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 an online 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 later will be collated, with the artists’ responses, in the Whitstable Biennale’s online journal.
Each route will culminate at a point along the Medway estuary or river Swale, forming a string of reference points between which the connections between the walks can be contemplated.
Walk 2, with Ruth Ewan, encompassed Kingsferry Bridge, Iwade, Ridham Dock and the strange “elephants’ graveyard” of decaying Thames barges in the mouth of the Medway. The walk began and ended at Swale Station. An artist’s pamphlet was be provided to each walker.
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Ruth Ewan (b.1980, Aberdeen) lives and works in London. Ewan’s work explores histories of radical, political and utopian thought, bringing to light specific ideas in order to question how we might live today. Often engaging with children, historians, traditional crafts people, horticulturalists, archaeologists, musicians and bakers.
Recent exhibitions of her work have included Camden Arts Centre, London; Tate Britain and the Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; Kunsthal Charlottenborg,Copenhagen, the Glasgow International and the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe.
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.