Circling is a new moving image exhibition, which explores the physical and emotional journeys attached to the experience of living with persistent pain. The artworks emerged from workshops with participants that focused on the act of walking. Collectively they respond to themes such as: the changing sense of scale pain can bring, the nature of chronicity and the complexity of walking with others.

The exhibition is the culmination of a collaborative fellowship awarded to Anna Macdonald and Ceri Morgan by Keele’s Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences (2018-19). The Fellowship explored new participatory arts methods, which brought together geopoetics, somatics and moving image practice. In 2019-20, the Keele Institute for Social Inclusion awarded funding to develop the work to focus on the relationship between chronicity, pain and hope in collaboration with bioethicist, Anthony Wrigley.


Anna Macdonald is an artist and scholar whose work spans experimental dance, film, and participatory arts practice. She has received International recognition for her work and is regularly commissioned, exhibited, and published world-wide in both festival and gallery settings. Alongside her free-lance practice she is programme leader for the MA/MFA Contemporary Performance at Manchester Met University and publishes regularly. Macdonald’s current research, funded by Arts Council England, explores the relationship between the body, time and affect within performative digital practices.

Ceri Morgan is a literary geographer and geohumanities researcher- practitioner. Following a Leverhulme Trust International Academic Fellowship (2014-15) at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University, Morgan has led several action-research events, combining geopoetics (site-responsive creative practices) with psychogeography and oral history. Headlines include ‘Memories of Mining’, a workshop (2016) and exhibition (2017); Seams (2018)—a performance made in collaboration with Restoke; and a creative community walk and exhibition at the Waiting Room Gallery, Longport (2019).

Anthony Wrigley is a Professor of Ethics at Keele University whose research engages with bioethical issues in law, medicine and society from the perspective of analytic philosophy. His work focuses primarily on ethical and policy issues on the margins of life, including new genetic and reproductive technologies, consent for those who have lost capacity, and end-of-life care. He is also interested in theoretical work on concepts such as hope, trust, and vulnerability, and held a Research Fellowship for a project on ‘Hope and Death’ as part of the Hope-Optimism Project at Cornell and Notre Dame Universities in the USA (2015-16).