A Walk for Stanley
A project by artist Peter Driver that encompassed a 39 mile walk from the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham, in the north-eastern corner of Berkshire to the Sandham Memorial Chapel, south of Newbury – one of Spencer’s master works.
The 'Walk for Stanley' book includes drawings, woodcut illustrations, photographs, bird sightings and thoughts along Peter's journey.
“Peter Driver’s art, photography and prose flow like a subterranean river: always moving and contributing to a wider whole with modesty and vigour.
A wonderful book.”
Philip Miles, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Sociology,
University of Bedfordshire, UK.
Peter Driver interviewed for That's Thames Valley TV about A Walk for Stanley Spencer
“Its been a complete joy to see Peter’s work develop since he first showed with us in 2014. Everything he does is so personal, relevant, thoughtful and generous.”
Joanne Bushnell, Director, Aspex Gallery
“Beautiful, poignant and thoughtful. With genuine warmth and gentle humour Peter Driver’s ‘A Walk for Stanley’ feels like a stroll with a much loved companion.”
Rev Kate Bottley, Broadcaster
“This beautiful book is an absorbing and poetic record of how a unique path can be uncovered through life and art. Peter Driver’s work is truly radical and combines conceptual and experiential elements through a process of social actions grounded in craftsmanship and making. His humanity and humility shine through with every step, line and depiction and he has offered a refreshing evocation of a spiritual, physical and creative journey. His work entreats us to walk out into the world and engage with it deeply, on our own terms.”
Jonathan Parsons, ARTIST
"I have watched on as Peter has painstakingly and lovingly worked on his artist's book A Walk for Stanley. I am sure the book will be everything that Peter is as a person and artist – dedicated to place and locality, attentive to nature, patient, alert to injustice and open to the possibilities of a better future. From the images and poetry extracts I’ve seen, I know the book will be a beautiful and fitting record of a very particular walk with a curiously universal resonance. The fact that Peter completed the book while living through a season of intense, personal grieving makes it all the more powerful and poignant – and, paradoxically, hopeful."
Paul Northup, Creative Director, Greenbelt Festival