Walking Women 

12th Jul 2016 11:00am - 17th Jul 2016 11:30pm 

Walking Women

11 – 17 July 2016

A truly utopian practice, walking is free, open, participatory and helps us to reimagine the world we live in. Women across the arts have long used walking in their creative practice, yet their invisibility in the ‘canon’ is conspicuous. This series of events takes a step towards redressing that imbalance - through walking artworks, film screenings, talks and discussions that celebrate and raise the profile of WALKING WOMEN.  

There will be activities taking place throughout the week, 11 – 17 July, 11.00-18.00 in the Utopia Treasury including:

Jennie Savage's audio Guide to Getting Lost. Borrow an Mp3 player and headphones and head out to become lost in your familiar geography and the fictional sonic landscape of the audio guide. You will encounter street markets, shopping malls, beaches and birdsong recorded in enigmatic locations. 

Amy Sharrocks’ Bus Pass will be on offer for new drifts across the city, taking you on new routes to places you have never been. Decide how much time you have, then take a ticket and get on the first bus you see. 

Claire Qualmann and Claire Hind’s Ways to Wander is a book that gathers together 54 intriguing ideas for different ways to take a walk. Selected entries by women authors have been reproduced as cards for visitors to use. Read them as poetry, follow the instructions to the word, or imagine the route that they might take you on.

On Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July a Wikipedia edit-a-thon will address the gender gap of this important depository of knowledge by actively engaging a female editorship, and improving coverage of women artists. Drop in, improve the page of a favourite artist, or create one from scratch.

Walking Women is curated by Amy Sharrocks and Clare Qualmann in collaboration with Dee Heddon.

Please be aware, selected events involve outdoor walks. In the event of adverse weather conditions, please dress appropriately. 

An Intimate Tour of Breasts
Wednesday 13 July 2016, 11.00-16.00
Meet at the Utopia Treasury, Great Arch Hall
Free, limited spaces

Writer, artist and breast cancer survivor Claire Collison is tour guide on 'An intimate tour of breasts', a three-hour walk exploring the mythologies and commodification of breasts throughout history to the present day. Engaging in conversations and activities en route, the walk aims to unravel the implications of this on how women feel about their own breasts. 

© Saioa Olmo
The Walking Reading Group: Utopia
Saturday 16 July 2016, 11.00-13.00
Meet at the Utopia Treasury, Great Arch Hall
Free, advance booking required

The Walking Reading Group (TWRG) facilitates knowledge exchange in an intimate and dynamic way, discussing texts whilst walking together. Participants will explore 'structure in and around participation',  using texts by Michael Ende, Jo Freeman and Thomas More. Texts will be provided in advance, and this walk begins in the Utopia Treasury. Free, limited spaces. To book please email walkingreadinggroup@gmail.com

© Sian Gledhill - Balloons
Walking Artists' Pecha Kucha
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July 2016, 11.30-12.30 & 14.00-15.00
Screening Room, Free, drop-in

Quick fire artists' talks, demonstrating the diversity of walking as a contemporary arts practice. Using audio, video, performance, painting, drawing, movement, knitting, dance and writing, these artists explore walking with children, walking home, walking and listening, walking and public space, the politics of walking, walking and revolution, walking and environment and walking on borders.

© Amy Sharrocks, cinematographer Iris Long Butter Shoes (still)
Walking Artists' Films
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July 2016, 13.00-14.00
Screening Room, Free, drop-in
A short film programme including work by:  Anna Macdonald, Lizzie Philps, Zoo Indigo, Jess Allen, Regina Magdelana Sebald, Sheila Ghelani, Tracy Mackenna, Karen Elaine Spencer, Helen Billinghurst, Amy Sharrocks, Mona Hatoum, Amy McKenny, walkwalkwalk, Mikyoung Jun Pearce, Yasmeen Sabri, Ann-Marie LeQuesne.
© Walk Midsummer 2006
Urban Sprawl: Artists' Talks
Saturday 16 July 2016, 15.30-17.00
Screening Room, Free, drop-in

Artists Amy Sharrocks, Clare Qulmann and Jennie Savage present their walking practices, joined in discussion by scholars Dee Heddon and Anna Minton. This session will touch on issues of public space, ownership, and walking as a political mode of storytelling and storymaking. 

© Kubra Khademi - The Eternal Trial
Kubra Khademi
Saturday 16 July 2016, 17.00-18.00
Screening Room, Free, advance booking required

In 2015 Afghan artist Kubra Khademi walked through the streets of Kabul in specially made body armour,  to  highlight the everyday harrassment and sexual assault of women in public space. The furore that followed put the artist's life in danger, and she is now living in exile in France. Lois Keidan, director of the Live Art Development Agency presents a series of the artist's short films - including the Kabul walk, and discusses Khademi's work. 

© Luke Allen - The Walking Library
The Walking Library for Women Walking
Saturday 16 July 2016 18.00-20.00 & Sunday 17 July 2016 11.00-13.00
Meet at the Utopia Treasury, Great Arch Hall, Free - limited spaces, arrive early to secure your space

The Walking Library is an ongoing art project created by Dee Heddon and Misha Myers, bringing together walking and books – walking, reading, reflecting & writing. Each walk changes the shape, the content and the actions of the library. This library was created for Walking Women, filled with donations of suggested books  to carry. Join us as we walk this library along the suffragettes' marching route, sharing readings along the way.

© The Gathering by Louise Ann Wilson. Photo by Joe Fildes
Rural Scapes Artists' Talks
Sunday 17 July 2016, 15.30-17.00
Screening Room, Free, drop-in

In a conversation facilitated by scholars Cathy Turner and Jo Norcup, Alison Lloyd and Louise Ann Wilson will discuss their walking research and practice. Lloyd will focus on the invisible history of women artists walking, from the 1960s and 1970s  as well as her own solitary walking practice. Performance maker Louise Ann Wilson will speak about her large scale works 'Warnscale' and 'The Gathering', which take place in rural landscapes. 

© Anna Birch - March of Women
March - Film Screening
Sunday 17 July 2016, 17.00-18.00
Screening Room, Free, advance booking required
March documents a large scale, public procession of women who took to the streets of Bridgeton, Glasgow on the eve of International Women's Day 2015. Drawing from Cicely Hamilton's popular suffragette play 'A Pageant of Great Women',  the film gives a lingering insight into the political and social experiences of women in Scotland today. Followed by curators Amy Sharrocks and Clare Qualmann in discussion with Dee Heddon and Cathy Turner.