Walking the Land | Events 2021


We’d like to invite you to join us for our next First Friday Walk
We’ll be offering synchronised walks using our new-normal formula of ‘walking alone, while together’, so you can walk with us anywhere you happen to be: urban, rural, or remote.  On previous walks we’ve been joined by participants from Greece, Scandinavia, Germany, Scotland, Wales, Dubai, Australia, Canada, America, and even England.
Our walks usually begin with a short meeting on Zoom at 12:00 (UK time), where we discuss the process, grab lunch and then set off.
The next walk will take place on Friday 7th May 2021
Invitations will soon be sent out to our contacts and friends on social media.
You can have your name added to our lists by using our contact page here or by contacting us on social media:
Facebook: @artistswalking

Planning is underway

December’s First Friday Walk

Once again, we had hoped that by now we’d be able to resume our once usual practice of sharing a walk in your company.

But it looks like we may need to continue with our new-normal formula of ‘walking alone, while together’.

Winter tree conversations: online mince pies, toast and videoing. 

With shops and garden centres filling up with Christmas trees and government funding earmarked for planting billions of  trees as a part of plans for combating the climate crisis, we would like invite you to walk and respond to winter trees that you encounter. We hope to make a video and/or Spark Site that assembles all of our work from our individual walks.

Here is the plan:

12.00 GMT Zoom meeting to share lunch and drink a toast to winter trees, and to briefly discuss ideas for your walk. We’d like to record this and incorporate parts of it into a video. 

1.15 GMT  Set off on a walk that you choose. During the walk find one or more trees that you want to ‘spend time with’. We’d like you to respond to these trees in any way that you choose but we would like to be able to receive work from you that we can incorporate into the video or Spark Site.

Post walk. We would like photographs, two minute videos or drawings AND some writing or recorded sound track that is about the trees that you choose. Please send us work produced by the 13th December and we will endeavour to assemble a video and/or Spark Site. More information to be given out at the zoom meeting. 

Let us know by return if you want to be sent a link to the meeting and to walk with us. If you just want to walk and produce work to send us, please also let us know by return…

Best Wishes

Kel, Tom & Richard



Just in case you missed it, our September Walk is below:
‘Convergence & Conversations. Walking Together While Apart’

As with last month, we hope this finds you all well and at least getting out to walk, even if it’s on your own.

Sadly it’s still too soon for us to meet and walk together, but again for this walk we can walk towards each other and be aware of the walk that we’re sharing. 

We invite you to join us on a synchronised walk as if you were walking towards Rodborough Common, Stroud (OS reference 040.848 or from wherever you happen to be (it may take you to places you were unaware of!) and consider how your walk looks, how it sounds, how it feels on your body, what ideas it brings up. 

Imagine us converging and recording in words/sounds/images what you would like to share if we were to meet. 

Please contact us through our contact us with your ‘expression of interest’ so we can share details of your walk with others

Before Friday we will circulate a list of participants

12.00 onwards: email us with details of where you are walking from and to


Head as if walking towards Rodborough Common from where ever you happen to be.  Walk as far as you feel appropriate but set your own prompts, restrictions or parameters.

After the walk please forward your material or links to the rest of the participants and perhaps we’ll develop a conversation…

We would really like you to contribute by emailing us your work within 2 weeks (Friday 18th September)

We propose synchronising the walk so that at least we’re sharing that common activity, even if we aren’t able to congregate.

As is our usual way, we’ll collectively start from wherever we happen to be, at 13:15 and finishing at whatever time is suitable for you. Before the walk, we’ll circulate an email list and ask you to let us know on the morning of the walk where you are planning to walk and which landscape feature you are aiming for. 

If you intend to join us, please contact us via our contact page with the following in the subject line: ‘YES, Walking the Land First Friday Walk | September’ in the subject line above 

We’re looking forward to walking with you again

Richard, Kel and Tom

Thanks for joining us virtually when we’ll share the experience and each other’s company separately

Previous events

Ghost Mills
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Walking the Land projects integrate art, landscape and community through direct involvement with ‘place’.

In ‘Ghost Mills‘ the Collective’s artists engage with ‘the search for lost time’, examining the links between the mills, textiles, agriculture, geography, power and wealth in Stroud’s valleys.
The exhibition features the work of 19 artists who have been inspired by some of the many mills that have over the years disappeared, are derelict or have changed use. They have examined traces, remnants and ghosts of the past, while imagining those ghosts that may occupy the future.
Aside from the mill’s physical aspects, the buildings or the space they once occupied, artists have viewed the influence that mills had on communities; their products ranging from textiles, to walking sticks and umbrellas, corn and pins; their effect on landscape, the environment and the economy; their place in history. All the while there is recognition that behind the surface of the present picturesque Cotswold landscape there is another haunted by the ghosts of poverty, wealth, trade, slavery, war and Empire. 
Walking the Land artists include radical historians, walking artists, printmakers, painters, map and book makers, textile artists and photographers. 
Several have worked collaboratively on projects, while others work as individuals.
Exhibitors include:
Christina Bingle 
Stuart Butler & Deb Roberts 
Debbie Cox
Nettie Edwards
Annelies Egli 
Andy Freedman, Dr Richard Keating & Allan Mossman 
Zoe Heath & Susan Kester
Lucy and Sylvain Guenot
Ruth Illingworth
Sabine Kussmaul
Rachel McDonnell
Caroline Morris
Alice Sheppard Fidler
Kel Portman


Ghost Mills events

‘Ghost Mills Walks’

Sunday afternoon, 8th September.

A three and a half hour art walk and exploration led by artists Rachel McDonnell and Dr Richard Keating.

An immersive walk asking how the mills of the Stroud Valleys affect our identity and culture today and how this cultural identity might help provide consensus on making choices about the area’s carbon neutral future. We will walk with a number of questions and respond by stopping to take take photographs, draw and write haikus which we would hope to share on the Walking the Land website.

Please bring art materials of your choice.
The 5K walk is relatively flat and takes in the canal, footpaths, pavements and open spaces. There are stiles and steps.
Dress appropriately for the weather and bring drinks. 

Meet outside Stroud’s Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stratford Rd, Stroud GL5 4AF
at 14.00 hours. 
We will return to the museum by 17.30.

There will be a small charge on the day of £5.00 to cover costs.
Numbers will be limited to ten, so booking is essential. To book your place please text Richard on 0796 953 3813
part of Walking the Land’s #GhostMills exhibition, taking place at SVA’s John Street gallery from 6th-14th September as a part of Stroud’s #woolandwater Festival

Stuart Butler‘s The Stroudwater footsteps of John Thelwall, the ‘Jacobin Fox’
Friday 13th September. 09.45 – approx 13:00

A leisurely walk along the towpath follows past old mills to Bowbridge and thence Stroud.
Allow THREE hours.

In the summer of 1797, that ‘Jacobin fox’, ‘the most dangerous man in Britain’, John Thelwall, left London, fed up with William Pitt’s prying spies, and walked to Nether Stowey. He stayed with Coleridge and Wordsworth for ten days, in that hectic summer that would lead to the Lyrical Ballads, before walking to Stroudwater.

Here he stayed with sympathetic clothiers and dyers, visiting Chalford, Uley, Nailsworth and Bowbridge, writing poems on the hoof.
We recreate his stay in that annus mirabilis of 1797, with a performative walk from Chalford to Bowbridge.
There is an early bus to Chalford FROM STROUD at 9.30
Meet at the bus shelter in Chalford at 9.45

As there are limited numbers, booking is essential:

part of Walking the Land’s #GhostMills exhibition, taking place at SVA’s John Street gallery from 6th-14th September as a part of Stroud’s #woolandwater Festival

Incendiary Walk – Viewing the new ‘Temple of Fire’
Part of the exhibition ‘Incendiary’ curated by Patricia Brien

Date: Sunday 10th February
Meeting place: TBA
Meeting time: 11:00
Return: 15:00
Distance: 6 – 7 km
Terrain: Off road with some hills
Packed lunch and drinks
Art materials, notebooks, cameras/camera phones/video cameras etc
Wear: strong walking boots, clothing appropriate for the weather

Walking the Land artists and invited guest Sabine Kussmaul invite you to walk, view and creatively respond to the new £600+ million incinerator currently being built by your County Council and it’s partner Ubraser at Haresfield.

The impact on the local environment from an aesthetic point of view is considerable – it monopolises the environment in which it sits.
The impact of the facility from an environmental point of view is even more considerable – with the distinct possibility that hazardous particulate matter will be borne through the air across the local area.

This new ’Temple of Fire’ has a chimney taller than the spire of Gloucester Cathedral; it’s slab sided and garishly coloured main building emerging against the woodland and fields of the Cotswold escarpment and dominating the Severn Vale.
Our walk will skirt the countryside around the building, looking at how architecture’s form and function is at odds with the environment. During the walk, you’ll be invited to stop and draw, write, film, photograph or just to engage and observe.
The 6 – 7 km walk will be led by artists Lucy Guenot, Rachel McDonnell and Kel Portman
Numbers are limited and so booking is essential.
The walk is free, but we invite participants to donate to a wildlife charity of their choice.

For details of booking please please contact via our contacts page or alternatively leave a message on our Walking the Land facebook page: @artistswalking
Once you’ve booked, we’ll send you details of our meeting place and directions