WALKING WOMEN: A New Study Room Guide and Launch Event

“The invisibility of women in what appears as a canon of walking is conspicuous;  where they are included, it is often as an ‘exception’ to an unstated norm, represented by a single chapter in a book or even a footnote.”
Heddon and Turner (2012)

In the summer of 2016 artists Amy Sharrocks and Clare Qualmann curated WALKING WOMEN events at Somerset House, London and Drill Hall, Edinburgh.

The events were the largest gatherings of women walking artists ever convened in Britain, and brought together artists from across disciplines to discuss, present, create, record, broadcast and make public the work of WALKING WOMEN. The events gave space to the huge endeavour of these artists; they looked at what we walk in and on and beside whom; they offered new mappings, new skills, new networks, and new knowledge.

LADA curated a small bibliotheque for the Somerset House programme and commissioned Amy and Clare to create a Study Room Guide on WALKING WOMEN.

Their guide takes us through a broad selection of walking artists we may be familiar with and many we may not have heard of. It provides links to all their work, details of relevant titles held in Dee Heddon’s legendary Walking Library, and listings of titles from LADA’s WALKING WOMEN bibliotheque.

Please join us for the launch of the Guide and meet people who took part in the events, hear them talk about their work, celebrate, suggest new ideas and join in a different future.

This is a next step to changing the canon of walking art. 

If you can manage two nights in a row, please also consider booking onto Step by Step (5), an interdisciplinary seminar with a focus on walking.

Banner image credit:


Latest events

Final Transmission: Performance Art and AIDS in Los Angeles

01 May 2021

An online book launch and discussion marking the publication of the 6th issue of NS*, “Final Transmission: Performance Art and AIDS in Los Angeles”.

Read more

You Have A Date: Book Launch of A Good Love Story

14 Feb 2021

An online Valentine’s Day launch of A Good Love Story by Sibylle Peters

Read more

LADA Screens: Alisa Oleva – Online Screening

01 Feb 2021 - 31 Mar 2021

LADA is delighted to present the online screening of Walking Home, Alisa Oleva’s first film, created in the context of Performistanbul’s residency programme for performance artists on theme of ‘home’.

Read more

In Other Words – Book Club

09 Dec 2020

A special online book club discussing the recently released publication In Other Words, exploring marginalisation in the UK.  

Read more

LADA Screens: Rosalind Fowler and Fourthland – Online Screening

01 Dec 2020 - 29 Jan 2021

A screening of BREADROCK, I feel like doing this a film by artist collective Fourthland (Isik Sayarer and Eva Knutsdotter) and artist and filmmaker Rosalind Fowler, originally created alongside a sculptural installation for PEER.

Read more

Mishandled Archive: Book Launch and Celebration

11 Nov 2020

An online event to celebrate the launch of artist and writer Tara Fatehi Irani’s new book Mishandled Archive, published by LADA. Be ready for some dressing up and shaking shoulders. 

Read more

PerformingBorders2020 ‘There is no Time’

25 Oct 2020

led by Joon Lynn Goh An open conversation with performingbordersLIVE20 artists and writers in residence (Àníké Bello, Jade Foster, Istanbul Queer Art Collective, Jade Montserrat and The White Pube). Not fully emergent from the global pandemic, what have we as individuals, and the respective communities that we are part of, learnt about time?  Sunday 25 October, 2.30pm-4pm

Read more

PerformingBorders2020 ‘Lavender Man’ Screening

24 Oct 2020

PerformingBorders2020 ‘Lavender Man’ screening by Tania El Khoury in collaboration with Mohamad Ali “Dali” Agrebi

Read more