Artists Talking Walking
Join the World Trails Network’s Arts & Culture Task Team for a curated programme of online conversations exploring the role walking artists play in shaping, investigating and celebrating trail culture.
The seminars will run between October 20, 2023 and July 19, 2024, generally on the last Friday every month at 4 pm GMT.
Presentations will be 20-30 minutes in length.
Specific topics we aim to feature include looking at the role walking artists can play in:
- Strengthening the identity and voices of communities through walking
- Gathering and sharing stories of the beliefs, heritage, landscape and aspirations of local people and their places
- Facilitating cultural exchange between hosts and visitors
- Generating conversation and debate on shared global issues whilst walking
- Celebrating diverse ecologies and humanity’s stewarding of them by making work in response to the natural landscape.
The conversations will be open to all invited artists—to enable sharing of practice and experience, also to all members of the World Trails Network, and wider walking artists networks. We will record conversations and make them available as a digital resource. Finally, through this programme, we’ll invite you to join the network, attend the conference and thus aim to nurture a diverse collection of approaches to walking art.
Friday Feb 23 4pm GMT
Calcutta Photo Tours – Cultural Exchange
by Manjit Singh
Friday Mar 22 4pm GMT
Radical Walks, Essex Book Festival & Saffron Trail
by Ros Green & Lora Aziz
Friday April 19 4pm GMT
Walking and Well Being
by Dee Heddon
Friday May 24 4pm GMT
The Log Book: Walking and Writing About It
by Deb Todd Wheeler
by Adam Skerrett
Friday June 21 4pm GMT
Walking and the Environment
by Beach of Dreams Project, Kinetika, UK
Friday July 19 4pm GMT
Summary and Aspirations, WTN Conference Preparation
Friday Oct 20, 2023
Walking and Community Engagement
by Kinetika, featuring T100 Walking Festival and the Sendero Pacifico, Costa Rica
Friday Nov 24, 2023
In this seminar, Charlie Fox will share the deep engaged story of Hotel du Nord and the creation of the GR2013 Walking Trail in Marseille/Provence – the first national Metropolitan Trail in France to concentrate on urban and industrial landscape, designed by walking artists, and inspired by the work of Christine Breton. The talk will also discuss the experiences of walking this Mediterranean city and across the metropole London, building community, interaction and activism through creativity.
Friday Dec 15, 2023
Walking & Wayfinding in the Westfjords
by Henry Fletcher and Jay Simpson
Henry and Jay pull back the veil to share their trail stories from Iceland’s wild northwest corner, the Westfjords. Over the past decade, both have led artist residencies, and conservation work camps and most recently completed a four-part guidebook celebrating the region’s cultural ecology and walking opportunities.
Friday Jan 19, 2024
Food on the Lebanon Mountain Trail
by Zeinab Jeambey
Encouraging Artisans – El Camino de Costa Rica
by Conchita Espino and Milagro Gamboa