As part of the Walking Publics / Walking Arts project, a number of Artist Commissions have been awarded. We’ll be sharing more about the artists and their projects over the coming weeks.
In ‘Intertidal’ artist Elspeth Penfold will collaborate with the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network (CITiZAN), at the Museum of London Archaeology, to lead poetry walks along Whitstable’s Heritage Trail.
Working with participants from East Kent MENCAP, Penfold will use creative writing and rope knotting techniques to explore the liminal landscapes of the tidal shore. The resulting verse, co-created by Penfold and participants, will add a new layer of embodied parallel interpretation to the existing archaeological information points on the heritage trail.
Elspeth Penfold is a Bolivian/Argentinian artist who has lived and worked in the UK since the 1970s. Her multi-disciplinary practice incorporates spinning and weaving, painting and drawing, walking and writing. She leads the Thread and Word group, a participatory project that brings together weaving, walking and storytelling with artists and community members. Penfold’s spinning and knotting work draws on the Incan history and technique of ‘Quipu’ (knot work) and the Quecha language of the native Andean people.