In her excellent book, Art Beyond Representation: The Performative Power of the Image. (2004 Pub. I.B.Tauris, London) Barbara Bolt states, 'The work of art IS the movement' and that 'it is in the assertion that practice realises movement that we can begin the task of unravelling the knot that representationalism holds on our comprehension of the work of art.' (p.68) . The Mountain Arts Festival aims to take these ideas of activity, and in particular climbing and walking and examine how they may inform a creative practice.
The Mountain Arts Festival, conceived by Doug Scott CBE celebrated mountaineer and founder of Community Action Nepal, his vision; to bring together a range of diverse artists, writers, thinkers and film-makers to discuss and present their work and show how the mountains and uplands inspire us to both create and share our experiences through Art.
The festival team are keen to take the discussion beyond depictions of the sublime landscape and Adrenalin-fuelled films, as much as we all admire and appreciate them, to consider the more reflective aspects of the mountain environments, why we are drawn to them and why they inspire such great art.
We hope to ask more questions than provide answers: Can a line on a map or a route up a crag be regarded as a work of art? How does the rhythm or meter of a verse correspond to a walk in the hills? Can a painting of a mountain even begin to offer the experiential moment of actually being there?
From artists who make walks as works of art, poets who engage in what it means to exist in these wild places and film makers who capture the people who make their homes in the mountains; all will give us insights into what it is that captivates us about these remote landscapes.
The Inaugural festival ran in the Autumn of 2015 and will return in October 2016, expanding it’s ambition with exhibitions, talks, walks and workshops, all focussed on celebrating these wilder, remoter places and why we return to them again and again.