Illuminating the Wilderness is a new film production by Project Art Works, conceived and directed by Kate Adams and Tim Corrigan and filmed on location with Ben Rivers, Margaret Salmon and neurodiverse artists and makers, families and carers.
This 40-minute film follows the investigation of a remote Scottish glen over several days and reveals the pleasures and challenges of neurodiverse responses to nature and shared experience. Shot from multiple viewpoints and cameras, the film is unscripted and reveals the subtle fluidity of roles and interactions between this unique and itinerant community away from the practical, attitudinal and social barriers that they face in their everyday lives. Moments of humour and tender consideration for each other unfold in and around the landscape and weather systems of the mountains. The remoteness, scale and indifference of the landscape provides a rare sense of freedom and belonging for everyone involved.
Project Art Works is an artist-led organisation that collaborates with people who have complex needs, their families, carers and the systems and services that impact on their lives.
Illuminating the Wilderness launches EXPLORERS 2019, a year of exhibitions and co-commissions that are the culmination of a three-year programme of workshops, seminars, happenings, installations and new cultural commissioning models that place neurodiverse communities, artists and makers at the heart of civic and cultural life. Illuminating the Wilderness and neurodiverse perceptions of wilderness provide a metaphor for discussion on cultural inclusion that is central to the wider Project Art Works’ EXPLORERS programme of art and change.
EXPLORERS is supported by the Arts Council England National Lottery Ambition for Excellence Programme and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation
EXPLORERS partners and collaborators include: MK Gallery, Photoworks, Fabrica, Autograph ABP, Tate Liverpool, De La Warr Pavilion, the Experimental Art Faculty, University of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.