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Interviews with artists

Ali Pretty talking walking

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Ali Pretty describes herself as the analog partner in a collaboration that will result in a 100 mile walk that links the 8 white horses on the Wiltshire Downs to take place in August 2013.  Working with Richard White, a digital artist, together they will create an interactive exhibition including soundscapes, still and video imagery, conversations, and responses to the landscape at the Wiltshire Heritage Museum in Devizes.  Ali has an internationally recognised reputation as a painter of large scale silks, creating carnival costumes and flags for exhibitions and festivals.  Through a love of long distance walking she is moving away from the large scale to create a range of silk products inspired by long distance walks.

Recorded in the garden behind Ali Pretty’s studio offices in East London in June 2013 and published in August 2013 20’47” 9.7MB

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Photo credit: Mike Jonston

Amy Sharrocks talking walking

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Winner of the inaugural Sculpture Shock prize of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, London-born and raised Amy Sharrocks, talks about her love of her home town, and how much she enjoys sharing discoveries with fellow walkers and swimmers. One could argue, that she is infatuated with water, not just consuming the stuff, SwimmersatPelicanbut swimming her way across London; but in truth, her interests are in journeying by whatever means as long as the mode provides the traveller with time to contemplate and daydream.

In this interview with Andrew Stuck, recorded on the eve of the selection of the Sculpture Shock winner in November, 2012, Amy talks about the range of her work and how she sees live art as a clear way in which we humans sculpt our everyday urban lives.

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More details of the Sculpture Shock prize and the Royal British Society of Sculptors and from here you can read their blog about Amy Sharrocks piece “Falling”
Photo credits in podcast: Ruth Corney.  Podcast duration 18′ 50″ and size 8.8MB

STOP PRESS In October 2014, The Museum of London commissioned Amy’s Invitation to Fall for their Late London: Sherlock’s City, part of their exciting Sherlock Holmes Exhibition.

Eleanor Davis and Bram Arnold talking walking

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Bram Thomas Arnold and Eleanor Wynne Davis talk to Andrew Stuck about their collaboration at the Sideways Walking and Art Festival in Belgium in 2012. Both artists grew up in rural corners of Wales and this proximity to the countryside is drawn upon in their collaborative practice that incorporates writing, performance, live music, and for Sideways an innovative technology called Field Broadcast. 20’30” 9.6MB

Download podcast notes from the interview with Bram Thomas Arnold and Eleanor Wynn Davies.

 

Deirdre Heddon talking walking

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In this episode, we hear from Deirdre Heddon who teaches theatre studies at the University of Glasgow, and who has a particular research interest in making the work of women walking artists more visible. The interview was recorded en route during a break in ‘The Walking Library’, a performance piece conceived by Dee and Misha Myers for the Sideways 2012 Walking and Art Festival. With the help of a troupe of volunteer walking librarians the Library of more than 90 books, was walked 375km across Belgium. In the interview we also discuss how Dee celebrated her 40th birthday by undertaking 40 walks with family, friends and colleagues. 18’54” 8.9MB

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Listen to Dee Heddon’s 2013 5 year walking forecast

Dee Heddon shares her 20×20 Vision of walking in 2040

Reg Carremans talking walking

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An interview with Reg Carremans a landscape painter who makes his work through walking or rubbing against the environment in which he is in. He was the only Belgian artist to complete the 375km Sideways 2012 Walking and Art Festival route across Flanders. P1030037 copy copyHe wore canvas on the soles of specially adapted walking boots to gather multiple impressions for a series of ‘landscape paintings’ displayed en route. Interviewed on the Festival route by Andrew Stuck in August 2012 16’10” 7.6MB

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Foster Spragge talking walking

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Foster Spragge, is a painter, who while searching for a venue in the City of London criss-crossed the Square Mile in a deliberate way recording her route by making pencil marks on a large piece of paper. 5days3nightsThis act began a body of Walking Drawings that has led her to other cities and on pilgrimage walks. Walking Drawings represent the process of walking. The interview by Andrew Stuck was recorded in July 2012 at Foster’s south London studio. 19’34” 9.2MB

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What Foster has been doing since our interview:

“Since the 2012 recording
2013
Exhibition ‘Chance’  – The Gallery, Westminster WC2
Solo show drawing  attention to simple experiences and recording finds to create new physical manifestations. Works included displaying the results of a three-year project collecting over 2,500 coins found in and around London streets.  Plus undertaking a large, site specific wall piece, created by ‘mapping’ the tossing of a coin during the show – logging whether it landed on Heads or Tails.

2014
Exhibition ‘Responses’ – Flat B, Highbury, N5
Solo show dispatching specific 2D marks on paper to 36 people and asking them to return them ‘re-arranged’ as if responding to an ‘un-posed’ question enabling me to respond in 3D

2014 – 2016
Exhibition ‘Between Thought and Space’ – Dilston Grove Gallery , Southwark SE16
Group show collaborating with other visual Artist/Architect’s/and those working in Sound and Dance creating works responding to Dilston Grove over a 2 year period. My culminating piece consisted of a 8 cubes each equal in size to my body volume, and each made out of soil collected from different locations. Continuing the theme of how we occupy space and move through it (‘Walking Drawings’). The 8 Cubes starting in a simple wall formation, then throughout the exhibition, they were knocked over, dragged and rebuilt along an East West line within the space.

2017 – Current
Walk West Swim East’ – 2018 ongoing
An exploration into the River Thames though Drawing, Walking and Swimming. Walking Lengths of the River with the thought of swimming it brings a completely new experience of observation. Last year the River was walked and swum to a point 28 Linear miles from the source. Continuing this year to reach further downstream. I have also been making a series of Walking Drawings heading West from Teddington Lock with the intention of reaching the point where the swimming path will finish.

In London I have also been using Tom Bolton’s book ‘London’s Lost  Rivers’ exploring the Thames’ forgotten tributaries, many now well covered, through a series of  Walking Drawings.  You can listen to Tom Bolton on a previous Talking Walking episode.”

For links to each of these projects, please download the podcast notes from this interview with Foster_Spragge.

 

Graham Stevens talking walking

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Photo credits: Andrew Tweedie

Graham Stevens an environmental scientist, avant garde artist and inventor walks the Robert Hooke trail as part of the “Freshwater Dialogues” for Dimbola on the Isle of Wight in September 2010. 19’56” 9.4 MB

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Photo credits: Andrew Tweedie

Fran Crowe talking walking

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Fran Crowe has been collecting 46,000 pieces of plastic that have been washed up on the beach near Thorpeness in Suffolk – she goes out for walks each day to collect the detritus of our modern world.

“My walking has been the inspiration for my last 12 years’ work as an artist – it’s amazing to think it all started just because of the plastic objects that I saw whilst walking on my local beach. I never would’ve guessed where a washed-up piece of plastic debris would lead!”

Andrew Stuck from the Museum of Walking joins her on a walk along the shingle beach as she goes prospecting. Recorded August 2010. 20’02” 9.4MB

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What Fran has been doing since our interview

“Since her interview, Fran has exhibited widely both here and overseas, including as part of the acclaimed GYRE exhibition, which was commissioned by the Anchorage Museum in Alaska and toured in the USA 2014/15.

One of Fran’s walks on Orford Ness was featured on BBC Coast in 2015.

In 2014 Fran launched the Museum of Beyond, a provocative and tongue-in-cheek imagining of what people might think of our plastic waste still washing up on beaches in a future beyond oil:  “a sea of plastic seen through future eyes”… Described by visitors as “absolutely mind-blowing” and “extraordinary and moving”, the Museum uses humour to deliver a powerful message about the way we live now.

Recently Fran created a ‘roaming gallery’ in a lovingly restored vintage horsebox.
The gallery features The Museum of Beyond including many of the plastic items that Fran has found on her walks. For news of where the gallery will be popping up next and to browse the museum’s collections, see http://www.museumofbeyond.org. Fran welcomes additions to the museum – so if you find something interesting whilst walking on the beach and would like to add it to the museum, do get in touch!

Fran is particularly interested in how creativity can be used as a catalyst for change and how it can help people (of all ages) imagine how things could be different – and better…

For more than 10 years Fran has been campaigning about the impact of plastic in our seas so is delighted that BBC’s Blue Planet 2 has succeeded in making this front page news in recent months. She hopes real change will result from this and her work on plastics will become redundant.

Research is an important part of Fran’s work. In the last two years Fran has been studying: Social Sciences and, more recently, Evolutionary Biology. Keep an eye on her website to see what direction Fran’s work takes next!”

Photo credits: Fran Crowe

Laura Kate Jennings talking walking

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Laura Jennings, a singer and performer talks about how she has incorporated walking into her practice through the development of audio walks, in which she creates characters that prompt interaction from participants with the environment through which they walk. Her walking art practice began when studying at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. 20’11” 9.5MB

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John Davies talking walking

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John Davies a Church of England vicar in Norris Green, Liverpool talks about his walk beside the M62 from east to west which he undertook in 2007. M62coversmRecorded over the Internet in February 2009 and published in February 2010. 21’30” 10.1 MB

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Martin Kohler talking walking

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Martin Kohler, a professor in urban planning at Hafen City University in Hamburg talks about the Harbour Safari – part guided walk, part exploration of a lost quarter of the city, part art intervention. This interview was recorded over the Internet in December 2008. 17’45” 8.4MB

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