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Walk On: From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff – 40 Years of Art Walking

Francis Alys, Guards, 2005  Courtesy of The Artangel Collection  © The Artist

20 September to 13 December 2014

Curated by Cynthia Morrison-Bell and Alistair Robinson with the collaboration of Mike Collier and Janet Ross

This exhibition is being brought to Plymouth thanks to a partnership between Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University; Plymouth Arts Centre; Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art

Marina Abramovic, Francis Alÿs, Tim Brennan, Atul Bhalla, Janet Cardiff, Sophie Calle, Rachel Clewlow, Mike Collier, Sarah Cullen, Chris Drury, Hamish Fulton, Alec Finlay, Dan Holdsworth, James Hugonin, Tim Knowles, Richard Long, Melanie Manchot, Bruce Nauman, Julian Opie, Simon Pope, Plan B, Brendan Stuart Burns,Tim Robinson, Brian Thompson, Rachel Reupke, Richard Wentworth, Jeremy Wood, Wrights & Sites, walkwalkwalk, Carey Young

This autumn Plymouth will stage the first touring exhibition to examine the ways artists since the 1960s have undertaken the universal act of walking as a means to create new art.

‘Walk On: From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff – 40 Years of Art Walking’ gives an insight into the recent art practice of nearly 40 artists. Several are internationally acclaimed. Others are bright new talents. All have made new work simply by taking a journey on foot.

A number of the featured artists have crossed countries and continents, making epic journeys along historic sites, or leaving traces of their movements on the land. Others have explored the possibilities of walking and how the way we walk shows the world who we are. For some, the walk itself is the artwork. Anything else is simply evidence or documentation captured in the photographs, objects or texts from their journeys.

Regardless of landscape or location, during the last four decades these ‘explorers’ have made their mark. ‘Walk On’ shows that from land art to conceptual art and from street photography to film, much of the important art of our time has been created through an act of walking.

This major exhibition is displayed across four city centre sites, accompanied by a dedicated education and event programme. Admission to all sites is free.

What: Walk On: From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff – 40 Years of Art Walking

Where: Plymouth College of Art; Plymouth Arts Centre; Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University; Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery

When: 20 September to 13 December 2014

  • Alumni Event / Exhibition / Gallery
  • The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art
  • FREE