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Exhibitions and Events

WaterWay
a site2011 exhibition of artwork from 14th June - August 30th
The Old Passage Inn,
Arlingham,
Gloucestershire.
Our waterways have long provided creative inspiration for artists and writers. Gloucestershire's canals and rivers provide a huge range of locations from the sublime and sometimes ferocious River Severn, the busy Gloucester/Sharpness canal, to the long abandoned but soon to be renovated Stroudwater canal.
'WaterWay' examines these arteries of wildlife, trade and recreation, while also looking at the surrounding landscape, those who make a living along it's shores, the communities who live close-by waterways or those who come simply to enjoy the water in all it's various moods.


 

tidal Severn
upstairs at the GEORGE
Newnham on Severn
Gloucestershire
August 27th - October 9th
an exhibition that examines aspects of the River Severn and includes work by
Walking the Land artists Richard Keating and Kel Portman, artists Suze Adams,
Carolyn Black, Andrew Darke and poet Alice Jolly, with essays by Stuart Ballard
and Owain Jones
Various events are on offer including walks, talks and performances
(further details later in the month:www.upstairsatthegeorge.co.uk)

tidal severn


Walking the Land's 'site10' exhibitions and events | June 2010
Planning is underway for our contributions to Stroud's site10 visual arts festival, these include exhibitions of curated works and WalkWorks

'between....two shores'

kel portman.between 2 shores

The Old Passage, Arlingham.
invited artists, using various media and disciplines respond to the space between the two shores of The Severn.

'between...A&Bee'
a joint project with the Global Bee Project and Walking the Land
Date: 29th May – 5th June
The project which was in part stimulated by artist Tara Downs, will raise awareness of a bee species becoming endangered and the biological and cultural effects this will have on us and the wider landscape that we share.
Global Bee Project and Walking the Land will be gathering scientific and artistic pollen whilst walking the Cotswold Way between Stroud and Bath between 29th May and 2nd June. Together we will explore our associations with bees, making art, data collection and creating bee habitats.
Our walk will also cross pollinate between the Bath Fringe and Stroud Visual Arts Festivals and all points between.
Join us en-route to share our experiences...updates on our progress will appear on our blog.
• click to find out more

'River Severn ArtWalks’
tome keating walking the land
Tom Keating | 'River'
A series of guided, creative walks with ‘Walking the Land’
dates: Friday 11th June & Saturday 19th June
time: 9:00 - 12:45
place: The Old Passage, Arlingham, Gloucestershire. GL2 7JR
cost: £7.50 Booking essential
contact:
t: 01452 812224 & 01453 756064
e: info@walkingtheland.org.uk

Landscape, walks and journeys are Walking the Land’s source of inspiration and the subject for their artworks and installations.Britain's longest river provides the subject for these walks, as it flows through Gloucestershire and close to ‘The Old Passage’ on it’s 354 km journey to the sea.
The Severn’s ferocious reputation, it’s famous Bore and the second largest tidal range in the world, has long been held in awe by navigators, naturalists and artists.With plans for a huge barrage project to harness the River’s power now at an advanced stage, the state of the River could be changed permanently.
These morning ArtWalks of around 5 Km alongside the River starts from The Old Passage Inn at Arlingham. Participants will be invited to make their own artwork and examine ‘the walk’ and the River as their subject, perhaps reflecting on it’s fragility. During the walk, you will be guided by photographers, artists and lecturers; Tom Keating, Richard Keating and Kel Portman, who will offer creative guidance, help and advice about subject choice, technique and process.
A selection of the resulting artworks will form an exhibition on our Walking the Land eGallery.
You’ll be back just in time for lunch, so book a table at The Old Passage

ww.theoldpassage.com

'Severn'
The George, Newnham, and a venue in Stroud TBA
scheduled for September 2010

Stroud Food and Drink and Stroud Walking Festival | September 2010

This two-week event is scheduled for September 3rd - 19th, 2010
Walking the Land will be leading walks and curating an exhibition of local walks.


Our Archive section of previous events and exhibitions

Stroud Festival of Nature 2009

Saturday 18th July
Stratford Park
Stroud Festival of Nature

The Festival hosts local and county wide organizations, involved in environment, conservation and green lifestyles.
The Festival is running alongside the annual Stroud Country Show, so there should be a great atmosphere with plenty to see and do.
for further details contact:
e: steverob.illus@virgin.net
t: 01453 753123


Walking the Land's 'site09' exhibitions and events | June 09

‘thinking about…Trees’

richard keating
Richard Keating | 'new leaf study'

date: 20th June
10:00 - 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:30
meeting outside the Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud
cost: free
contact: 01452 812224 & 01453 756064

Walking the Land artists invite you to join them in making art work that celebrates, reflects and responds to the trees in the tree collection here in Stratford Park.
As part of an ongoing study of how artists and non-artists value trees, Walking the Land offer support in studying and observing the trees, considering their biology, aesthetics and cultural significance and in identifying what it is about them that resonates with us.

Using these studies you will be encouraged to complete a piece of work on the
day that can be incorporated into a temporary ‘Tree Gallery in the Park’.
In addition, a selection of the resulting artworks will form an exhibition to be arranged later in the year and also feature on Walking the Land’s website eGallery Participants will need to bring their own art materials, cameras, sound recording equipment, notebooks, etc.


'thinking about...Food'

kel portman walking the land ’17 useful vegetables that you shouldn’t be without when travelling’
Kel Portman | ‘17 useful vegetables that you shouldn’t be without when travelling'

Dates: 1st June - 30th July 09
time: 11:00 - 22:00
The Old Passage, Arlingham
Gloucestershire. GL2 7JR
time: daily from 11:00
t: 01452 740547
e: oldpassage@ukonline.co.uk

Our fascination with food is reflected in countless TV programmes, magazines and dozens of new celebrity chefs. Increasingly we’re being asked to think more deeply about the subject…to consider where food comes from, farming practices, it’s preparation, appearance and taste.
Artists have a long history of interest in food’s visual qualities, but other subjects arise as they examine it’s progress from sea, river or farm through to the plate.

Organised jointly by Sally Pearce of The Old Passage and ‘Walking the Land’, the exhibition ‘thinking about…Food’ includes works by painters, printmakers, poets, photographers and sculptors who examine food’s visual, cultural and ecological impact.

Yummy!

Take part in voting for the winner of The Old Passage Art Award - the Public’s favourite artwork from the collection.
click here to see our eGallery


'River Severn ArtWalks’
tome keating walking the land
Tom Keating | ''River'
A series of guided, creative walks with ‘Walking the Land’
dates: Saturday 6th, 13th, 27th June
time: 9:00 - 12:45
place: The Old Passage,Arlingham, Gloucestershire. GL2 7JR
cost: £7.50 Booking essential
contact:
t: 01452 812224 & 01453 756064
e: info@walkingtheland.org.uk

Landscape, walks and journeys are Walking the Land’s source of inspiration and the subject for their artworks and installations.Britain's longest river provides the subject for these walks, as it flows through Gloucestershire and close to ‘The Old Passage’ on it’s 354 km journey to the sea.
The Severn’s ferocious reputation, it’s famous Bore and the second largest tidal range in the world, has long been held in awe by navigators, naturalists and artists.With plans for a huge barrage project to harness the River’s power now at an advanced stage, the state of the River could be changed permanently.
These morning ArtWalks of around 5 Km alongside the River starts from The Old Passage Inn at Arlingham. Participants will be invited to make their own artwork and examine ‘the walk’ and the River as their subject, perhaps reflecting on it’s fragility. During the walk, you will be guided by photographers, artists and lecturers; Tom Keating, Richard Keating and Kel Portman, who will offer creative guidance, help and advice about subject choice, technique and process.
A selection of the resulting artworks will form an exhibition on our Walking the Land eGallery.
You’ll be back just in time for lunch, so book a table at The Old Passage

ww.theoldpassage.com


Connecting with Place, People and Land through Walking and Art
with Walking the Land & Martin Large
Stroud Communiversity
date: Friday 15th May 2009
time: 9:30

communiversity

Walking around the Slad Valley, starting at The Exchange-visiting the Summer Street Allotments, Swifts Hill, Rosie’s Orchard, Valley Organics CSA at Stroud Slad Farm, the Woolpack at Slad, Bulls Cross and Folly Lane-taking a sketch pad and camera and stopping from time to time-guided by artists from Walking the Land. The walk is hilly in places. We will be out walking for about six hours with regular stops to draw and take photographs with a longer lunch stop and again for tea.
Evening Meal & Social at Star Anise Arts Café.

• Bookings and further details from Communiversity
w: stroudcommonwealth.org.uk

e: vitalsqueeze@gmail.com
t: 01453 766598

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About Stroud Communiversity
Stroud Communiversity returns this year with a fresh feast of Stroud's finest projects being showcased and explored over three packed days.
With Land, Food and Money at the heart of this recession, our response is an examination of practical, creative and innovative solutions to support the growth and development of a resilient local economy.


'Favorite Trees' a long term project initiated by Richard Keating

strroud mayor john marjorum


Stroud’s mayor John Marjoram is pictured together with his favourite tree;
a Silver Birch.


“What I particularly like about this birch tree is that its in a small public, urban space where people can see it and enjoy it.”

Mayor Marjoram has been photographed as part of a project by 'Walking The Land' and which was shown in our exhibition ‘outsidespace’ at The Space Gallery in Lansdown Stroud during June 08. This work continues an initiative launched at the National Arboretum at Westonbirt last month, looking at endangered trees and our responses
to them.

Originator of the project, artist Richard Keating said
“Our general philosophy is that if we lose trees we lose a part of ourselves, that we too are endangered. We are all increasingly aware that our planet is losing trees at a phenomenal rate through a mixture of logging and habitat destruction.

Our work though is looking at perhaps more subtle ways in which we value trees; what other aspects of them would we lose if certain species become extinct.

'Walking the Land' invite participation in this work and ask you to visit your local park or green space and make a photograph of yourself and the tree.

To be a part of the exhibition, email it to info@walkingtheland.org.uk along with your name and twenty five words describing what you value about the tree, and if possible a map reference.“

'Walking the Land' will endeavour to include all images submitted on our e-gallery


Walking the Land's 'site08' exhibitions and events | June 08

'River'

kel portman walking the land encounter
Kel Portman. ‘where Noadu rode between divided shores’

• click here to see the exhibition

Dates: 1st - 30th June 08
time: 11:00 - 22:00
The Old Passage, Arlingham
Gloucestershire. GL2 7JR
time: daily from 11:00
t: 01452 740547
e: oldpassage@ukonline.co.uk

Britain's longest river provides the subject for this exhibition. This dramatic river flows through Gloucestershire and close to ‘The Old Passage’ on it’s 354 km passage to the sea. WIth a ferocious reputation, the famous Bore and the second largest tidal range in the world, The River Severn has long been held in awe by navigators, naturalists and artists.
Organised jointly by Sally and David Pearce and ‘Walking the Land’, the exhibition ‘River’ includes works by painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors who examine it’s visual, historical, psychological and ecological impact, Their subject is
this River, the communities who make their living close to it’s volatile waters and those that come simply to wonder at it’s dramatic journey.

Take part in voting for the winner of The Old Passage Art Award - the Public’s favourite artwork from the collection.
A site08 event

artwork inspired b...
By edited by Kel Port...



'River Severn ArtWalk’
A guided, creative walk with ‘Walking the Land’
kel portman walking the land

Kel Portman. Walk 2,River Severn'

date: Saturday 7th June 08
time: 9:00 - 12:45
place: The Old Passage, Arlingham, Gloucestershire.GL2 7JR
cost: £7.50
contact:
t: 01452 812224 & 01453 756064
e: kel@sva.org.uk

Landscape, walks and journeys are Walking the Land’s source of inspiration and the subject for our artworks and installations.
This morning ArtWalk of around 5 Km along the magnificent River Severn starts from The Old Passage Inn at Arlingham. Participants will be invited to make their own artwork and examine ‘the walk’ and the River as their subject.
During the walk, you will be guided by photographers, artists and lecturers, Tom Keating, Richard Keating and Kel Portman, who will offer you creative guidance, help and advice about subject choice, technique and process.
A selection of the resulting artworks will form an exhibition on Walking the Land’s website eGallery.
Booking essential. Further details here later on the website.
You’ll be back just in time for lunch, so book a table at The Old Passage.
A site08 event

OutsideSpace
richard keating walking the land
Richard Keating. ‘Water Drawing’
click here to see the exhibition


The Space Gallery, Lansdown, Stroud. GL5 1BN
dates: 13th - 26th June 08
Monday - Friday 11:00 - 3:30
Saturday 9:30 - 4:30
closed Sundays
contact:
t: 01452 812224 & 01453 756064
e: kel@sva.org.uk

Walking the Land's selection of artworks which celebrate and respond to our local landscape and greenspaces.
Following the success of last years exhibition 18 newly selected Gloucestershire artists come together in 'Outside Space', each to offer their unique vision and to explore the relationship between art and landscape.
British landscape art is incredibly popular with the viewing public, reflecting our National affection for the countryside but also our fear of it's potential loss.
Gloucestershire's countryside offers some of the most visually stimulating landscapes in the country. But as more of us live in towns and cities, we've become gradually separated from our landscape roots. In 'Outside Space' we see local artists relocating us with the landscape and green spaces through their artwork.
Their role is to confront and challenge the viewer's expectations of landscape and into accepting both the tradition of representational landscape painting, as well as a newer more contemporary interpretation of the subject involving other approaches, disciplines and media.
This event will run as part of ‘Love Parks Week’, a nationwide celebration of parks.

A site08 event

artists celebrating...
By edited by Kel Por...


'Arboreality'
kel portman
Memories of an Invented Land by Kel Portman

• click here to see the exhibition

Dates: 2nd - 7th May 08
10:00 - 4:00

The Great Oak Hall
Westonbirt Aroratum
Westonbirt, Gloucestershire. GL8 8QS
t: 01666 880220
w: forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt

A ‘Walking the Land’ curated exhibition explores through different media, the beauty of the Arboratum's wonderful collection, focusing particulary on those trees that are under threat and near extinction in the wild.
The exhibition by 11 multi-disciplined artists, includes photography, prints, poetry, video and installation works.
a Walking the Land ...
By edited by Kel Por...
'thaut phaa paa... ...
By Kel Portman


Events & Exhibitions during 2007

CameraWalks | 20th October 2007 | Woodchester Park

as part of PhotoStroud Festival of Photography

‘Walking the Land’ lead creative photographic walks through the stunning woodlands that surround Woodchester Mansion.
Woodchester Park is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and offers a rich variety of flora and fauna as well as a backdrop to the visually interesting buildings.
During the gentle 3.5 mile walk, you will be guided by photographers and lecturers Tom Keating and Kel Portman will help you get the best out of your camera and subjects. They will offer you creative guidance, help and advice about all things photographic, subject choice, technique and process.
Your images may then be used as a part of a collaborative artwork that will be part of a proposed exhibition and may also be included in Walking the Land’s website eGallery.

starting times: 11.00 and 14.00
Price: £5.00
Numbers are limited to 15, so booking is essential

Artwalks | various dates in June & July 2007

walking the land

Dates: Wednesday mornings: June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 18
Time: 10am - 2pm
Cost: £25 per participant for each walk & tuition.
Group size will be limited to a dozen participants, so booking is essential.A series of five practical Art Walks celebrating, exploring and visually recording the Stroud Valley's landscape and the relationship with the textile industry. Tapping into the underlying geology, biodiversity, topography and the built heritage, participants are invited to use the Museum in the Park collection and to walk and make studies of this unique landscape and its relationship with local culture and livelihoods and to make a final, collaborative piece of work based on these explorations.
All walks will start from the Museum in The Park, where participants can research local heritage and livelihoods before being guided to walk, draw and photograph the unique heritage of the five valleys. Local artists/photographers will provide guidance and direction while the landscape and Museum collection will provide inspiration and information. These walks will be between two and four miles.
Images and work produced will be curated on the Walking The Land e-gallery and may be incorporated into a forthcoming land-art installation.


site07 | 'Racking Fields' |
Rodborough Playing Fields & Community Hall | event

Saturday June 16th
18:30 - till late


racking fields
'Walking the Land’ bring artists together to recreate the ‘Racking Fields’, exploring the legacy and relationship between the landscape and the textiles industry in the Stroud Valleys.

‘Racking Fields’ A talk by Ian Macintosh
Rodborough Community Hall
19:00

racking fileds
'A view of Wallbridge' c.1758 thanks to Stroud District (Colne)Museum Trust

Ian Macintosh of the Stroudwater Textile Trust talks about the cloth industry in Stroud, Capel Mill and the 18th century Wallbridge painting (above), which shows lines of scarlet and white cloth stretched over the racking frames to dry on Rodborough Fields.

‘Racking Fields’ free guided walk
19:30 - 21:00

Steve Roberts of Big Classroom leads a gentle walk from the Community Hall. Help recreate the lines of colour in the landscape by wearing a red top to add to the spectacle during this journey around Rodborough.
In addition, the children at Rodborough School will be creating a ‘red river’ of cloth with textile artist Alison Harper, celebrating the global importance of the broadloom cloth produced in the Stroud valleys.
The colour of the cloth was known as ‘Stroudwater scarlet’ and it was thought the special qualities of the local water were in part responsible for the brilliance of colour.
Bring a pencil and your camera.
Please wear a red (or white) top to add to the spectacle.

Changing Landscape & Net Curtains
Walking the Land & Oogoo Maia
Saturday 16th June
from dusk till ‘late - it'll be dark, so bring a torch!

A combination of still and moving image projected on the hillside, illustrative of the effect of our past, present and future lifestyles on the landscape.
Walking The Land’s colour projections are reminiscent of the textile industry and agricultural legacy; their black and white moving images show the inside and outside landscape experienced on a late walk home through Rodborough, while Oogoo Maia’s “Net Curtain” suggest more frenetic change, asking what hides in the dark; what we choose to ignore; what will never be said in daylight; who we decide not to be; what comes out at night? Forgotten things that suddenly hit back.


June 19th - June 30th 2007| 'Outside Space' | The Space Gallery
10:30 - 4:00 daily except Sundays. a site07 exhibition
outsidespace
• click to see the exhibition slidesho
Walking the Land’s selection of ArtWorks which celebrate our local landscape


24 selected Gloucestershire artists come together, each to offer their unique vision and to explore the relationship between art and landscape.
Although using many different approaches and medium, the common thread that links their work is a national love for the countryside and collective concerns for it’s future.

The Space, The Stroud Performing Arts Centre,
Lansdown, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1BN