The Walking Library for Walking Women Performance Series

Myers, Angela and Heddon, Deirdre 2016, The Walking Library for Walking Women Performance Series, Somerset House; Drill Hall; University of Bristol; CCA: Centre for Contemporary Art; School of Lost Arts; Newcastle North East Library, 16 Jul. 2016 - 27 Nov. 2018, London, UK; Edinburgh, UK; Bristol, UK; Glasgow, UK; Newcastle, UK; Geelong, AUS, Walking Women, Somerset House, UK; Forest Fringe, The Festival of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK; Theatre and Performance Research Association Conference, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK; 'The House that Heals the Soul', CCA: Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, UK; 'Moving Out of Door', School of Lost Arts/Deakin University, Geelong, AUS; North East Library, Newcastle, UK.

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Title The Walking Library for Walking Women Performance Series
Creator(s) Myers, AngelaORCID iD for Myers, Angela orcid.org/0000-0002-4355-6602
Heddon, Deirdre
Conference, exhibition or event name Walking Women (2016: London, UK); Forest Fringe (2016: Edinburgh, UK); Theatre and Performance Research Association Conversation (2016: Bristol, UK); ‘The House that Heals the Soul' (2017: Glasgow, UK); ‘Moving Out of Door’ (2017: Geelong, AUS); Women Artists of the North East Library (2018: Newcastle, UK);
Conference, exhibition or event location Somerset House; Drill Hall; University of Bristol; CCA: Centre for Contemporary Art; School of Lost Arts; Newcastle North East Library
Conference, exhibition or event dates 16 Jul. 2016 - 27 Nov. 2018
Publication date 2016
Description of resource 8 colour digital collage photographs documenting 6 performances and participant responses; 1 pdf file of library catalogue; 4 pdf files of event websites and blog responses; 2 pdf of online archive of radio broadcasts; 1 project blog
Publisher Walking Women, Somerset House, UK; Forest Fringe, The Festival of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK; Theatre and Performance Research Association Conference, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK; 'The House that Heals the Soul', CCA: Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, UK; 'Moving Out of Door', School of Lost Arts/Deakin University, Geelong, AUS; North East Library, Newcastle, UK
Place of publication London, UK; Edinburgh, UK; Bristol, UK; Glasgow, UK; Newcastle, UK; Geelong, AUS
Keyword(s) Women walking artists
Women art practices
Contemporary art practices
Contemporary performance practices
Walking art practices
Gender and performance
Gender, space and place
Performance art
Site-specific performance
Public art
Participatory performance
Socially engaged art
Cross-platform art
Research statement While walking art has been widely acknowledged as a contemporary form of arts practice, walking artworks created by women have mostly gone unacknowledged (Heddon and Turner 2012). ‘The Walking Library for Women Walking’ aimed to redress this neglect through a series of performances and installations that invited audiences to donate, walk with and read aloud together books made by or about women who walk. The project challenges the persistence of masculinist norms of walking and explores how gendered spaces of the street and domains of artistic practice are a political matter, unevenly distributed and occupied. The series of participatory and site-specific performances and installations, each conceived and tailored for the placed and context of its performance, was initially created by Heddon and Myers as a headline event for Walking Women produced by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Walking Artist Network at Somerset House, London, a first of its kind arts programme that placed women at the centre of discussions and debates about walking and art (2016). Subsequent iterations of the project were created for Forest Fringe, Edinburgh and Theatre and Performance Research Association Conference, Bristol, UK in 2016 and for Women Artists of the North East Library, Newcastle, UK, and ‘Moving Out of Doors’, Geelong, Australia in 2017. The collection of 175 donated books gathered through the project was exhibited in ‘The House that Heals the Soul’ exhibition at Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, 2017, attracting 4850 visitors, and became a permanent artwork and collection within the holdings of Glasgow Women’s Library in 2018. The project was reivewed in the Scottish Writer’s Centre blog (20 September 2017), cited in BBC R4 programme The Art of Now: Women Who Walk (8 Oct 2018) featuring the work of prominent examples of women walking artists, and featured in Resonance FM’s Er Outdoors: Women in the Open - Stories of Walking (11 July 2016).
Notes ‘The Walking Library for Women Walking’ is series of participatory performances and installations that invites audiences to donate, walk with and read aloud together books made by or about women who walk to explore how gendered space of the street and domain of art practice is a political matter, unevenly distributed and occupied.
Language eng
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category J1 Major original creative works
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30133212

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