The Walkbook: recipes for walking & wellbeing
Walking Publics / Walking Arts: walking, wellbeing and community during COVID-19 is a research project which has been exploring people’s experiences of walking during COVID-19 restrictions. The research has also sought to understand how artists from across the UK have used walking as part of their artistic practice and how their expertise could be used to support more people to walk well. (See www.walkcreate.org for full details of the research, the research team, our project partners and funders).
In this final stage of our research, we want to work with artists to produce a free, downloadable walking guide, The Walkbook: recipes for walking and wellbeing, which will respond to the diverse and multiple challenges people have experienced in participating in walking. We are not proposing that creative approaches to walking mitigate systemic inequalities or offer solutions to significant health issues, nor do we seek to make walking a compulsory activity, but we do see value in sharing creative approaches to walking practices where these might support people who want to walk or walk more.
We invite UK-based artists to submit ‘recipes’ which offer creative approaches to support, inspire, and (re)engage people to walk. We have chosen the term ‘recipe’ because we know recipes can appeal to multiple senses, can be followed, embellished, adapted, and passed on.
Non-exhaustive examples of walking recipes include:
- A list of ‘ingredients’ needed for a walk.
- A set of creative activities that prepares people for a walk.
- A set of creative instructions to be followed on a walk.
- A guide, that indicates a way to walk, offering imaginative prompts for others to respond to.
- A guide that influences and aids the development of an activity on a walk.
- A toolkit, that supplies all the necessary skills and resources for a walk.
These are intended as suggestions. We welcome other creative responses/approaches to the idea of the walking recipe.
Submissions should address at least one of the ‘Challenges’ identified in our research and listed at the end of this call. In addition:
- ‘Recipes’ submitted should be clear to follow and should not assume prior knowledge or experience of ‘creative walking’ or ‘walking art’.
- our use of the term ‘walk’ aims to be inclusive of all bodies and includes moving with mobility aids such as wheelchairs. The accessibility of the proposed walk should be made explicit. Give as much information as you can so people can make an informed decision as to whether this walk is for them or could be interpreted/adapted by them according to their needs (e.g. likely duration, likely terrain etc.).
- No specialist or expensive equipment should be required to participate.
- Submissions can include text, images and/or diagrams to illustrate, inspire or engage or can be graphically laid out. As the walks may be printed out, digital links, audio or film files should not be included.
- Submissions should be no more than 500 words in length. Short submissions are not disadvantaged, nor are longer ones advantaged.
- We welcome the submission of walking tactics you use, or which you developed over COVID-19.
- Only one submission can be made per artist.
Submissions will be reviewed and shortlisted by the research team. Initial selection will be made according to:
- Challenge(s) addressed
- Clarity, legibility, and accessibility
- Imaginative/creative approach
Shortlisted submissions will then be reviewed by members of our partner organisations, who will ‘take them out for a walk’.
The final Walkbook will include up to 30 diverse recipes, addressing a wide range of identified challenges.
We aim to communicate decisions by the end of March at the latest, with a launch date for The Walkbook scheduled in May.
The fee for work selected for The Walkbook is £200. This includes permission to publish the work in The Walkbook and to undertake any revisions requested by the research team in collaboration with the artist prior to publication.
We are only able to pay fees to those eligible to work in the UK and receive payment via invoice.
Artists will be fully attributed for, and will retain the copyright of, their work.
Submissions should be made to email@example.com, by 12 noon (GMT) 21 February 2022, with your recipe attached as a PDF using the subject title ‘Walkbook’. We can only accept one submission per artist.
If you require an alternative mode of submission or any specific support to make your submission, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will aim to arrange this.
If you have any queries, please email us at email@example.com
- Walks for inclement weather
- Walks when there’s nowhere to walk
- Walks when you are bored of walking
- Walks when you are bored of walking the same route
- Walks when you are shielding
- Walks when you cannot walk very far
- Walks when you are anxious
- Walks when you don’t have much time
- Walks when you can’t be bothered
- Walks for inspiration
- Walks as an act of self-care
- Walks for a social bubble
- Walks for the physically distanced but socially connected
- Walks to make others smile
- Walks for the isolated
- Walks for the lonely
- Walks for busy people
- Walks for escape
- Walks for winter
- Walks in the rain
- Walks when it is dark
- Walks for indoors
- Walks with children, babies and/or teenagers
- Walks to work something out
- Walks in a place you feel uncomfortable or out of place
- Walks of welcome
- Walks for all the senses
- Walks to read your environment
- Walks to know your environment
- Walks to combat fear
- Walks to build your confidence
- Walks to manage pain
- Walks to expose obstacles
- Walks to bridge communities
- Walks to acknowledge slower pace
- Walks to start a revolution
We recognise that ‘walking’ refers to a diverse range of approaches and needs. While not all recipes may be suitable for everyone, our aim is that the majority will be.