Coedmor is a place i pass through each morning on the way to my studio, either by bike, or on foot.

Coedmor is an area of woodland clinging to the banks of the lower reaches of the Teifi valley.
Dominated by sessile oak, the area is also patch- worked with mixed farming, sheep and cattle grazing.
It is a site of significant scientific interest and a National nature Reserve.

Coedmor is also a hymn by William Arnold.

These pages archive a series of responses, field recordings and drawings made over a year, from passing

Barnaby Oliver adds his live responses to the recordings.

Maynard, come home…

Maynard, come home… 11-12 May 2013

A dancer lies on the ground, looks at the sky and breathes in the clouds, a spacewalking Apollo 9 astronaut describes his view of the earth, an embryo performs growth gestures in utero, a raven flies the same territory its whole life. Home is a complex web of phenomena and reflects a universal and interspecies drive for safety and shelter. How are we adapting our relationships to home in environmentally and culturally contested times?

In a 2-day event in the village of Abercych, Pembrokeshire, a gathering of dance artists’ perform, screen and workshop their questions about Home and Homecoming.

(Maynard has no answers, but plenty of questions…)

With contributions from Simon Whitehead, Rosemary Lee, Henry Montes and Marcus Coates, Anushiye Yarnell, Bwyd Sonique, Ben Stammers, Siriol Joiner and Joanna Young.

With places for up to 30 delegates the £40 fee includes lunch on saturday and brunch on sunday, access to all presentations, films and workshops. Including entry to a Twmpath with a difference in Abercych village Hall, with social dances, music and dance interventions.

‘Dance embraces difference, creates new languages and narratives of the places we thought we knew.’ Simon Whitehead.

Curated by movement artist Simon Whitehead, Maynard, come home… is presented in his home village of Abercych as part of a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales 2012-13.

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Off Site Project for Oriel Davies, Newtown Powys, Wales. 4 March 2010 “During the winter of 2005 I spent 3 weeks in Northern Quebec on the Rouge Matawan hunting reserve in the Laurentian hills as part of an artists’ residency exchange with Wales based group ointment and Boreal Art Natur Quebec. An enduring memory of […]


PINGS springs directly from the geographical distance between two collaborators. Working directly from their locales they explore the physical space between them through rivers and air and a range of other terrains with their own qualities, such as the web, phone, post, and the less tangible links of memory and synchronicity. In January 2008 the […]




Over 23 days in September 2002 i walk from home

in Abercych along the old cattle drover’s roads to Smithfield market

in London. Accompanied by fellow artist Peter Bodenham and his Jack Russell

terrier, Gertie we push a stuffed goose in a hand cart we walk over 300 miles

along paths, tracks and main roads, entering London though a tunnel beneath the M25.


A symbolic drove, one without cattle, sheep and pigs, in the wake of foot and mouth disease.

The original microsite is archived here

dulais dusk

Dulais Dusk consists of a video of Whitehead’s guitar at 5-5.45pm GMT on November 8th on the banks of the river Dulais, West Wales. The video was presented with live sound treatments at 5-5.45pm at Loop Bar (23 Meyers Place, Melbourne, Australia) as part of the Electundra 2007 festival.


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Close to home, in Abercych, west Wales, I take to walking by a small river, realising more and more that we can work only where we happen to be, whatever we do, it will resonate both within our locality and beyond it. And so these short and intimate compositions have effect on, and are affected […]

walks to illuminate

A project developed in residence at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2005-2006.

From walking the park at night Whitehead has developed small wearable light sculpture and shelters that illuminate the walker in the dark, whilst navigating the Park.

At YSP Simon realised these sculptural pieces by inviting couples: lovers, friends, parents and children, neighbours and strangers to walk in the park together each season wearing shoes that glow. Where walking in the dark may reshape and reinvent their experience of this landscape(and possibly of each other).

The power for these light shoes is harvested from the sun; sourced from solar hats worn by park employees and young visitors during the day.

‘Walks to Illuminate’ is supported by a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales and by the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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Friday November 14th 2004, 7pm: Transmission from Carn Llwyd, 185 metres above sea level, Preseli, West Wales. Reception at Free Space, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. Saturday November 15th 2004, 7pm: Transmission from Cesig duon, sea level, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, West Wales. Reception at Free Space, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. TRANSMISSION: rutland 503 portable wind […]