Published April 2015
A3 fold out map
Author – Stuart Simler
Editor – Alban Low
“This map was inspired by my sensory experiences over the past four or five years at the Walled Gardens – Sunbury. An awareness of responding to something other than my eyes reminds me of the reasons I became a mark maker – this time frequently spent in or around these sites, sounds and smells have encouraged a connective way of communicating observations of the world around us. Specifically – the world around Sunbury Gallery and the Walled Gardens as I repeat my route and re-route of the roughened roads that direct me here. Only this time I have cause to stop and inhale spaces and places that catch my eye… or ear, or nose as was the new found lane from Thames St, past the back ends of the water works up to Upper Sunbury Rd. Following my usual trail I decide to take this map a different direction, both in thought and in journey – I find landmarks…and moments to contemplate, I feel and capture through drawings, words and hipstamatic heaven… a trail from gallery to palace – just turn left when you leave the Walled Gardens car park and follow the signs inside.”
Stuart Simler, 2015.
As a professional artist Stuart Simler is continuously exploring new ways to express what drives the impact that art can have however small on the viewer and in our community. The very significant idea of identity and being able to communicate what and how we feel as individuals, connecting with a wider audience. Working as an Art Educator he has already led a number of successful educational projects in local communities and delivered training for ‘Art as a Tool for Cross-Curricular Learning’ from an international platform. A developing theme of global citizenship is also present within his work, constantly growing with each artistic endeavour; the idea that we are all connected and responsible for one another’s wellbeing seems evermore relevant. Art can be fun, inspiring and inventive, like this map!
To see more of Stuart’s work visit his website at…
This map was first exhibited at the ‘On the map’ exhibition at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury-on-Thames in 2015.