Inspiration

 

The work was initiated by a journey to Australia in 2010 and a chance meeting with Tom E. Lewis Australian Actor, Artist and Musician. He and his wife run the Djilpin Arts Aboriginal Corporation near Katherine, Northern Australia. Djilpin Arts stage an annual event called Walking With Spirits (http://djilpinarts.org.au/2014/04/tickets-on-sale-2014/) at Malkgulumbu, Beswick falls, a local sacred place for the tribe of that area to which Tom belongs.

 

Malkgulumbu, Beswick falls

 

Malkgulumbu, Beswick falls

 

The inspiration for this project and the Songline Exhibition at Glastonbury came from this visit to Malkgulumbu. Like Alfred Watkins who, standing on a hill in Herefordshire in 1921, had a revelation, and saw his network of leylines; I too had a revelation. I suddenly understood and identified with the dreamtime, creation and sacred places to the Australian culture in terms of our relationship with the landscape and saw parallels in my home country. This reinforced my belief that the land is more than just something to look at, record in a photo, or exploit as a resource. Like the Australian tribes people it is part of their culture. Likewise at home artists and writers throughout history have expressed a strong and deeply rooted connection with the land, a kind of collective un-consciousness that is enigmatic, spiritual and even divine.