Walking the Land | Events 2018

Our next First Friday Walk, 6th July 2018

Hope some of you might join us on our next First Friday Walk.
The afternoon walk takes in several shady places so you can keep cool….but sunscreen and hats are advised.

here’s the brief outline, but you’ll need to contact us for the final details…just leave a PM or contact us via our contact page

lunch (if you want it)
from 12:00

Leave to Walk along the shady cycle track to the Dunkirk Mill Museum for a guided tour. Please have £3.00 with you.

3.00 – 4.30
After the Museum tour, we will be using reasonably shady footpaths and lanes to climb quite gradually to Pinfarthings, before descending to “The W” where will meet Rosalind John who will talk about grassland management.

4.30 – 5.30
From there we will walk down into Nailsworth for tea/coffee at “The Vault” where there will be opportunity to view Deb’s latest exhibition.

Once you’ve booked we’ll send you further details of our rendezvous, route and further timings.

Please let us know ASAP if you’d like to join us – as usual places are limited

Booking essential – via our ‘contacts’ page


with best wishes

Richard, Tom and Kel


Old events

Space Place Practice: Library of Pilgrimages and Museum Box Project










Exhibition Launch Event
Saturday 9 September 2017
At Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge Town Hall BA14 8EQ

Exhibition dates 9 September – 4 November 2017
Launch Event Saturday 9 September 12pm – 2pm pm – please do come along.
Opening times Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm Saturdays 10am – 2pm closed Sundays

About Space Place Practice:
These two exhibitions were created by Space Place Practice, a collective group of multidisciplinary practitioners who share an interest in researching the wider aspects of ‘landscape’ and take inspiration from a sense of place:

The Museum Box Project: Something of Place
The Museum Box Project builds on the theme of a research seminar when each member of Space Place Practice brought ‘something of place’ with them to the event. Each member went home with a museum box in which/with which to develop their connections with these somethings and places as a way of presenting their ‘place’ to others as a finished artwork for exhibition.

Library of Pilgrimages
Inspired by the Robert Macfarlane’s description of the artist Miguel Angel Blanco’s Library of the Forest, members of the group each created a ‘mini-installation’ on the theme of a ‘personal pilgrimage’ where each artist has put a special interaction with a space or a place in the small confines of a foolscap filing box. Each response records how we endow places with special responses and recognises how a place may be integrated into our own ‘inner’ landscape. This gathering of boxes records an intensity of feeling and responses to ‘place’ that becomes the beginning of another ‘pilgrimage’.

All Rivers Flow to the Sea. River Biss Art Walk
Artist-led by Walking the Land, this three-hour art walk, exploring and responding to the natural and cultural heritage of Trowbridge’s River Biss, is part of the Library of Pilgrimages exhibition, and Explore Art Trowbridge. Visit our website to read more and book your place.



Gaining Momentum with your Mobile

Sunday 23 October | 11am – 4pm | £20/£15 Friends of the Museum

The course is facilitated by Kel Portman and aimed at photographers who want to get the best out of their smartphone or tablet camera.

Camera use is changing rapidly with many photographers both amateur and professional using mobile devices like smartphones and tablets instead of their ‘old fashioned’ cameras.

Although simple to use, there are features that many users fail to find and with advances in simple to use editing apps and software, photographs taken on smartphones and tablets can offer a new and exciting means of creativity and self expression.

This practical course will help you develop your understanding of photography and won’t confuse you with ‘Gobbledeegook’ or technical jargon.

We’ll be walking the grounds of Stratford Park’s diverse landscape as our subject, so you’ll need to bring suitable footwear and dress appropriately for the British Climate.

Bring with you your device (smartphone or tablet) and make sure you have enough spare memory available. Make sure it has a full charge and bring your charger, just in case.

Participants will be contacted before the course with a small list of Apps and software to download…much of it will be free or very minimal cost.

Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch to keep you going.

What the course will cover:

  • Subject, Selection & Image composition
    Applications, software and gadgets
  • Macro
  • Landscape
  • Difficult lighting condition and night photography

Booking necessary, please email museum@stroud.gov.uk or call 01453 763394.

Gaining Momentum

Sunday 30 October | 11am – 4pm | £5/£3.50 Friends of the Museum

The course is aimed at artists and non-artists who enjoy our wonderful countryside and want to use artwork, drawings, photography or words to reflect their appreciation.

The ‘artwalk’ leaves from Stratford Park and will take you around 4 miles over footpaths, through Autumnal woodland and over hills. Every so often, there will be a short stop to draw, photograph, write or just to look.

Walking the Land artists will offer subject matter, approach, techniques, feedback and advice to help expand participant’s enjoyment of making artwork.

Bring with you your art materials of choice, your camera (with spare batteries and memory) your smartphone or tablet and a notebook. You’ll need to wear suitable footwear and dress appropriately for the Autumnal Climate.

Booking necessary, please email museum@stroud.gov.uk or call 01453 763394.