Bouldering Phenomenology and Landscape Workshops

‘Bouldering incorporates notions of the ‘new’, finding unchartered problems, and aesthetic notions of body movement over the surface of the rock’

Andy Whall’s  workshop, incorporates bouldering, creativity and a haptic approach to landscape. The workshop takes place  amongst the unique granite formations found on the moorland tors of West Penwith. The  granite tors are unique geologically and they provide a context to explore bouldering (a form of rock climbing), space and the body.

A one day course costs £60 per person. The course can be group booked (maximum 5)  or can be on a 1-1 basis. Booking and contact details can be found at the bottom of the page.

A modicum of fitness is required. Attitude and desire to be outdoors is essential!

Accomodation; comfortable coastal B&B, camp-site or bunkhouse or of course you can arrange this yourself

My workshops offer a re-evaluation of the traditional forms and functions of art in society, by facilitating a development of practice and personal understanding, whether it involves drawing, painting or printmaking, lens-based and time-based media, site-specific installations, or simply the desire to explore the world from an experiential perspective. The workshops will be positioned within contemporary dialogues of visual culture, including concepts such as embodiment, performativity, new geographies and materiality.

AM. Workshop Participants will employ a haptic approach to experiencing the landscape using bouldering as a discipline and starting point for the course. After an initial introduction and preparatory talk, a trip will be made to the granite boulders on Zennor Moor. And after a demonstration of bouldering practice, participants have a go! And begin exploration of the ‘haptic’ and the ‘phenomena’ of the unique moorland granite landscape. Participants will boulder and document and record their experiences through a series of field recordings, including notes, drawing, photography and audio.

PM. The second part of the workshop will be a reflection of the bouldering experience and a consideration of its impact on the participants’ artistic, creative and personal potential through a reflection of the bouldering experience and a consideration of its impact on the participants’ artistic/live art practice. Outcomes of this reflection will be negotiated through dialogue, discussion and workshops, taking place in the CAZ studio space.


Verena Van Den Berg; In short I would say for me the idea of using the technique of bouldering, experiencing the stone against my body and also being in the landscape by Zennor is a rich inspiration for work – it has a lot of elements that interest me (interaction body landscape, natural surfaces). The workshop was instructed well – finding a balance between challenge and ease. The whole things felt comfortable – being out there in the beautiful scenery with a small group of people yet getting along together. 

Cat Davies; Inspirational, instructive, engaging, challenging and fun, a really great couple of days!