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Philip Hughes

Tracks: walking the ancient landscapes of Scotland

27 Sep - 31 Dec 2012

Exhibition by the artist Philip Hughes

Venue: University Library, University of Stirling

The artist Philip Hughes records eleven iconic walks across the length and breadth of Britain from Allt Coire Pheiginn in Scotland to Zennor Head in Cornwall. Inspired and informed by maps, aerial photographs and the latest electronic survey techniques, Hughes's clean, spacious artworks, with their arresting blocks of colour, make contemporary some of the most ancient and formidable landmarks of the British Isles.

Hughes' 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 in Wiltshire, mountains of geological interest such as the Three Peaks in Yorkshire, or locations of particular mystery and beauty such as Silbury Hill, the oldest and tallest artificial mound in Europe. Notebook spreads containing drawings and paintings made on the spot are also on display, as well as vivid extracts from Hughes's diaries and notes, helping to evoke the mood and atmosphere of the awe-inspiring landscapes in view.

Philip Hughes is an honorary graduate of the University of Stirling, the degree of Doctor of the University being conferred in 1985.

The Principal of the University, Professor Gerry McCormac, opened exhibition in the library seminar room on 27th September 2012, following Philip Hughes' public lecture Representing the walk: the geology, the archaeology and landscape.

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