Art Practice and Rock Climbing

Date:31 January 2008
Time:14.30 - 1630

Re-Enchantment & Reclamation: New Perceptions of Morecambe Bay Through Dance, Film and Sound Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA)

Dan Shipsides

Lecture: 2.30 - 3.30 p.m.

Discussion: 3.30 - 4.30 p.m. (leave when you need to)

Thursday 31 January 2008

B17 Bowland Annex (Art Building)

Lancaster University

On 31 January 2008 the AHRC-funded Re-enchantment and Reclamation lecture series will continue with a lecture presentation by artist Dan Shipsides

Dan Shipsides is an artist whose interdisciplinary practice pursues a creative relationship to space, often within a context of landscape, through a combination of art and non-art approaches. In terms of source material and methodology he has consistently incorporated his activity as a rock climber into his art practice ( and his practice as an artist into his climbing).

His practice seeks to develop spatial narrative through experiential and reflective processes and the approaches taken connect with aspects of performativity, social and spatial engagement and the agency of a creative contextualised practice. At the heart of the activity is a desire to forefront a specific and new sense of place.

His lecture will cover a wide range of work but will focus on recent and current projects such as: Touchstone Test Piece (AHRC) where over the last 16 months he has been making research through climbing with a blind person; Radical Architecture (Castlefield Gallery 2007) exploring a spatial narrative of leading edge climbing routes in the Peak District throughout the 20th century; and Rochers Fontainebleau (2003-4), a poetic paralleling of ground-breaking contemporary climbing in the Forest of Fontainebleau with the development of plien air painting and the Barbizon school.

Dan Shipsides was co-director at Catalyst Arts in Belfast (1997-99), is now an artist based in Orchid Studios and a research and lecturer at the School of Art & Design at the University of Ulster in Belfast. In 2001 Shipsides was awarded an AHRC Fellowship (Lateral Practice and Climbing) and in 2006 an AHRC Landscape and Environment Award (Touchstone Test Piece). In 2000 he won the Nissan Art Award, IMMA Dublin, for Bamboo Support.

Re-enchantment and Reclamation

Re-enchantment and Reclamation is a two-year research project concerned with the landscape and environment of Morecambe Bay and the River Lune Estuary. The project aims to develop methods in dance, film, and the sonic arts for exploring perceptions of this area.

There are two strands: ten public lectures, and four week-long workshops with environmental artists of international distinction: dance-maker Jennifer Monson (April 2007), film-maker Chris Welsby (October 2007), installation artist Graeme Miller (May 2008), and the electro-acoustic composer Ambrose Field.

Dates For Your Diary - Other Public Lectures 2008

14 May 2008 - John Rodwell - Biological consultant, Anglican priest.

21 May 2008 - David Williams - Professor of Theatre Studies at Dartington

13 June 2008 - Arnold Berleant - Environmental philosopher & aesthetician.

TBD - David Toop Sound artist.

Event website:
Who can attend:Anyone

Further Information

Organising departments and research centres:Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
  • Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA)
  • The LICA Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK