Tate Liverpool Exhibition

Illuminating the Wilderness

16mm film still from Illuminating Wilderness expedition 2018.

16mm film still from Illuminating Wilderness expedition 2018. Photo © EXPLORERS Project Art Works

A new film and installation created by artists and people with a variety of complex needs

Illuminating the Wilderness 2018 documents the exploration of a remote Scottish Glen by people who are highly sensitive to the sensory stimuli of the world around them.

The film follows Project Art Works’ artists Kate Adams and Tim Corrigan, artists Ben Rivers and Margaret Salmon alongside Project Art Works’ artists and makers as they investigate Glen Affric in the Scottish Highlands. Illuminating the Wilderness charts the pleasures and challenges of neurodiverse responses to the landscape. Moments of humour and tender consideration for each other are revealed as the film unfolds in and around the landscape and weather systems of the mountains. Neurodiversity is a term and approach to learning and disability, which reflects and respects differences in those members of society who have a range of complex physical and neurological support needs.

Complementing the film is an evolving installation of artwork made in collaboration with neurodiverse people and groups from Social Care organisations across Merseyside. Beginning as plain white paper hangings, the installation will be increasingly populated by drawings and paintings created by neurodiverse people through a series of workshops in the gallery.

All visitors to Tate Liverpool are encouraged to add to their own responses to Illuminating the Wilderness to the installation.


Thursday 18 April, 16.00-17.00

Hear from Richard Williams, CEO of Options for Supported Living, which is a local charity that supports, empowers and enables people with disabilities to live their lives to the full. The charity is a key partner for this project and Richard Williams will talk about the values shared between Options and Project Art Works and will discuss the importance of personalised, creative approaches.

Friday 26 April, 12.00-14.00

Artist Mikhail Karikis and Rosie Cooper, Head of Exhibitions at DLWP (De La Warr Pavilion) will talk about their involvement in the Project Art Works' Explorers Project, and the importance of inclusive collaboration with people with complex needs. They will also discuss ideas of 'human texture', focusing on how physically, neurologically and socially normative representations of people influence culture.

Saturday 27 April, 14.00-16.00

To celebrate the end of this project, join talks and conversations with Project Art works artists and filmmakers, Kate Adams and Tim Corrigan, who will go behind-the-scenes discussing the making of the film and exhibition Illuminating the Wilderness. Artists Ben Rivers and Margaret Salmon will join them along with some of those who have collaborated in the exhibition.

These talks are free to attend. No booking required.

About Project Art Works

Project Art Works is the UK’s leading artist- led organisation working with neurodiverse adults, young people and children. Illuminating the Wilderness 2018 is part of a wider-collaborative project entitled EXPLORERS 2019, which sees Tate Liverpool and Project Art Works together with six other major partners in the UK and Australia.

Illuminating the Wilderness is part of the EXPLORERS project, supported by the Arts Council Ambition for Excellence Programme and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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4–28 April 2019

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