Walking the Land | Events 2018

Our next First Friday Walk, 7th September 2018

We’d like to invite you to join us on our walk this month.
We will be walking with staff from the National Trust to discuss the Stroud Landscape Project which they are piloting.
As usual we’ll meet for lunch for those who want to join us, and then walk from 1.30 for about 6 miles with time to make a few stops and hear about the Trust’s ideas. We aim to finish the walk around 5.30. 
If you are able to join us please book a place using our contacts page and we will get in touch with more details.
Please do all you can to share transport….if you’re happy to offer a lift, or you’d like one, please let us know. 
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Richard 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.