Hidden Islands: An Introduction to Thinking About the Islands Along the River Thames,Particularly Between Sunbury and Shepperton

ISBN_9781910578124Hidden Islands
An Introduction to Thinking About the Islands Along the River Thames,Particularly Between Sunbury and Shepperton

Published April 2015
ISBN 978-1-910578-12-4
A3 fold out map
Author – Tahira Mandarino
Editor – Alban Low

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“ISLANDS are secret, hideaway places. They conjure up exotic pictures of being, Lost then found, of survival and of solitude. On the Thames there are many islands, I have focused on 10 islands from Sunbury to Shepperton. These Islands are all private places. Imagine as you walk along, The river, The sounds and colours, Create your own space away from where you are now. Some Islands, Are natural habitats, with Tall trees, Lush foliage and dense areas To get lost in. Others are small communities, historical, weekend retreats, With laughter, And discovery, Adventure and making plans, Cooking Thinking and Being Some are wide open spaces, To play and explore, to walk the dog To run to after school, meet friends and catch up. They are our escape routes to somewhere new and undiscovered.”
Tahira Mandarino, 2015.

50%_Tahira_Mandarion_inner_4 copyMandarino’s current practice involves 2D works, on canvas and on paper. Much of the work derives from a preoccupation of the landscape as she relates to it. It is this relationship that then uncovers an inner reality, a woven mass of thoughts and ideas relating to the self, contained in a formless form, formed yes but not solid. Oscillating within the paintings is the need to be accepted and yet, often the scribbles represent an absence of language, a deflection of the self. Her paintings take on a palimpsest quality, the erasing and then reworking of marks over numerous layers. Previous study within ceramics allows a freedom and assurance to apply texture and develop form. Experimenting with her paintings in ways such as’ Arranging by Chance ‘has added a new geometric dimension. The mosaic of colours, tumbling or static can convey movement and stability perhaps even the emergence of architectural beginnings. In response to colour representation within the work, she seeks to explore the relationship colours have with each other and how this relationship is affected through placement and dimension.

To see more of Tahira’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.


On the Walk: A Sense of Place

9781910578117On the Walk
A Sense of Place

Published April 2015
ISBN 978-1-910578-11-7
A3 fold out map
Author – Stuart Simler
Editor – Alban Low

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“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.

33%_Stuart_Simler_inner_1 copyAs 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.

The Sunbury Dice Game: A Random Walk in the Sunbury Walled Garden

33%_Front_page_2 copyThe Sunbury Dice Game
A Random Walk in the Sunbury Walled Garden

Published April 2015
ISBN 978-1-910578-10-0
A3 fold out map
Author – Alban Low and Harvey Wells

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A random walk is a mathematical formalization of a path that consists of a succession of random steps. For example, the path traced by a molecule as it travels in a liquid or a gas, the search path of a foraging animal, the price of a fluctuating stock and the financial status of a gambler can all be modeled as random walks. The term random walk was first introduced by Karl Pearson in 1905 but random walks have been used in many fields: ecology, economics, psychology, computer science, physics, chemistry, and biology.

50%_Sunbury_dice_game_inner_2 copyThe definition of a random walk is dominated by a formula not by the act of walking, it exists mostly in the head not on a page let alone along a road. Alban Low and Harvey Wells give you the chance to put the random walk back on the map!

This map was inspired by The Dice Man novel published in 1971 by George Cockcroft under the pen name Luke Rhinehart. The book was based on Cockcroft’s own experiences of using dice to make decisions while studying psychology, the effect of this book and system used is one of subversivity and anti-psychiatry. The Sunbury Dice Walk is more of a repetitive adventure where the route becomes a maze. Alban and Harvey walked through the Sunbury Walled Garden armed just with a 6 sided dice to decide their route, their journey took 25 minutes in duration and 1km in length. In theory it could take you as little as 6 rolls of the dice to escape the Walled Garden or you could be stuck in there for infinity.

Harvey Wells and Alban Low have been walking and exhibiting together for 5 years. They have created art walks in London (SMartwalks), Chorlton (Chorlton Arts Festival), Cambridge (Art:Language:Location), Bath (Fringe Arts Bath) and Exeter (NOSE Festival). They featured in the AirSpace gallery’s Walking Encyclopaedia in 2014. They have already created and published one map, the Cambridge Blue Plaque Walk (ISBN: 978-0953471287).

To see more of Alban’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.


Seventeen Mundane Moments in Tate Modern: A Walk Down the Staircase at Tate Modern Looking at Mundane Events

9781910578094Seventeen Mundane Moments in Tate Modern
A Walk Down the Staircase at Tate Modern Looking at Mundane Events

Published April 2015
ISBN 978-1-910578-09-4
A3 fold out map
Author – Peter S Smith
Editor – Alban Low

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An Art Map following a simple route down the staircase at Tate Modern from the 6th floor.

The route is numbered with points of mundane interest described for identification. There are four outer pages that fold out into an A3 map.

Peter_Smith_inner_1 copyPeter S Smith is a Painter/Printmaker with a studio at the St Bride Foundation Bride Lane off Fleet Street London. •He studied Fine Art at Birmingham Polytechnic (BA (Hons) Fine Art, 1969) and Art Education at Manchester (Post Graduate Certificate in Education,1970). In 1992 he gained an MA (Printmaking) at Wimbledon School of Art. •Member of the Society of Wood Engravers •Associate Member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers •From 1971 he taught, full and part-time, in Secondary and Further Education. Between 1979 and 1981 he was West Midlands Fine Art Fellow working as Artist in Residence with Dudley Education Services. He was Head of the School of Art and Design at Kingston College from1983 until 2010 •He exhibits his paintings and prints in the UK and overseas with work in public and private collections as well as teaching workshops in the visual arts.

To see more of Peter’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.


The Space Walk: A Scale Walk Through the Solar System

9781910578087The Space Walk
A Scale Walk Through the Solar System

Published April 2015
ISBN 978-1-910578-08-7
A3 fold out map
Author – Jill Hedges and Christina Hedges
Editor – Alban Low

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Do you know how big the solar system is? It’s really difficult to imagine because the orders of magnitude are so enormous. Can you guess how big or small the planets are? Even with accurate data, it’s really hard to visualise something so far away. On this imaginative 5K walk the solar system is scaled down to a manageable size to give you a better idea of just how much space there is…..in space!

20%_Jill_Hedges_space_walk_inner_3 copyReading the easy instructions is no substitute for getting out there and walking the distance. So boldy go…to get your boots on….and take your own voyage of discovery from the Sun to Pluto.

This map was first exhibited at the ‘On the map’ exhibition at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury-on-Thames in 2015.

We are Lost!: Little Dartmouth to Big Dartmouth & Back

ISBN_9781910578070We are Lost!
Little Dartmouth to Big Dartmouth & Back

Published April 2015
ISBN 978-1-910578-07-0
A3 fold out map
Author – Bryan Benge
Editor – Alban Low

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“My wife and I enjoy this coastal walk. To those who have not had the opportunity a scenic feast awaits ,plus a nice cup of tea at Riverside Tea rooms. Watch out for Cows and yachts not necessarily in that order.”
Bryan Benge 2015.

20%_BryanBryan’s current working practice is informed by an investigation into the use of LTM (Long Term Memory), particularly episodic memory/ schemata that refer to specific events in time (autobiographical). – His reading is at an early stage but already has introduced him to the concept of MTT (Mental Time Travel), the ability to mentally project oneself in time to relive past experiences, (or future ones). In somewhat of a paradox it is past experiences/memory that preoccupy him at the present time. MTT is a concept being investigated by Canadian Psychologist Endel Turvig. Bryan Benge is a valued member of both The London Group and CollectConnect.

To see more of Bryan’s work visit his website at…http://www.bryanbenge.co.uk/website/Welcome.html

This map was first exhibited at the ‘On the map’ exhibition at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury-on-Thames in 2015.


Swansea: On the Map: An Artist’s Walk

ISBN_9781910578063Swansea: On the Map
An Artist’s Walk

Published April 2015
ISBN 978-1-910578-06-3
A3 fold out map
Author – Melanie Ezra and Rose Davies
Editor – Alban Low, Melanie Ezra and Rose Davies

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Ugly! Lovely! Bonkers! – This map is a collaboration between Swansea-based artists Melanie Ezra and Rosie Scribblah. They have chosen a quirky route through the city centre, pointing out the little idiosyncrasies that catches your attention and illustrating the walk with their own artwork. Swansea is full of culture and history, and this little map opens the lid on this fascinating city. The walk is designed to take around 2 hours but it’s probably best to allow a whole day because you are guaranteed to get distracted!

75%_2_MelanieRose_innerr copyMelanie Ezra is a UK-based fine artist who works using her own original photographs to create beautiful and intricate collages. She often works in series, providing visual responses to external stimuli such as literature, science, and music. She considers herself a specialist in the deconstruction of time and the extension of the moment.

Rose Davies (Rosie Scribblah) is an artist and printmaker, scribbler and ageing headbanger. She works directly from life, carrying a sketchbook at all times looking for any opportunity to have a scribble. She works from my studio in Wales, UK where she lives with her husband and cats, who often feature in her drawings and blogs.

To see more of Melanie and Rose’s work visit their websites at…

This map was first exhibited at the ‘On the map’ exhibition at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury-on-Thames in 2015.



Sunbury Park: A Map and Nature Trail

amazon_Sunbury_Park_map_1Sunbury Park
A Map and Nature Trail

Published April 2015
ISBN 978-1-910578-05-6
A3 fold out map
Author – Phillip Cribb
Illustrator – Alban Low

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“Sunbury Park is rich in wildlife – trees, shrubs, herbs, birds, animals and insects. This map can be used as a nature trail and concentrates on the fine trees of the park.”
Phillip Cribb, 18th February 2015.

Phillip Cribb went to school at Gunnersbury in Chiswick and was further educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Birmingham. He is a co-founder and the current president of the Spelthorne Natural History Society which is approaching its 40th anniversary in 2016.

amazon_Sunbury_Park_map_4Since 1974 he has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. He retired from the staff as deputy keeper of Kew’s world-renowned Herbarium in 2006 and is now an honorary research fellow there. He has specialised at Kew in researching the systematics and evolution of orchids, one of the largest families of flowering plants, an occupation that has taken him around the world on many botanical expeditions. He was chair of IUCN’s Orchid Specialist Group and is a trustee of Orchid Conservation International, both organisations concerned with protecting the world’s wild orchids. For many years, he was also a trustee of the Gilbert White and Oates Museum at Selborne. Phillip has lived in the area since 1956 and in Sunbury since 1972 and has taken a long-term interest in the borough’s wildlife.

This map was first exhibited at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery in April 2015. http://www.sunburyembroidery.co.uk Thank you to everyone at the gallery and Spelthorne Borough Council for your encouragement and support

The Rats’ Republic: A Walk in Walthamstow Taking Note of Manhole Covers and Other Entrances to the World Beneath Our Feet

9781910578049The Rats’ Republic
A Walk in Walthamstow Taking Note of Manhole Covers and Other Entrances to the World Beneath Our Feet

Published April 2015
ISBN 978-1-910578-04-9
A3 fold out map
Author – Dean Reddick
Editor – Alban Low

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This Walthamstow based short walk begins at Vestry House Museum goes past St Mary’s Church and The Ancient House and takes in The Nags Head Pub. The map indicates the site of manhole covers on part of the route. Covers in the road are not included and the route assumes walking on the left hand of the road. The Rat’s Republic refers to the underneath of our city. To the sewers and cables, tunnels and Underground train system. Every day millions of people enter this underworld to travel. The world beneath our feet contains water and gas, our electricity and a proliferation of telecommunication cables.

20%_6_Dean_Reddick_The Rats Republic Map Page finalDean Reddick is an Artist and Art Therapist based in Walthamstow and creator of the famous Hidebird installation along Barrett Road, E17, UK.

To see more of Dean’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.

St Ives Artist Trail: Key Places Connected to the Art Colony of St Ives

9781910578032St Ives Artist Trail
Key Places Connected to the Art Colony of St Ives

Published April 2015
ISBN 978-1-910578-03-2
A3 fold out map
Author – Glyn Walton
Editor – Alban Low

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A walk around St Ives centred around the sculptures of Barbara Hepworth but also showing some studios and residences of artists/craftsmen who have been instrumental in placing St Ives firmly into the history of the modern art . Commercial art galleries are also shown. Derivation of street names are indicated as well as small pieces of general information relevant to the history of St Ives. There are 4 outer pages that fold out into an A3 map.

Basic RGBGlyn Walton is a London and St Ives based artist, graphic designer, sculptor, photographe,r handmade bookmaker and printmaker.

To see more of Glyn’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.