Walking Publics/Walking Arts is led by Professor Dee Heddon at the University of Glasgow in collaboration with Professor Maggie O’Neill (University College Cork), Dr. Morag Rose (University of Liverpool), Clare Qualmann (University of East London) and Dr. Harry Wilson (University of Glasgow)
Carole Wright is a project manager, community gardener, beekeeper, and proud South Londoner with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design who hails from Brixton. Now living in Southwark, Carole dedicates herself to improving the community she lives within. She said, “My family instilled in me the motto ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. I’ve carried that ethos throughout my whole adult life.”
Arts Canteen is an arts organisation that empowers artists from the Middle East and North Africa to tell their own stories, change perceptions and tackle the big issues in the world. Since 2010, we have been bringing the best artists and professionals to the UK, enabling those from the Majority world to take centre stage, and facilitating dialogue between them and audiences in London, and the UK more generally. We aim to generate opportunities for Arab artists through professional development and community programmes, live performances and digital media.
Glasgow Life is a charity that delivers cultural, sporting and learning activities on behalf of Glasgow City Council. In doing so it aims to make a positive impact on individuals, the communities in which they live and the city as a whole.
We are Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.
We want to create a nation where walking is the natural choice for everyday, local journeys; free from congested roads and pollution, reducing the risk of preventable illnesses and social isolation. We want to achieve a better walking environment and to inspire people of all generations to enjoy the benefits the simple act of walking brings.
MOLA is an experienced and innovative archaeological and built heritage practice, international research organisation, and charity. With more than 300 staff in London, Northampton, Basingstoke and satellite sites, MOLA has been providing independent, professional heritage advice and services for over 40 years.
As a charitable company MOLA aims to create and share new knowledge to the benefit of society, and empower people to contribute to this process, through its award-winning research and engagement programmes. It is the only archaeological organisation in the UK to be recognised by Research Councils UK with Independent Research Organisation status, reflecting the value it places on academic research being undertaken by its team of in-house experts, often in collaboration with universities, communities and heritage institutions.
Paths for All‘s vision is for a happier, healthier Scotland where physical activity improves quality of life and wellbeing for all.
Our aim is to significantly increase the number of people walking in Scotland, whether that’s leisure walking, choosing to walk to work, school, or the shops. Paths for All works to create opportunities and better environments to make Scotland a more active, more prosperous, greener, and healthier country.
We believe that everyday walking is the key to tackling physical inactivity in Scotland. Because walking is the only completely free, easily accessible activity that most people can do, regardless of their age. All of our work, including supporting multi-use path development, promotion of active travel, and our Health Walks, aim to increase walking levels amongst those who would benefit most.
Ramblers Scotland is recognised by sportscotland as a governing body of sport that works to protect and expand the places that people love to walk, while also promoting walking for health and pleasure.
We are a membership organisation and a charity with a grassroots network of 54 local groups, running 3,500 group walks a year which are all led and organised by 1,200 volunteers.
Our Associate Partners
Open Clasp make truthful, risk taking and award-winning theatre informed by the lived experiences of working class women, women disenfranchised in theatre and society, women who experience racism and discrimination and women affected by the criminal justice system.
No company works the way we do; collaborating with marginalised women to draw out their collective voices, voices that through a devising process become powerful professional theatre productions, performed to audiences ranging from their own communities to the country’s highest decision-makers, performances that get people talking and that contribute to social change.
Sheffield Environmental Movement (SEM) was set up in 2016 to facilitate and promote the reconnection of people from Black & Ethnic Minority Community groups to the natural environment for health and wellbeing. It does this by providing information and education as well as delivering practical outdoor environmental activities to these groups.
Professor Dee Heddon holds the James Arnott Chair in Drama at the University of Glasgow and is the author of many outputs exploring creative walking, ranging from essays to creative research. Her ongoing project, The Walking Library, a collaboration with Dr Misha Myers (Deakin University), explores the relationships of books, walking and environments, and has been commissioned by The Bothy Project, Glasgow Life, and The National Forest Company. Dee is also co-editor of a new series, Performing Landscapes (Palgrave Macmillan), for which she is currently writing a monograph on forests and performances.
Professor Maggie O’Neill is Head of Department of Sociology & Criminology at University College Cork. Maggie is an inter-disciplinary scholar interested in critical, cultural and feminist theory; the development of creative, participatory and arts based biographical methodologies; and praxis, making policy relevant interventions especially in relation to sex work and sexual exploitation; migration, forced migration. Inspired by walking artists, Maggie introduced walking into her practice in 2007. She is a member of the walking artists network you can see an example of her work here: https://www.walkingborders.com Maggie is delighted to be working on Walking Publics/Walking Arts to connect social research on our walking experiences and practices in the COVID-19 pandemic with making, well-being and community.
Morag Rose is a walking artist, activist and academic based in Manchester, UK and a part time Lecturer in Human Geography at The University of Liverpool. In 2006 she founded psychogeographical collective The LRM (The Loiterers Resistance Movement) whose manifesto says “Our city is wonderful and made for more than shopping. The streets belong to everyone and we want to reclaim them for play and revolutionary fun”. Morag facilitates free, public communal wanders on the First Sunday of every month. During the COVID-19 pandemic The LRM have experimented with a range of digital methods to walk together, alone. Morag’s research interests focus on public space, access and equality in urban environments, intersectional feminism, radical histories and walking as an artistic, political and cultural practice. She has exhibited, published and performed widely and welcomes questions if anyone is interested in learning more or joining her for a wander.
Clare Qualmann is an artist/researcher whose work focuses on participatory, site specific, and experimental modes of contemporary creative practice. She was a founding member of the Walking Artists Network, and worked on an AHRC funded project (2012-2015) to extend its interdisciplinary connections with others using walking as a creative critical practice internationally. Ongoing projects include Perambulator a walking project with prams, and East End Jam, a walking, foraging, and preserving project that celebrates the unexpected fruitfulness of the urban environment. With Dr. Claire Hind she has co-edited two volumes of ‘wander scores’ Ways to Wander, and Ways to Wander the Gallery both published by Triarchy Press. Her teaching, research and art practice explore the interconnections between art, activism and the radical potentials of participation.
Harry Wilson is an artist-academic based in Dundee. Harry completed a practice-research PhD in 2018, supervised across University of Glasgow and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. Harry’s research focusses on interdisciplinary explorations of live art and performance, photography, documentation, digital art and new media through critical theory and practice-based artistic research. In 2018-19 Harry was Digital Thinker in Residence at the National Theatre of Scotland, an AHRC Innovation Placement that explored the use of emerging technologies in theatre practice. Recently Harry has been exploring intersections between immersive technologies and intimate performance and examining the increasing use of digital and internet technologies in performance work during COVID-19.
Eleanor Capaldi is a writer/researcher interested in digital heritage and LGBTQ+ equalities. Previously, she held the post of LGBTQ+ Project Assistant at The Hunterian, co-curating exhibition Edwin Morgan: An Eardley on My Wall. Currently, Eleanor is a PhD student researching digitised artworks, in a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership between University of Edinburgh and the National Galleries of Scotland. Eleanor has been exploring how participatory methods, such as visitor photography and remixing of artwork images, can impact the experience of interacting with art online.
Matthew Law is a student/researcher interested in data, mapping, and walking. He is currently completing an MSc in Geographic Data Science at the University of Liverpool, following a BA in Geography at the University of Nottingham, and is looking forward to combining his quantitative research skills with the information collected in the two surveys to get a better understanding of how people walked during the pandemic.
Mati Marek is a History and Sociology graduate with a passion for understanding the social implications of the digital and the sociology of everyday life. In 2017, he helped re-establish the Glasgow University Sociology Society and has been an active member since. Mati wrote his undergraduate dissertation about disinformation campaigns on social media and how the algorithmic nature of certain platforms enables unmoderated dissemination of false information.