We warmly invite you to the online launch of the #WalkCreate Gallery, a digital showcase of walking work made by artists across the UK during COVID-19, on Wednesday 3rd November, 7pm-8pm (GMT). The #WalkCreate Gallery is a key part of the research project Walking Publics/Walking Arts.
The #WalkCreate Gallery features the work of 81 artists showcasing over 120 artworks, representing diverse responses to COVID-19 and distinct forms and approaches. You can preview the gallery here.
Please join on Wednesday 3rd November to celebrate the work of the artists featured in our gallery and to hear more about the wider research project, Walking Publics/Walking Arts: walking, wellbeing and community during COVID-19.
We are delighted to also be joined by guest speakers Stephanie Springgay (McMaster University), who will offer a response to the gallery, and Carole Wright (Blak Outside), who will share some of her own work on walking during COVID-19.
You can register for free at our Eventbrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walkcreate-gallery-online-launch-tickets-175439804177
This event will offer captioning provided by My Clear Text, and we also ask during booking to let us know if there are any further requirements which would make this event more accessible and which we will do our best to accommodate.
Walking Publics/Walking Arts: walking, wellbeing and community during COVID-19 is a collaborative research project led by Professor Dee Heddon at the University of Glasgow in collaboration with Professor Maggie O’Neill (University College Cork), Dr. Morag Rose (University of Liverpool), Clare Qualmann (University of East London) and Dr. Harry Wilson (University of Glasgow). An AHRC funded COVID rapid response project, Walking Publics/Walking Arts seeks to explore the relationship between walking and creativity, and the potential of the arts to sustain, encourage and more equitably support walking during and recovering from a pandemic. More information about the project can be found at https://walkcreate.org
Stephanie Springgay is Director of the School of the Arts (SOTA), at McMaster University, Canada. She is a leading scholar of research-creation with a focus on walking, affect, queer theory, and contemporary art as pedagogy. Her SSHRC-funded research-creation projects include WalkingLab (www.walkinglab.org) and The Pedagogical Impulse (www.thepedagogicalimpulse.com). She has published widely on contemporary art, queer-feminist anti-racist pedagogies, and social practice arts. She is the co-author, with Sarah E. Truman of Walking and the more-than-human: WalkingLab (2018).
Carole Wright is a project manager, community gardener, beekeeper, and proud South Londoner with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design who hails from Brixton. Now living in Southwark, Carole dedicates herself to improving the community she lives within. She said, “My family instilled in me the motto ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. I’ve carried that ethos throughout my whole adult life.”