Andy Whall, artist and boulderer, believes that bouldering incorporates notions of the ‘new’, finding unchartered problems, and aesthetic notions of bodily movement over the surface of the rock. This website documents his practice and research and offers information for the workshops and coaching that he currently offers. A blog gives access to the prosaic and useful, stuff that may or may not be of interest to the wider world. Archive material documents curatorial and project work with links to old websites.
My research and practice aims to claim the bouldering experience for art by considering how the physical demands of bouldering can inform concepts of visual representation and performance in art. My practice has embodied many of the defining characteristics of contemporary art and has been self consciously discursive utilising drawing performance, video, text and sculpture.
I’ve worked outside of the studio context in a number of ways including site specific performance at Antifest 09 in Kuopio, Finland and drawing and video in Art Now Cornwall 2007, Tate Gallery St Ives. I’ve taught modules in drawing and performance at Leamington Spa Foundation, Coventry University and recently I’ve led drawing workshops at Cardiff Metropolitan University. I’ve run numerous performance practice workshops, including LADA DIY09 workshop focused on embodiement and landscape on the moorlands of West Penwith. From 2007 to 2013 I was a Co-Director of ALIAS. From 1997 I was Director and curator of Art Surgery an independent artist led project including Real Art (and a sense of place) 1997 and Tract 2007. I commissioned and worked with over a hundred and fifty artists and artist groups, including Andre Stitt, Bobby Baker, Alastair Maclennan, French Mottershead and Roland Miller to name a few. From 2012 to 2016 I was Co-Director of CAZ a not for profit artist led space/project/network based in Penzance, Cornwall, committed to supporting the development of contemporary art practice in Cornwall by providing artists and their national/international peers access to a creative hub offering opportunities to exhibit, dialogue, collaborate, network and engage critically.
I’ve been climbing 35 years. I first became interested in climbing after a walking holiday in N Wales when I was 14. My introduction to climbing was thoroughly traditional including trips to N Wales, The Lake District, Peak District, Cornwall and Devon. I went to college in Cardiff and was part of the development of the sandstone quarries in S Wales, which included ascents of some of the harder sport climbs. I’ve lived in Cornwall for the last 17 years and been involved in extensive exploration and development of bouldering in the area, including the sea cliffs and granite moors. I’ve opened up hundred of new problems, some achieving classic status such as Boomerang at Clodgy Point. Tony Carver, local activist and publisher in reviewing a bouldering DVD of the SW described me as a local pioneer. A similar and parallel desire for exploration has been undertaken in the coastal and mountain regions of Morocco. During the 1990’s I bouldered in Tafaroute opening up new problems and soloed long mountain routes in the anti Atlas Mountains. The last few years I have climbed and bouldered in France, Spain, Morocco, US, Canada, Sweden and Finland.
Currently I have bouldered 8A and sport climbed F8a.
From 2011-2014 I was supported by climbing manufacture PodSacs and featured in the following:
Climber Nov 2011
Climber March 2007
Climb magazine March 2014
Boulder Britain November 2013,
Interview with Andy Whall here art cornwall