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Alec has been shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize. An exhibition
featuring the 4 nominees will be presented at Leeds Art Gallery,
26 November 2010 – 6 February 2011. The judges are: Richard
Greer, Susan Hiller, Mark Lawson, Andrea Rose and Tanja Pirsig-Marshall.
The winning artist will be announced on 20 January 2010.
field of model windmill turbines featured in the keynote exhibition
art is, is rhythmn’, and an adshell version of
the sky-wheel was presented in Sunderland, during the acclaimed
2010 AV Festival, this March.
the largest public art work in the UK, white
peak | dark peak, a permanent re:place commission by
Alec and a team of poets, was launched in the Peak District this
Easter. The project is an audio | visual word-map of the Peak District
National Park, with over 70 poem-views and 20 letterboxes. Collaborators
include Linda France, Geraldine Monk and Alan Halsey, with field-recordings
by Bevis Bowden. A catalogue is now available from the bookshop.
road north, creating a word-map of Scotland, is
now underway. A collaboration between Alec and Ken Cockburn, this
was awarded a Vital Spark Award in March 2010; on May 16 Alec and
Ken began the journey, guided through their homeland by Matsuo Basho’s
Oku-no-Hosomichi (The Narrow Road to the Deep North).
Traveling for a year, Alec and Ken will visit 53 locations, recording
their journey on a blog, and on May 16, 2011, 53 poem word maps
will be published. Their first destinations included Falkland, Jupiter
Artland and Bharpa Langais, and they are about to explore Perthshire.
current projects include a letterbox walk in Langais Forest, North
Uist, mapping the woodland in terms of biodiversity, in partnership
with Taigh Chearsabhagh; a new school’s project exploring
the potential of habitat and outdoor learning at Hilton Primary
School, Newcastle; and a Home to a King (3) nest-box installed at