Walking’s New Movements
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‘Walking’s New Movements’ is an opportunity for walking activists, radical walkers, walking artists, and psychogeographers to discuss what is happening in walking now and where new initiatives, changes of direction and novel terrains are emerging. There is an emphasis on immersive and engaged research.

This will be the first significant opportunity for walking artists, researchers, psychogeographers and activists to gather together for a stand-alone conference since ‘On Walking’ in Sunderland in 2013 and ‘Where To?’ at Falmouth University in 2015. 

The conference offers contributions in a variety of forms: 20 minute papers, 10 minute provocations (‘diverting walking’ sessions), performance and participatory walks on routes close to the conference, and some short walking-related music and performances for the Saturday night social at the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club on Plymouth Hoe.

In all, almost 100 events will take place over the three days, and contributors and participators range from early career researchers to long-standing walking artists and researchers like Amy Sharrocks (‘Falling’), Cathy Turner from Wrights & Sites, Louise Ann Wilson (creator of ‘Fissure’), Hamish Fulton (“no walk no work”), Monali Meher (‘Ritual Traces’), deep mapper Iain Biggs, Morag Rose from Manchester’s Loiterers’ Resistance Movement, Yael Sherill & Lianne Mol from Berlin’s b-tour and Sarah Harper, director of Friches Théâtre Urbain and walker of the Parisian edgelands. Other participants are travelling from India, Canada, Ireland, Brazil, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands and Australia. 

Marilia Ennes will be creating her bride’s walk and New York choreographer Jody Oberfelder is bringing her interactive performance ‘Object Place’. There will be a downloadable audio walk created by Plymouth researcher Amble Skuse that maps and documents the process of a disabled body interfacing with a city via a series of body sensors; while greenandowens will lead a collective walk addressing desire for better labour conditions, friendship and collective care.


Registration is now open via the above link.

Registration fees

  • Academic staff: £45
  • Independent artists/researchers/students: £25


  • Helen Billinghurst (Plymouth College of Art)
  • Claire Hind (York St John University) 
  • Phil Smith (University of Plymouth) 


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Biography: Dr Clare Hind

Claire is an Associate Professor in the School of Performance and Media Production at York St John University. Her research investigates the relationship between writing, play and performance. She has an international creative research practice with artist Gary Winters, and for the conference they will be leading delegates on a journey to dreams and reverie in ‘Dream Yards’. Claire has developed the ‘wander score’ with Clare Qualmann and they are co-editors of Ways to Wander and Ways to Wander the Gallery.

Biography: Dr Phil Smith

Phil is an Associate Professor (Reader) in the School of Humanities and Performing Arts at the University of Plymouth and an internationally recognised expert in walking and walking arts research and site-specific performance. His recently published Guidebook for an Armchair Pilgrimage is a collaboration with wildlife dj Tony Whitehead and US photographer John Schott.

Biography: Dr Helen Billinghurst

Helen is a Lecturer at Plymouth College of Art. Her appointment there follows the recent successful completion of her doctoral studies at University of Plymouth. She presently has two new books in development with Triarchy Press; the first is Walking Diagrams, which is based on her PhD. The second, jointly with Dr Phil Smith, is The Pattern, based on their ‘Plymouth Labyrinth’ project and subsequent walking research, both of which were funded by University of Plymouth (the former also supported by Arts Council England and Take A Part).

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