Private View 24 November 3pm to be opened by Dr Simon Nightingdale (Consultant Neurologist) and Dr Ashraf Khan (Consultant Psychiatrist)
25 - 26 NOVEMBER 12am - 4pm
Anthony Collier and Kate Green
Ant is a retired architect with a lifelong interest in the Arts. Sketches he made on walks were often the inspiration for his paintings and drawings. Kate is an artist who explores walking in the rural landscape as an artistic medium.
Kate: What is a Mindwalk?
Ant: I’ve painted and drawn all my life but although I can no longer move my body or hands, I felt very strongly that I had to find other ways to be creative. I walk in my mind – I’m not simply lying or sitting in bed recalling a memory. I’m actually walking the path and route in my mind, experiencing the act of walking and observing what's around me. For me, it is a very real walk which is sometimes quite long, other times very short. For example, I do pass the cotton-grass on Cnicht; I do stand and experience the great open vistas which in many respects are closely related to my paintings. I used to wash thin layers of colour over hot pressed paper or on canvas to create a sense of space and depth. But now, I have to do this by juggling with words and through the visual interpretation of the Mindwalk.
Kate: How have you created these interpretations of your Mindwalks?
Ant: We work very much in collaboration. Each of us contributes to the development of the project. The Mindwalk is generated in my mind and at the outset it is very much a narrative, so the words and the development of the haikus and any prose is developed by myself in an iterative process with Kate. Kate interprets the Mindwalk by going on the walk with camera and audio equipment so the dialogue between us is critical, with Kate creating the audio-visual material -supported by Jack who provides the technical side of editing. Simply put, the Mindwalk and words come from myself, the audio-visual material and creative presentation comes from Kate. These are integrated on a collaborative basis over a series of sessions.
Kate: I felt it was imperative that the visual material I had recorded on the walks was presented through a series of layers; not only to reference the traditional composition of paintings (and place Ant’s own paintings within that tradition) but also to position the Mindwalks within the context of Ant’s daily life. Projecting the films on to 3D objects has the ability to transform film into an immersive experience much nearer to the space that Ant aspired to in his paintings and to the space that I feel on a walk. I tried to work in a different colour palette and tone for each walk, so that all four Mindwalks possessed a distinctive aesthetic.
A preliminary Mindwalk installation Pebbles was shown at The Bleddfa Centre in May. The four mindwalks Japan in Shropshire Garden, Cnicht, Pale Triangles and Sunset will be exhibited at The Rodd, home of the Sidney Nolan Trust, in November and at Severn House Hospice in December.
Ten years ago, Ant was diagnosed with the condition Motor Neurone Disease and is now physically confined to a wheelchair, his breathing assisted by a mechanical ventilator. In 2016 Kate was diagnosed with early stage ovarian cancer and surgery prevented her from going on long walks for a few months.
Mindwalks is an Arts Council funded project, supported by the Sidney Nolan Trust.