turner Contemporary in the lobby.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Snapshots ending 2017 and a sneaky peek at projects in 2018

                               Walking San Pedro de Atacama, Chile 2017      

I have been working on several projects which will continue into 2018 including:

1. A commission with A.N.D. #my creative school 
I have been working with 10 artists selected by
A New Direction  (A.N.D.)

It has been a wonderful experience so far working with a talented group of people, bringing creativity into the delivery of the program. I am looking forward to 2018 when we will be delivering our catalyst projects in collaboration with our chosen schools.

My project is to develop a Creative Manifesto, through a Feast of Ideas.

A collaboration in "By Our own hand"a project with Richard Grayson at Matts Gallery. I have met some wonderfully creative artists and makers. 

'a mano' by hand.

it will be interesting to see how these all get put together.

In January 2018, The Horsebridge Centre in Whitstable is opening with a new approach to curating it's gallery spaces. 

Their first exhibition of the year curated by Mirka Kotulicova is titled 'LivingRoom' ands explores the idea that art is not and should not  always be comfortable. 

I will be exhibiting two pieces 'Cocoon' , a collaborative piece made with the Spanish artist Ignacio Cañete Sanchez and the second piece asks for participation on wall paper, 'Drawing Room' . 

The exhibition opens on the 13th of January.

In February 2018 Journey with The Waste Land opens at The Turner Contemporary and I'm looking forward to Walking with The Waste Land as a part of it. I hope that some of you can join us as we explore connections between Margate, TS Eliot's poem and the exhibition through walks that we devised over the last three years.

 We will be walking with our shamanic Varas (Poles) and taking you on our journey.

The Margate Bookie  also returns in May with a celebration of poetry.

I will be organising a walk with poetry titled Rhythm and Sway.

 In June  I am planning  a walk for the opening event of the Sculpture in the City Program 2018.

Hoping for some sunshine!

I am also organising a collaborative project as part of the Wandsworth Arts Festival Fringe, in May 2018 with Thread and Word.

A work with a focus on migration

 asylum / exile

I am enjoying the process, exploring  the connections between all these strands working and collaborating with different groups.Thanking them for all their support and friendship and looking forward to developing the ideas and connections further in 2018.


Thursday, 19 October 2017

#Thread and Word : A walking poem written during the Art Festival XOXO @OXO #Tribe17   

we walked and experienced our surroundings  with a pack of instructional cards, ropes and ribbons. 

These are the words that resulted from the walk .

Taking with us some great experiences of Tribe17 with thanks to Javier Melian and the team at CHROM-ART.org         

Listen to the river .......

with Sonia Overall. Andrea Coltman. Travis Moore Carlie Xuan Muriel Hang DamianTomczyk Luca_London Travis Moore

Narrow grass



And found

Eight                             space


            Scattered Yoga Textures                         
River peripherals
Weave direction
Respite          Blue narrative. Cynic,
Switch. Ephemeral



Counter collection
Sturdy ,Hypocrite

First true love is forever                  

To be strong

weernošê NAZAWSZE

New life
Wiz ystre ma slói konies

                                                         Hurry anyone          CHASE
                                                                                                      HARD, White, door. 

                                                                                           Bandit Leaf TANGO.

With love to you all, its great to collaborate, 
 Elspeth (Billie) Penfold.

Monday, 18 September 2017

A  photo diary with some words about our walk for Brexitopia at Espacio Gallery. 

Walking in The Footsteps of the Huguenots                                                           

This walk was sort of planned with wandering in mind, we allowed ourselves to get lost. I had fixed points which we aimed to walk towards. 

Brexitopia and The Refugee Tales

When the opportunity arose to do something for The Republic of Brexitopia exhibition at Espacio I was elated. 

Those of you who know me well and are aware of my back ground know that I come from a family of migrants. For someone from my part of the world, where you are from is complex to say the least, but so is it for many people here in the UK.

Our reference to the Huguenots was to put our walk and geographical location (using psychogeography, if you like) to contextualise, refugees, asylum seekers and the need for safety as a human right

We Started outside Espacio , reading the
prologue from Refugee Tales II:

We hold this truth
To be Self-evident
That a person
Who has a story
Requires space -
To start
We set this out
A simple requirement
In language
That in justice
As it is told
A person's story                         In our stride.
Be accorded
Its place..........."

and so to The weavers fields, where we wandered and took it in turns to read from Cecilia Vicuña's poem "Impossible Weaving".


We used the poem and the connection with Weavers fields to reflect in particular on the role the Huguenots, who sought refuge in this country, played in the development of textiles in the  surrounding area.

The walk was conducted in a spirit of collaboration. Both Simon and Sandy, who had never met before this walk, told us that they were related to the Huguenots. 

 I had read  somewhere that 1 in 6 people in the UK are related to the Huguenots. 

Then... it rained!
and on to The Nomadic garden

With stunning explanations and  contributions by Travis and Simon about the street art that we encountered on our route.

It was indeed a privilege to have you with us!


The Nomadic Garden
At the Nomadic Garden we had a great welcome, sharing poetry readings from Cecilia Vicuna, excerpts from Refugee Tales II and personal anecdotes about our experiences of being outsiders.

a bit more rain as we left......loving the palm tree below!

and ... on to Shoredtich
High Street with Simon pointing out iconic drawings which I had never noticed.

Ending with Carlos Varela's song: Walls and Doors 

And....yes we did knot ropes.....but more about this in my next blog about the #Tribe17 exhibition at The Oxo Bargehouse in October.

With thanks to :

                          Lisa Kreuziger
                          Simon Cole
                          Paul Wade
                          Sandy Wade
                          Travis Moore 
                          Carlos Lins (Director Espacio gallery) 
                          Ahmed Farooqui (Degrees of Freedom, curator of Brexitopia)
                          Esperanza Gomez - Carrera (Degrees of Freedom)
                          Lizzie Brown  (artist and gallery invigilator on the day)
                          David and Marianne (from Pavement Pounders Folkestone, who were 
                                                               thwarted by transport problems in their
                                                             attempt to join us! but were with us in spirit)

                          Anastasia Miller,  PHOTOGRAPHER,  for walking, interacting getting
                                                        soaked and... taking great photos!