Holding Courts: a walk in Kennington with Noble & King – Corinne Noble

Two people (Corinne and Simon) sitting on a low wall. Between them is a string of antique postcards (displayed on the fence behind) picturing flowers.
Noble and King share correspondences with participants at the penultimate stop. Image Credit: Joao Villas for Noble and King
Two people (Corinne and Simon) sitting on a low wall. Between them is a string of antique postcards (displayed on the fence behind) picturing flowers.
Noble and King share correspondences with participants at the penultimate stop. Image Credit: Joao Villas for Noble and King

In March 2020 my work on Holding Courts – a walking tour in collaboration with the writer, Simon King – began. Evolving through the 2020 lockdown, it responded to an invitation for a group exhibition in Lambeth’s ex-county court (London, SE12). Initially online, and at-one-removed, the piece developed fuelled by postal purchases of antique ephemera and an ongoing email correspondence.  

In October 2020. Noble & King delivered the final, in-person, two-hour tour to four accompanying walkers. At safe social distance, together they explored suburban streets in the vicinity of Lambeth’s once-upon-a-time county court. At thirteen stopping points they shared antique correspondence linked to law courts, deliberating, speculating and summoning personal reflections. At the finale, a handmade souvenir booklet was dispersed and a joint reading of a poem by T.S.Eliot prompted reflection on the idea of ‘returning’ – closing words that brought the circuit to an end (or, we wondered, another beginning…?)

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Corinne Noble is a London-based fine artist. A graduate of Chelsea College of Art (BA Painting) and the Royal College of Art (MA Printmaking), she makes drawings, collages and book-works that use places encountered whilst walking, found photographs or historical paper ephemera as their starting point. Alongside her individual practice, Corinne collaborates with the writer Simon King to design and lead place-responsive walks that involve imagination, memory and group participation.