Welcome to the website of the walking artists network. It’s for everyone who defines themselves as a walking artist, and everyone who is interested in walking as a mode of art practice, as well as related fields including, but not limited to, architecture, archaeology, anthropology, cultural geography, history, spatial design, urban design and planning.

Events and news are in the blog area below this text, the pages above have more information about the network’s background and development – as well as a list of members. We also have a jisc-mail discussion list which you can subscribe to here: www.jiscmail.ac.uk/wan

Call for contributions: Ways to Wander

Ways to Wander
A Footwork[1] compendium of suggestions, instructions, rules and activities for walking.

We would like to collate and edit (for possible future publication) an interdisciplinary catalogue of ways to engage with walking.  From simple ideas to complex instructions, philosophical musings to playful encounters, do you have a walking task, idea, practice or methodology that you would like to write up and share?
Inspired by the multi-disciplinary approaches and experiences of the Footwork research group, and by Professor Carl Lavery’s ’25 Instructions for Performance in Cities’[2], this compendium aims to assemble a series of short texts that can be used to construct, interact with, or be encountered on a walk. The text may be for any location: urban, suburban or rural, or it could be site and/or route specific. Your contribution may offer an improvised experience, or a more structured task. The context may be geological, environmental, historical, autobiographical, pedagogical, political, playful, spiritual, critical, or any combination of these, and you may want to work in a visual aspect to your text that coincides with your idea.

The word count is a maximum of 350 to suit page size A5 and we are currently looking for textual examples, though the text can take on a visual form in relation to how the writing or mark making is laid out on the page.
Send your 350 words with a short 50 word biography to Claire Hind c.hind@yorksj.ac.uk

The deadline for the submission is Monday 10th March 2014. We actively invite contributions globally, although they should be in English. If this is not possible please contact us and we will try to find ways to accept work in other languages.
The Footwork group will meet in the spring to compile the contributions and work on ways in which the compendium may be published. The plan is to disseminate it as widely as possible including looking for print and online publishing possibilities.

Warm wishes
Claire Hind and Clare Qualmann
Footwork/Walking Artists Network.

[1] Footwork is a research group attached to the Walking Artists Network, http://footworkwalk.wordpress.com/
[1] Lavery, C., 2005, ‘Teaching Performance Studies: 25 instructions for performance in cities.’ Studies in Theatre and Performance, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 229-238.

Dr Claire Hind
Course Leader MA Theatre and Performance
York St John University
Lord Mayors Walk

Call for contributions: The Encyclopaedia of Walking

The Walking Encyclopaedia


A brief look through Roget’s Thesaurus offers us a sense that a walk can be many things. It could be a stroll, a saunter, a hike or a ramble. For those with time to spare it might be a promenade or a perambulation or if the mood has taken a turn for the worse, the walk could turn into a traipse or a trudge. The political walker might consider a march or a parade, whilst the pilgrimage or the crusade would be more pertinent for the spiritual.

Walking as a cultural activity stretches from the 18th century philosophy of Rousseau, who famously “thought with his legs”, encompassing the Parisian flaneurs and the psychogeography which sprang from the Situationists and which still endures today. The conceptual walking of Richard Long and Hamish Fulton brought the artistry of the act into the Gallery and the consciousness of the art theorists to the point that today; the act of walking and the walking artist are at the forefront of contemporary art.

A Walking Encyclopaedia is an attempt to collate and present as many different artistic responses to, and uses of the walk as possible. Timed to coincide with the Richard Long Exhibition at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery (part of the Tate’s Artist Rooms On Tour programme), The Walking Artists Network in partnership with AirSpace Gallery is inviting submissions from walking artists and artists who walk to send in documentation of their practice, historic or current, in all forms of media, in order that we can offer a significant overview of the contemporary state of the genre.

Our exhibition will then, become a physical repository for Walking Practices, and we envisage any of the following being submitted:

  • Video documentation of walks, and films about walks
  • Sound documentation of walks
  • Photographs and photographic documentation of walks
  • Artworks made on walks, about walks and as walks
  • Publications and zines about walks and walking practices (we will have a reading corner within the gallery).Over the month-long course of A Walking Encyclopaedia, and in conjunction with a major exhibition of works by artist Tim Knowles, AirSpace Gallery will be highlighting daily, through its gallery spaces, website and social media outlets, different walking practices and walking artists, submitted via this call. There will also be a Walk planned, and an Artist Soup Kitchen event, themed around walking practices.

    Please contact:
    AirSpace Gallery, 4 Broad Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4HL mail@airspacegallery.org with details of what you would like to submit for A Walking Encyclopaedia, by Friday, 13th December 2013.

    Exhibition runs from 7/2/14 to 8/3/14


A big thank you to everyone who came down to Chelsea Theatre on Saturday for the Walkie-talkie mobile symposium. Nearly fifty people turned up to to take ideas for a walk and were rewarded with a beautiful summer’s day in which to ‘get outside’. It was really heartening for all of us to meet and see the committment to the network, with people coming from all over the UK; the award for furthest distance travelled goes to Dee Heddon (Glasgow!) We’re working on procuring enough space on the website (www.walkingartistsnetwork.org) to put up the array of documentation created over the day – much of which is still in our cameras, MP3 recorders, etc.

Looking forward to seeing some ‘walkie-talkie’ inspired posts and discussion – both on this site and the JISCmail.


WAN and Sideways Festival

After Andrew Stuck posted the Sideways Festival’s call for projects on the JISCmail, we thought we would get in touch with them on behalf of WAN. I am now please to say that Clare Q and I will be visiting Belgium next week and spending Tuesday with festival organiser Andy Vandevyvere. We are visiting both Trage Wegen (where Andy works) and the Verbeke Foundation (one of the other partners). It seems we are all equally excitied about the prospect of a collaboration between WAN and Sideways, so watch this space!

Looking forward to seeing many of you at Chelsea Theatre on Saturday 30th July – I’ll post more about that later today.


walkie-talkie 30th July 2011

walkie-talkie invites people to come together for a one-day mobile symposium, using Chelsea Theatre as ‘base camp’. A day of scratch walks and peripatetic perambulations, walkie-talkie is the first walking event of the Walking Artists Network, established in order to aid/enable/force artists who use walking in their practice to come together and think and talk and walk.

The day looks something like this:

10am – coffee and registration

10.15 – 11am introduction and open forum discussion – defining themes to take for a walk

11am – 12.30 walk and talk

12.30 – 1pm regroup/report/discuss/document

1pm – 1.30pm lunch

1.30pm – 2pm open forum discussion – defining themes to take for a walk

2pm – 3.30pm walk and talk

3.30pm – 4pm regroup/report/discuss/document

4.30pm close/drinks

It’s free, but booking is required via the Chelsea Theatre website: https://kiosk.iristickets.co.uk/k?prchelsea

All are welcome, whatever your interest in walking and/or art, the only pre-defined aspect of the day is the schedule above – we need you to bring the content.

Participants are welcome to drop in and out throughout the day, though we do suggest taking part in one of the open forum discussions (either at 10.15am or at 1.30pm).

Also going on in/around/from the theatre:

Gustavo Ciriaco & Andrea Sonnberger : Here Whilst We Walk

Amy Sharrocks : Lost and Found

Manuel Vason : Workshop

Ragroof Theatre : Tea Dance

more info. about these at: http://www.chelseatheatre.org.uk/index.php?pid=140

Hope to see you there!

A small number of travel bursaries (of up to £50) are available on a
first-come first-served basis, please email c.qualmann@uel.ac.uk if you'd
like one.

International Research Forum on Guided Tours

We’re holding an informal meeting at the close of the 2nd International Research Forum on Guided Tours at the University of Plymouth, and would like to invite you to join us in contributing ideas for what the walking artist’s network should do and how it should do it.

Where? Room 306, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus

Plymouth, PL4 8AA

When? 2pm, Saturday 9th April 2011