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Contouring the Boundary with Glassball Studio and artist Alison Lloyd

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Glassball Studio invite you to join us, as part of our GUIDEline project, to come on a walk where we relook at the familiar (or the not-so-familiar) contours in the landscape. Artist Alison Lloyd will encourage you to photograph the northwest boundary of the Peak District. Along the way she will share her approach to photographically documenting the landscape.

The socially distanced walking events have taken place at different locations along the northwest boundary and this will be the last in the series. The walks will not be long in distance, but are aimed to give us the time to explore the boundary in detail and will be no more than 3 hours with regular breaks. Alison will show you how she uses photography (both film and digital) and will support you to take your own pictures with the disposable film cameras provided. Please feel free to also bring along your own digital cameras and/or camera phones.

The number for each walk is limited to 12 participants plus facilitators, so please book your place now so we can safely manage numbers during the events. The walks will be delivered within the current COVID safety guidelines, so please bring your own drinks and snacks. Hand sanitiser will be provided. Due to unpredictable weather, please wear suitable all weather clothing and sensible footwear.

The walks are open to all, but please be aware that there will be uneven ground and some steep paths to negotiate. For those who cannot attend, please note that we will be recording and live streaming (where possible) elements of the walks, which will be accessed through the project website

This walk starts from Tintwistle War Memorial and will follow the boundary all the way to Ogden Brook, where we will stop for lunch and record audio with the supplied eqiupment. Please note, there are no toilet factilities at the start of the walk, but you can find a public toilet in Hadfield opposite the train station.

Payment is requested to secure your place and to help us manage numbers. A full refund will be given once you have attended the event.


GUIDEline is a two year arts and heritage project delivered by artists from Glassball Studio with the support from the Peak District National Park Authority, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England. The project is exploring the legacy of the formation of the first National Park in the UK, with a focus on the northwest boundary area (from north of Glossop to Marsden), in particular what it means to us today to live, work and visit along a mark made on a map 70 years ago. For more information please go to

Alison Lloyd

Alison Lloyd is an artist based in Nottingham whose early work includes curating and commissioning exhibitions, catalogues, and projects with Stephen Willats, Marina Abramović, and Sarah Staton’s Supastore, which presented early works by Jeremy Deller, Mathew Higgs, and Jessica Voorsanger within a freelance and institutional context. Before she returned to an arts practice in 2010, Alison also worked for Birmingham Artists Studio supporting resident artists to develop their individual projects, followed by working as Head of Visual Arts & Literature for Arts Council England, East Midlands Office. She is a resident artist at Primary.

In 2014 her work shifted to include walking as art and out of these experiences a PhD emerged, Contouring: Women, Walking and Art (2020). The thesis combines a critical, analytical discussion of women artists of the 1960s, 70s, and early 80s with a reflective evaluation of the emergence of walking in her work. Her return to practice was driven by her experiences as a recreational hill walker and from art literature which foregrounds historical walking practices, largely within the field of postmodern sculpture. Her practice has adapted navigation, route-finding skills and contouring as artistic strategies, tools, and processes.

Glassball Studio

Glassball Studio is an interdisciplinary arts practice founded in 2002 by artists Cora Glasser and David Ball. Glassball Studio uses a wide range of working processes to find ways in which genuine co-creation can occur in the making of an artwork. The interdisciplinary practice is reactive, creating a response through collaboration that is embedded within place. Each artwork is temporal and often transient in its use of material and installation, its creation is always site-specific. Over the past 20 years, artworks through this practice have spanned from audio works, publications, subterranean events, participatory performance, lens-based works, to public works of art, light and action. To find out more please go to

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