Four Artist Walks have been devised to explore possible alternatives to artist talks. They aim to test the proposition that a walking journey with an artist could be as valuable as hearing her or him address a lecture theatre, and that sharing a range of sights and sounds could reveal something that slides and video clips do not.
Information about the artists and the politics, history and imaginative potential of the landscape being walked through will be disseminated before/after in a document in order to keep the walk itself as ‘present’ as possible.
Walkers will be invited to mix and mingle during the walks, with an emphasis on informal conversation. Midway through the walks, students will present a set of questions to the artists which will later be collated, with the artists’ responses, in the Whitstable Biennale’s online journal.
Each route will culminate at a point along the Medway estuary and river Swale, forming a string of reference points between which the connections between the walks can be contemplated.
Places on the walks are limited and can be booked, on a first come, first served basis. Tickets cost £5. Walkers will each receive an artist’s pamphlet.
Click the following links to book a place: Goshka Macuga (took place 18 September 2015)
Ruth Ewan (took place 27 February 2016)
Mike Nelson (took place 21 March 2016)
Janice Kerbel (took place 18 April 2016)
The walks will be largely off-road. Participants are recommended to wear waterproof walking boots and warm outdoor clothing. Please also note that access to drinking water and toilet facilities will be limited.
Artist Walks is a collaborative project with the School of Music and Fine Art at the University of Kent. It is supported by Kent County Council.