Walking Artists Network


WAN @ Sideways

Thanks to our AHRC research networks funding we have been able to support some participation in the Sideways festival in Belgium in August/September 2012.

The backbone of the Sideways festival is a 4 week expedition through Belgium, from West to East, between August 17th and September 17th 2012. During the 5 festival weekends, the mobile laboratory takes a halt at 5 festival locations: Menen (19.8), Herzele (25-26.8), Brussels (1-2.9), Turnhout (8-9.9) and Zutendaal (15-16.9). Here, the different artistic trails are entwined into a knot of activity. These 5 festival locations host the actual festival programme: a series of performances, talks & walks, live art, site-specific interventions and walkshops.

The network has provided funding for volunteer librarians to help carry Misha Myers and Dee Heddon’s walking library, which will accompany the festival for the entire 4 week duration. Read more about their project here: http://www.tragewegen.be/nl/myers-heddon-gb-en

Agnieszka Gratza, Amanda Young, Louise Douse, Lucy Frears and Monique Besten received travel bursaries and will each send a field report from the festival (click on their names to read them).

As part of the final festival weekend in Zutendaal  Mark Hunter and Clare Qualmann will lead an open space workshop ‘walkie-talkie too’ on Friday 14th September. The network has provided funding for participants to join the workshop, and the symposium ‘Moving On’ on Saturday 15th September.

Miriam King, Glen Stoker, Katie Etheridge, Jackie Calderwood, Anna Francis and Christopher Collier received travel bursaries attend. Read their field reports by clicking on their names, and all about it here!

The walkie-talkie too pages have additional documentation from the workshop, along with reports from the festival including Clare Qualmann, on Orquestina de Pigmeos soundwalk, Daniel Belasco Rogers’s GPS map of the weekend and Conan Lawrence on Amelie Daems’s feet.

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