Ali Pretty is a walking artist and internationally recognised designer, best known as the founding member and artistic director of Kinetika, an international outdoor arts company she setup in 1997, after a long established career in carnival arts and a growing commitment to community engagement work. Over the last 15 years, Ali has collaborated with, and led teams of artists to deliver large-scale events to diverse audiences all over the world. Her work has had such an impact in its field, that the V & A Museum began creating an archive of the artist in 2012, to be launched online in 2013.
In 2012 Ali led a 7-day, 100 mile public walk for The Salisbury International Festival, and is a regular leader with the London LDWA (Long Distance Walking Association).
Her first major exhibition, 'Freedom on my Doorstep' opened on 15 August 2013 at the Wiltshire Museum as part of 'Walking Wiltshire's White Horses'. Spanning three months of public walks, free community workshops, artist's residencies and talks, the project culminated in a site–specific installation, created in collaboration with digital artist, Richard White. Ali contributed various unique designs in silk, which were inspired by the local landscape. Some of these pieces still remain at the museum as long-term installations. Ali also made the 'White Horses Collection' featuring a range of silk scarves, handkerchiefs and greetings cards which are still available to purchase from the museum shop in Devizes.
Richard White is a digital artist and creative producer with a long standing practice in participatory arts and media production.
I am intrigued by the possibility of being at the point where the physical and the virtual meet. I am exploring connections between landscape, place and people. Working collaboratively and harnessing the participatory potential of social media. Reclaiming lost memory. Locating the stories. Creating new ones.
Richard heads up Creative Wiltshire for Wiltshire College and contributes to the Creative Media Practice and Heritage programmes at Bath Spa University. Recent work: social media sourced celebration of the international arts festival WOMAD, digital storytelling project in Devizes; smart phone app and installation based on the work of photographer Fay Godwin, the Ridgeway Project
Creative Wiltshire is Wiltshire College's community and business facing creative digital media service, providing specialist production and training. Aneta Gorka and Adam Jansch designed and produced the website and the app. Adam Jansch supported Richard throughout the project and provided the technical expertise for the projected media installation and the live smart device links.
Sonic Artists: the project is indebted to the sonic artists who provided media files for the project. You can hear ther work on the films and in the sound park. Contributors includes:
Cody Brookshire www.CodyBrookshire.com
Jamie Flukes. www.deadfamous.org/
Juan Carlos Vasquez www.jcvasquez.com/en
Mansoor Hosseini www.musicalmo.com
Michael Ridge www.michaelridge.wordpress.com
Serban Nichifor www.voxnovus.com/composer/Serban_Nichifor.htm
Evagelia Siarvali https://soundcloud.com/evagelia-siarvali
Mark Goodwin https://soundcloud.com/kramawoodgin
Vitaliy Rybakin https://soundcloud.com/vitaliy-rybakin
Liana Alexandra http://romania-on-line.net/whoswho/AlexandraLiana.htm
Victor Khandamian https://soundcloud.com/victorkhandamian
Adele Fletcher http://www.adelefletcher.com/
Zoe Buser http://www.zoebuser.com/
Secret Perdu www.secretperdu.com
Wiltshire Museum in Devizes has an international reputation and attracts visitors from all over the world. The archaeology collections, which are among the finest in Britain, trace the history of people living in Wiltshire in a series of galleries - Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, Saxon, and Medieval. The collections on display include important finds associated with the World Heritage Sites of Avebury and Stonehenge.
Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts (DOCA) is an experienced outdoor arts organisation delivering a range of exciting events and opportunities that include the two-week long festival of carnival, music and street theatre in August, and a winter lantern festival celebrating the start of the Christmas season. We provide training and workshop opportunities involving hundreds of local people as participants in the carnival and lantern parades, and the International Street Festival attracts thousands of people who come to see some of the best examples of street theatre and contemporary circus available anywhere!
Bath Spa University the project is grateful for support provided by the university in kind for the installation. Staff and students took part