Walk your neighbourhood skull this Halloween

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We wanted to do an informal rule-of-six compliant Halloween walk, so Fiona grabbed a scary looking skull of the internet and laid it on top of a map of Stirchley to see how it might fit. We'll be following the red outline as best we can on Saturday and then retiring to our garden for […]

A Figure Walks – days 2 and 3

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During October we're documenting Megan Henebury's walk along the route of the River Rea, walking in the river itself as much as possible. Pete is following her with a camera and Megan will be producing a film in the new year. All Walkspace posts on this project are here. Day two of Megan's intra-river walk started […]

A Figure Walks – day one

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During October we're documenting Megan Henebury's walk along the route of the River Rea, walking in the river itself as much as possible. Pete is following her with a camera and Megan will be producing a film in the new year. All Walkspace posts on this project are here. Megan started her walk on Sunday, […]

Staying focused, keeping on track

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Lucy Parris is documenting her current walking practice, which throws up images which become prints, on her blog. These prints were in response to boundaries. I have been thinking a lot recently about visible and invisible boundaries. I chose the walk as I knew it would involve boundaries, I have begun walking the perimeter of […]

A survey of suburban garage blocks

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Urban conservationist Kat Pearson has been using her lockdown walks "to explore the housing estates of Stirchley, Kings Heath, Bournville and Selly Park […] looking at how cars, and especially garage blocks, are integrated into these estates". The result are some fantastic photos and observations collected as Lockdown Lockups. As she says, many of these […]

Sound walk September

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Walks that use sound, either as an artificial accompaniment or through actively listening, are a broad and inspiring part of the walking practice. I first properly realised this on a sound walk run by SoundKitchen for Still Walking in 2013 where we walked around Edgbaston reservoir engaging in different forms of listening, from the amplified […]

Six lockdown walks with Alys and John

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There's much to enjoy in this correspondence between writer Alys Fowler (who you may know from her memoir Hidden Nature kayaking Birmingham's canals) and artist John Newling (whose exhibition Dear Nature was on at Ikon before lockdown). It takes the form of six letters with photographs over April and May. You can read them on […]

The impossibility of straight walking

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While chatting about walking the other day, as we do, Fiona mentioned something she'd read in Shane O'Mara's excellent book In Praise Of Walking. Humans are, apparently, incapable of walking in straight lines when blindfolded or otherwise prevented from seeing landmarks. Participants were asked to walk either in a large and dense forest or in […]

Marching against racism in Birmingham

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Connecting the current #BLM protests with marches since the 1960s.

A time capsule of art in the age of Covid

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Have you made a piece of work, walking or otherwise, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic? As the world suddenly changed a lot of us found our art practice was a vital way to make sense of it all and the National Academy of Sciences in the USA is looking to archive this hopefully unique […]