Illuminating the Wilderness is a new film with neurodiverse artists and makers, families and carers. Opening at Tate Liverpool on 4 April with a month-long programme of events alongside it, this Project Art Works production, conceived and directed by Kate Adams and Tim Corrigan was filmed on location with Ben Rivers, Margaret Salmon.

Illuminating the Wilderness documents the exploration of Glen Affric by Project Art Works artists and makers who are highly sensitive to the sensory stimuli of the world around them. The film is at the heart of a collaborative project involving Tate Liverpool and Project Art Works together with six other major partners in the UK and Australia, entitled EXPLORERS 2019. Project Art Works is the UK’s leading artist led organisation working with neurodiverse adults, young people and children. Neurodiversity is a term and approach to learning and disability, which reflects and respects differences in those members of society who have a range of complex physical and neurological support needs.

Complementing the film is an evolving installation of artwork made in collaboration with neurodiverse communities across Merseyside including Natural BreaksOptions for Supported LivingBlue Room and Thingwall Resource Centre. Opening as a large-scale diorama of blank paper banners that fill the top floor gallery, the installation will gradually be populated by a forest of drawings.

Lindsey Fryer, Head of Learning, Tate Liverpool said: ‘We are delighted to collaborate with Project Art Works, an organisation that shares the same commitment as Tate to make arts and culture accessible to all.’

This full 38-minute film follows the six makers exploration of a remote Scottish glen and reveals the pleasures and challenges of neurodiverse responses to nature and shared experience.

Unscripted the film reveals the subtle fluidity of roles and interactions between this unique and itinerant community away from the practical, attitudinal and social barriers that they face in their everyday lives. Moments of humour and tender consideration for each other unfold in and around the landscape and weather systems of the mountains.

The remoteness, scale and indifference of the landscape provides a rare sense of freedom and belonging for everyone involved. The expedition unfolds in and around the landscape and weather systems of the mountains revealing the subtle fluidity of roles and interactions between this unique and itinerant community and the environment.

Neurodiverse perceptions of wilderness provide a metaphor for discourse on cultural inclusion that is central to the wider EXPLORERS programme of attitudinal change through art.

EXPLORERS is a series of inclusive cultural actions and partnerships nationally and internationally over three years. In 2019 the project culminates in a year-long programme of exhibitions, installations and new cultural commissioning models with partners including Tate Liverpool, MK Gallery, Autograph, Fabrica, Photoworks, UNSW National Institute for Experimental Arts Sydney, Australia and De La Warr Pavilion that place neurodiverse communities, artists and makers at the heart of civic and cultural life.


Tate Liverpool are partners of the EXPLORERS Project, a three year programme of inclusive cultural actions and partnerships nationally funded by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence award and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. In 2019 EXPLORERS culminates in a year-long programme of exhibitions, installations and new cultural commissioning models that place neurodiverse communities, artists and makers at the heart of civic and cultural life. See more here.

Events at TATE LIVERPOOL:
Thursday 4 April 4-6pm
Exhibition Tour and conversation with Kate Adams and Tim Corrigan (PAW artists and filmmakers) and Tate Liverpool
Thursday 11 April (Time TBC) 
Talk and Q&A with Jade French, Becky Waite and members of the Blue Room at the Blue Coat artist’s group (TBC)
Thursday 18 April 4-6pm
Talk by Options CEO Richard Williams
Friday 26 April 1-3pm
Talk and presentation by artist Mikhail Karikis and DLWP head of exhibitions Rosie Cooper (TBC)
Saturday 27 April 10am-6pm 
Public Celebration of the Exhibition – 2-4pm
Talks and conversation with Kate Adams and Tim Corrigan (PAW artists and filmmakers), artists Ben Rivers and Margaret Salmon and others.