Walking Through the Sands of Time

Walking Through the Sands of Time

Walking Through the Sands of Time
A 30 km walk along the Sefton Coastal Footpath: 12 & 13; 19 & 20 July

This public walk which I organised followed the Sefton Coastal Path (a recognised 'National Path') over 4 days in July 2014. The project was organised and funded in conjunction with The Atkinson (see http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/) and the Sefton Coastal Landscape Partnership (see https://www.facebook.com/SeftonCoast/). It was been timed to coincide with the showing of the exhibition Walk On: From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff - Forty years of Art Walking at The Atkinson. For more details click more information and scroll down below the images.

This walk followed the Sefton Coastal Path (a recognised 'National Path' - see http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/place-london/plain/A5839121) from start to finish over 4 days (2 weekends - 12/13 & 20/21) in July 2014 . The Footpath is approximately 22.5 miles long. The project was organised and funded in conjunction with The Atkinson (see http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/) and the Sefton Coastal Landscape Partnership (see http://www.seftoncoast.org.uk/). It has been timed to coincide with the showing of the exhibition Walk On: From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff - Forty years of Art Walking at The Atkinson (from the 12 April to the 9 August 2014) which included work by myself and which I also co-curated and wrote a chapter for the accompanying book titled ‘On Ways of Walking and Making Art’. (ISBN : 978-1-906832-08-7 and see also http://walk.uk.net/portfolio/walk-on)

 

The Walk was structured so as to allow for people without cars to participate, so:

 

  • Walk one started at Waterloo Station and ended at Hightown Station – 4.4 miles
  • Walk two started at Hightown Station and ended at Freshfield Station – 4.7 miles
  • Walk three started at Freshfield Station and finished at Ainsdale Station – 4.4 miles
  • Walk four started at Ainsdale Station and finished at the RSPB Centre at Marshside, Southport (http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/m/marshside/) – 4.7 miles

Walk leaders - myself, Tim Collier (http://www.timcollierphotography.com/) who is a professional wildlife photographer), a natural historian (John Dempsey from the Sefton Coastal Partnership Scheme), a sound/video artist (Rob Strachan – see http://www.liv.ac.uk/music/staff/robert-strachan/) and poet Jake Campbell (see http://jakecampbell1988.blogspot.co.uk/). Tim Collier took photographs of the walk and passed on some of his knowledge to participants who brought their own cameras. Similarly, Rob Strachan our sound/video artist, was happy to let poeple listen to the soundscapes on the walk through headphones using his audio equipment and poet Jake Campbell talked to people about how he 'fashions' words and poems and at a number of points on the walk he read some of his poems. Art work, a film, a series of photographs and poems about the project were shown in the Atkinson's exhibtion Sea Change which opened on 23rd August 2014.

 

The title for the project was inspired by Phil Smith’s excellent book, The Sands of Time and our thanks to him for letting us use this reference. Anyone at all interested in the walk, or in the natural (and social) history of the Sefton Coast are encouraged to read The Sands of Time – please click here for further information about where to buy it.

 

The images below are by Tim Collier

This walk followed the Sefton Coastal Path (a recognised 'National Path' - see http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/place-london/plain/A5839121) from start to finish over 4 days (2 weekends - 12/13 & 20/21) in July 2014 . The Footpath is approximately 22.5 miles long. The project was organised and funded in conjunction with The Atkinson (see http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/) and the Sefton Coastal Landscape Partnership (see http://www.seftoncoast.org.uk/). It has been timed to coincide with the showing of the exhibition Walk On: From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff - Forty years of Art Walking at The Atkinson (from the 12 April to the 9 August 2014) which included work by myself and which I also co-curated and wrote a chapter for the accompanying book titled ‘On Ways of Walking and Making Art’. (ISBN : 978-1-906832-08-7 and see also http://walk.uk.net/portfolio/walk-on)

 

The Walk was structured so as to allow for people without cars to participate, so:

 

  • Walk one started at Waterloo Station and ended at Hightown Station – 4.4 miles
  • Walk two started at Hightown Station and ended at Freshfield Station – 4.7 miles
  • Walk three started at Freshfield Station and finished at Ainsdale Station – 4.4 miles
  • Walk four started at Ainsdale Station and finished at the RSPB Centre at Marshside, Southport (http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/m/marshside/) – 4.7 miles

Walk leaders - myself, Tim Collier (http://www.timcollierphotography.com/) who is a professional wildlife photographer), a natural historian (John Dempsey from the Sefton Coastal Partnership Scheme), a sound/video artist (Rob Strachan – see http://www.liv.ac.uk/music/staff/robert-strachan/) and poet Jake Campbell (see http://jakecampbell1988.blogspot.co.uk/). Tim Collier took photographs of the walk and passed on some of his knowledge to participants who brought their own cameras. Similarly, Rob Strachan our sound/video artist, was happy to let poeple listen to the soundscapes on the walk through headphones using his audio equipment and poet Jake Campbell talked to people about how he 'fashions' words and poems and at a number of points on the walk he read some of his poems. Art work, a film, a series of photographs and poems about the project were shown in the Atkinson's exhibtion Sea Change which opened on 23rd August 2014.

 

The title for the project was inspired by Phil Smith’s excellent book, The Sands of Time and our thanks to him for letting us use this reference. Anyone at all interested in the walk, or in the natural (and social) history of the Sefton Coast are encouraged to read The Sands of Time – please click here for further information about where to buy it.

 

The images below are by Tim Collier