Tracks: Walking the Ancient Landscapes of Britain

Tracks: Walking the Ancient Landscapes of Britain image credit: (c) Philip Hughes “The Ancient Track at Porthmeor, West Penwith”, pencil and gouache on paper, 1999.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 14:30 to 16:30

Booking: Booking required. Please contact the museum.

£5.00 (members); £7.00 (non-members)

Artist Philip Hughes, who has charmed us with his recent exhibition in the Museum’s galleries, gives us an illustrated talk about his work, centred on eleven iconic walks across the length and breadth of Britain, from Allt Coire Pheiginn in Scotland to Zennor Head in Cornwall. These are featured in his recently published book Tracks: walking the ancient landscapes of Britain.

Inspired and informed by maps, aerial photographs and the latest electronic survey techniques Philip’s representation of the land can be seen in two main themes: walking through the land, tracks, marks on tracks; and seen from above, showing the structure of the land and patterns of man’s intervention.

Philip’s artworks – often incorporating written notes, archaeological scans and contour maps – feature important local heritage sites, whether Neolithic settlements such as Maes Howe in Orkney, standing stones such as Stonehenge and Avebury in Wiltshire, mountains of geological interest such as the Three Peaks in Yorkshire, or locations of particular mystery and beauty such as Silbury Hill.