Category Archives: Curator

Interviews with curators and festival organisers

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.

Deirdre Heddon talking walking

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Photo credit: Luke Allan

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 5 year walking forecast

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

Download notes of items mentioned in this episode: Martin Kohler

Ernie Kroeger talking walking

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Walking Backwards

ErnieKroegerErnie Kroeger devised and led the Walking and Art visual arts residency held at the Banff Centre of Arts in the Canadian Rockies that took place in September and October 2007. One year on, in this interview, we hear Ernie’s reflections on the residency and how it has influenced his own art practice. 15′ 58″ 7.5MB

Download notes of items mentioned in this episode: Ernie Kroeger