Welcome to Walking the Land

Here you’ll find details of our latest news as well as some of our projects, archive material and various galleries….
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As you may have noticed, we’re currently in the middle of re-designing our site, editing pages and adding content. It’s a slow process, but hopefully it’ll be completed as soon as we’re back from a few walks

First Friday Walks

Our next First Friday ArtWalk will take place on Friday 5th August 2016.

Our next walk will shortly pass through our comprehensive planning and logistics stage…and will shortly be available on our Events page

and don’t overlook our latest exhibition at The Old Passage, Arlingham.

you’ll also find details on our Facebook page

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Oakbrook Farm Thursday 5th May 2016

Walking the Land and The Biodynamic Land Trust would like to invite you to a day of drawing, painting,writing, photography and immersion in the landscape of Oakbrook Farm.  We hope that this will result in a long term project and we’ll continue to provide updates here.
details available on our Events page

Previous Projects

New Numbers: New Approaches
A conference, walk and exhibition

University of Gloucestershire

June 6th & 7th 2015

Laurie Lee Centenary Celebrations 2014

Our full programme that follows in some of the footsteps of the poet, can be seen on our events pages. All but one of our walks have now been made, but if you’d like to book your place on our final walk or have questions, please email walking@artworks.eu.com

Our final Laurie Lee Centenary Walk takes place on November 2nd
Dan Glaister will lead the walk
2nd November 09:45
exact details will be revealed to those who have had their bookings confirmed

Just finished…
and as part of the Laurie Lee Centenary Celebrations;
Walking the Land present ‘The Art of Walking’ at Stroud’s wonderful Museum in the Park
Saturday 6 September to Sunday 5 October.

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Walking the Land are grateful for the generous support of Stroud Arts Festival and Stroud’s Museum in the Park

• click here to view the catalogue on our events page

and just published, a new page by Hastings and Hamilton


From the River and the Sea

from the river and the sea
Until early November 2014
Our latest exhibition that celebrates the sea and the liminal landscape of our coastline and rivers.  New works by 23 artists using a multitude of media and materials with a wealth of different styles and approaches. The exhibition can be seen at: The Old Passage, Arlingham, Gloucestershire, GL2 7JR open from 11:30 – 14:30 and and 19:00 – 21:30 (Tuesday to Saturday – closed Mondays) Sunday from 12:00 – 14:30 t: 01452 740547 • click here to view the gallery


Richard Keating’s Assemblage: weaving a community landscape

As a part of a practice led post graduate research project at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea, this exhibition studies how an arts practice has been involved in a number of Stroud land-based activities and a number of longer walks. Creative processes and ephemeral cultural artefacts have been made which explore the role of a collaborative, socially engaged, landscape arts practice in helping move us towards a resilient and shared future; a community-landscape. The exhibition ran from 5th to 20th April, Gallery 1, Museum in the Park, Stroud • click here to see some of the images

The Old Passage Art Awards and donation to the Severn Area Rescue Association

SARA presentation

Artists present their donations to Graham Tudor of SARA

2013’s annual Old Passage Art Award attracted considerable interest, jointly organised by Sally Pearce of The Old Passage and Walking the Land, the exhibition was based on the theme ‘Between the Woods and Water’, featuring images and works associated with Gloucestershire’s landscape. Works were submitted by 20 artists and included painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture. First Prize which went to Jilly Cobbe with her study of winter trees. Lucy Guenot gained Second Prize with her relief print of the Severn. Winner of the Public Voter Prize was Jane Hunt Instead of charging commission on sales, the organisers are keen to promote the valuable work of the Severn Area Rescue Association and so artists are invited to contribute a percentage of their sales income to support this valuable local organisation.

and in the Recent Past RiverMap at The Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud

Walking the Land Exhibition and Seminar at The Museum in the Park Seminar Saturday 9th November The Exhibition continues until Sunday 10th November more details on our events pages • click here to view a selection of images from RiverMap

RIVER and the Miniature Museum of Memories

Walking the Land, Tara Downs and Bart Sabel. Works in progress and discussions, Ruskin Mill Nailsworth GL6 0LA 4th – 12th September open daily from 10:00 closes at 17:00 weekdays and 16:00 weekends A collective project by Walking the Land artists exploring the river landscape and how it shapes our lives and community. The exhibition includes water related photographs, drawings, video and soundscapes, and Tara Downs and Bart Sabel\’s extraordinary Miniature Museum in which you are invited to leave your story, object and hopes. RIVER is supported by the Cotswold Conservation Board. RIVER ArtWalk and Miniature Museum Collecting Day on Sunday 8 September. A special event linked to the RIVER exhibition in the Gallery.Miniature Museum \’Collecting with Curiousity\’ from 12-4pm in the Gallery. Bring your stories and objects to contribute to the growing collection in this witty, intriguing and moving exploration of water and the part it plays in the stories of our lives.

Artwalk with Walking the Land artists: meet 1pm in the Gallery to view and discuss the exhibition. Followed by the ArtWalk (2-4.30pm) through the Ruskin Mill site, where you are invited to photograph, draw and write your thoughts, with contributions added to the River Map.
• click for more details that appear on our ‘Invitations to Exhibit’ page


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Rodborough Fields Preservation Group

The Weavers & Workhouse Walk, 9th July, 2013

As a part of the community’s feelings against proposed, inappropriate development of Rodborough Fields, seventy five local people walked and celebrated the social, cultural and natural history of the area. In collaboration with Stuart Butler, Radical Stroud and John Bassett from Spaniel in the Works theatre company, Walking the Land helped lead the walk through the mills and racking fields, along the canal and River Frome, pausing to re-enact moments from the social and industrial history of the Stroud Valleys, and to encounter the natural history and relationship with the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The event was filmed by BBC2 for the upcoming series of The Planners. Many participants wore red to signify the famous Stroud Scarlet cloth and carried scarlet banners both in reference to the drying of cloth on tenterhooks in Rodborough Fields and as banners of protest against current plans. Based on the painting in the museum of the racking fields, the walkers were directed to hold the banners aloft to replicate the scene. This continues earlier participatory and collaborative projects by WtL around the fields, including ‘Racking Fields’(2007) and ‘Capel Mill’(2006) both of which celebrated the links between the textile heritage and landscape, including installing a water powered painting machine at the site of the former Capel Mill Dye Works and stretching cloth across the landscape. The event also served to help Walking the Land collect people’s views about the Settled Valleys Landscape Type as a part of the ongoing project with the Cotswold Conservation Board. http://www.rodboroughfields.org.uk

Walking the Land at site festival 2013

Our next exhibition ‘River’ and it’s associated ‘Riverwalk’ will take place at The Stroud Brewery on the Saturday 18th May • More details of our programme can be found here

Visitors at 'River', hosted by Stroud Brewery

Visitors at ‘River’, hosted by Stroud Brewery (photo by A. Heabe-Lewis)

Walking the Land & Countryfile

Walking the Land appeared on the popular BBC TV programme Countryfile, on Sunday 4th March 2012. We were invited to appear on the show when the production team visited the Stroud Valleys and focused on the artists in the area – including sculptor Anna Usbourne (who spent some time talking about her hugely famous donkeys) In our sequence we talk about our work and walk with the presenter Ellie Harrison…we also give her some creative challenges and several silly things to do. Helping us out were several of our amazing associated artists including Lucy Margaret Guenot, Jilly Cobbe, Chris Smith and Nik Taylor. You can see some of the work we produced on our Facebook page and also on our Countryfile Gallery page