We have been leading First Friday Walks every month since 2004. During lockdown we did this remotely. We started by using WhatsApp, messaging, quotes and scores to curate and synchronise the walks. We then changed this to holding facilitated online zoom meetings with artists from across the UK and other countries preceding the walk. Next we hosted monthly ‘Last Tuesday Cafes’ and supported other artists in facilitating them. Here we developed a number of project clusters, one of which, “watermarks”, has led to a number of us making a video assemblage for an academic conference at the University of the Highlands and Islands. 45 of us are members a private Facebook page where we share and discuss work in progress. A more recent development led by one of the participants is a series of presentations by the participating artists. After lockdown we also returned to the face to face First Friday Walks.
Walking the Land is an artist collective that has been active in Gloucestershire’s Stroud Valleys since 2002. We link landscape, community and art through projects, research, exhibitions, installations, writing and shared walks with numerous artists, other professions and the wider community. We have been walking with others on the first Friday of every month since 2004. Our projects and multi disciplinary dialogues often bridge community, private, academic and public sectors, involving people in landscape decision making or other public policy while developing us as practitioners and creating new knowledge.