Walking…Landscape…Memory at Salisbury

PVsalisburywalkingTRADITIONALLY, January is a time for blowing away the cobwebs with brisk walks in the countryside, and the first exhibition of the year at Salisbury Arts Centre reflects that familiar activity.

Walking…Landscape…Memory, which is on view from 7th January to 27th February, features work from four artists, who are all influenced by the act of walking through the landscape and the stories (and spectres) it can bring about.

Taking centre stage is a collection of black and white photographs by the late Fay Godwin, taken in 1975 as part of her Wessex Landscape series. They are a source of personal inspiration for exhibitions manager Fiona Cassidy, who says: “She was one of the first artists I was inspired by, even before I studied art. I had one of her pictures on my wall when I was 18.”

Also on show are text and photographic works by Richard Long, a Wessex resident who is one of the best known British land artists. Crop circle maker Rob Irving presents his series of photographs and modified LiDAR (Light and Radar) maps, which explore the myth of ‘earth energies’ and “alien” activity centred on the Avebury countryside.

Painter Lydia Halcrow showcases new work, including brooding landscapes drawn from her walks on Salisbury Plain, overlaid with army tank maps. Salisbury’s military heritage is apparent in these images, as well as Halcrow’s fascination with how individual lives relate to the land they reside in.

Pictured is Lydia Halcrow’s No Road Here.