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Martin Eccles
trace no trace

Martin Eccles presents “trace no trace” - new text and multi channelled sound works that engage with solitary movement through time and space.

Using Ingold’s idea of the trace (Ingold, T. 2007) walking allows consideration of the presence and absence of the walker’s trace and the impact on walking of profound disruption of the walker’s senses (vision, hearing, balance). The works offer the opportunity to reflect on the nature of solitary walking in particular and walking in general.

No. 1 “trace’’ will be installed at Allenheads Contemporary Arts and No. 2 “no trace’’ at Cheesburn Grange.

No.1: Allenheads Contemporary Arts, ACA Gallery NE47 9HN 

Elements of “trace” have been recorded inside and above Smallcleugh Level, a drift mine, in nearby Nenthead.

The installation will be presented along with live sound performances at ACA Gallery and a live walk on Sunday.



Friday 20th April:

Preview in ACA Gallery, 16.00 – 19.00


Saturday 21st April:

Installation running times at ACA Gallery, 10:00 - 19:00

With live performances at 14.00 and 16.00

Refreshments will be available at 18.00.


Sunday 22nd April:

A walk will take place on the fell above the route of the underground passages at Smallcleugh Mine Nenthead (7 miles from Allenheads), 09:30 – 12:30

Please register for this event in advance through Eventbrite.


Installation running times at ACA Gallery 13:00 – 17:00

With live performance at 15:00

No. 2: “no trace” will take place in the River Pont over the half mile for which it flows inside the estate boundary of Cheeseburn Grange, Northumberland; and examines walking in the context of two walks (on the winter solstice and on the spring equinox), each one upstream and downstream, along a common route, in a river.


No. 2: “no trace” is presented in the chapel of St Francis Xavier at Cheeseburn Grange ( on May 19th – 20th & 26th – 28th (

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