Previous events


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

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.

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


New Work @ The Old Passage
The Old Passage
from May 15th 2015

The challenge to our 18 artists was simple:  Exhibit a piece of work that is new (made within the past 6 months) and that hasn’t been exhibited previously.  The subject choice was open and selected work  includes figurative and abstract artwork that use as subject matter landscapes, waterscapes, interiors and exteriors, food, still life, figure works etc.

New Work@The Old Passage


‘New Numbers. New Approaches’
a conference at the University of Gloucestershire 6th and 7th June 2015

by Linn O'Carroll

Run in conjunction with the University, the Robert Frost Fellowship and the Friends of the Dymock Poets.
Walking the Land has curated an accompanying exhibition that explores the influence of the activity of walking on the creatives processes of artists, poets and writers. Those exhibiting include:
Noela Bewry, Stephanie A W Bradley, Thomas A Clark, Valerie Coffin Price, Elaine Fisher,
Lucy Guenot, Agnieszka Kozlowska, Anthea Millier, Linn O’Carroll, Kel Portman, Jacqui Stearn and Walking the Land

• view the images on our gallery

• view the words on our New Numbers page


Previous Walks

Walking the Land artist Ffin led 2 walks – accompanied by her collaborator poet Philip Gross.

She will also appeared with Philip Gross to discuss their collaboration at the Hay Festival – details below
please contact Ffin for further details of all these events:

Walking the Land’s Events 2014
‘The Art of Walking’

Coming soon as part of the Laurie Lee Centenary Celebrations; Walking the Land present ‘The Art of Walking’ at The Museum in the Park from Saturday 6 September to Sunday 5 October. The exhibition features work in a wide range of media by international artists and can be seen alongside ‘Laurie Lee. Poetry, Art and Landscape’ that features drawings and paintings by the writer.


The Art of Walking by Kel Portman and Walking the Land


and some old news

‘tidal Severn’
upstairs at the GEORGE
Newnham on Severn
August 27th – October 9th 2010
Walking the Land, other artists and writers respond.

Walking the Land and ‘site 2010’

‘between… A & Bee’ is a fussion of science and art made during a walk to Bath that invloves scientists from the Global Bee Project.
Check here for details.

‘Between…2 shores’ an exhibition involving over 25 artists who use the River Severn as their theme.
click here for more details

‘River Severn ArtWalks’
Friday 11th June & Saturday 19th June
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.
clkick here to find out more

BBC radio4’s ‘Ramblings’ taken for a walk
calre balding of BBC radio4 Ramblings

Snow and ice didn’t deter the BBC’s intrepid Ramblings’ team from coming to Stroud and to be taken out across the Cotswold Hills by artists from Walking the Land, their friends and colaborators.
Clare Balding, the well known face of TV sports programmes along with her colleague Producer Lucy Lunt joined lead artists Tom Keating, Richard Keating and Kel Portman on a walk that took them through the woods and open spaces of Rodborough, to draw, record and photograph the landscape.

• click here read more on our blog

• Listen to Ramblings on the BBC iPlayer

First Friday Walks
Walking the Land are actually going to get our boots on, polish up our map reading skills and armed with cameras, sketch pads, snacks and all sorts of wet weather gear see what it’s like out there in the big wide world.

and we’re inviting you to join us on what we are referring to as First Friday Walks – not too many guesses needed ‘cos they will take place regularly on the first friday of every month and we’ll be walking….somewhere

Details of our next First Friday Walk can be seen below

• click here for details

• click here to see the Blog Gallery

100 days

100 Days countdown
Walking the Land artists are working together with Dominic Thomas and other regional practitioners in response to The Arnolfini Gallery iniative ( which leads up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on 7th December.

We each intend to produce artworks, events and projects that reflect our concern for the environment and the lamentable procrastination of governments and industry.
Our project relates to the proposed Severn Barrage and highlights concerns about the impact on the River and it’s infrastructure.

• click here read more on our blog

Landscape. Place and Identity:
a multi-diciplinary symposium and Workshop Day


Saturday 10th October 2009
Stroud College, Stratford Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4AH

Workshop Day & Big Draw event
Sunday 11th October 2009, 10:00
Stratford Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4AH
Stroud Valleys Artspace, 4 John Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 2HA
and other venues.
A day of hands-on workshops engaging with ideas about the landscape and suitable for all abilities.
Admission prices vary.
• click here for full programme information
a collaboration between PhotoStroud, Stroud College, SVA and Walking the Land

This years site09 festival is promising to be a fabulous and eclectic mix of all things creative. Walking the Land are actively engaged in several projects and events.  Find out more by clicking onto our Exhibition & Eventspage

‘thinking about.. food’
An exhibition of 18 artists taking place throughout June and July at The Old Passage in Arlingham. Yum!

‘thinking about…trees’
Taking place in Stoud’s Stratford Park, this project is an open workshop that invites artists and members of the public to respond to the Park’s collection and focuses on a tree that is endangered in it’s native China – The Dawn Redwood. Walking the Land have established creative connections with the University of Shanghai and intend to establish ‘exchanges’ through a live web-link on the day.
June 20th

Walking the Land’s programme of 3 ‘artwalks’ will explore footpaths that follow River Severn at Arlingham. Our artists offer guidance on a creative response to this wonderful, but fragile feature of Gloucestershire’s landscape.
6th, 13th and 27th June.
click here for further details about these events on our exhibitions page

Thinking Landscape
A seminar jointly organised by PhotoStroud, SVA, Stroud College and Walking the Land to be held at SVA’s John Street building. This half day event will explore some of the issues confronting landscape artists today.
23rd June 2-5 pm
4 John Street Stroud
for more details and booking
please call 01453 824 212 or email

Interactive Digital Signs project at the Cotswold Water Park
In 2008 Wakling the Land colaborated with the Cotswold Water Park and Knowledge West in a pilot project to develop and install three intercative digital visitor interpretation signs in the Cotswold Water Park nature reserve. The system was designed to provide visitors with multimedia information about the park via their mobile phones, to innovatively deliver information to as wide a range of people as possible while minimising the invasion of the natural environment.
Knowledge West is a project run by the University of the West of England in collaboration with the Universities of Bath, Gloucestershire, and Bristol, the Royal Agricultural College, Bath Spa University and Business Link.

• click here to read about the project

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Old Passage Art Award presentation
Seen here are the winners of last years Award for the public’s favorite artist participating in ‘river’, an exhibition hosted by Sally & David Pearce of The Old Passage at Arlingham and curated by Walking the Land, during the site08 visual arts festival.
Voting was very close with several artists in the running, but the overall winner was textile artist Jo Newman with her artwork ‘Old Tom’.
The very worthy runner-up prize was awarded to Stroud photographer
Sylvain Guenot for his portrait of the elver fisherman Hartly Everet.
Jesse Spurr of Frampton on Severn won the Voter’s Prize.
(left to right: David Pearce, Sylvain Guenot, Jo Newman and Sally Pearce)

• click here to see the exhibition