Parallel walking enables you to see your own city with fresh eyes. Participants travel around their chosen location using a 10-stage set of common directions, taking photographs at each stage to record their experiences. You need two or more participants who each have their own camera. By the end of the walk each participant should have a small series of photographs to compare.

  1. The first stage is your starting point.
  2. Walk in in any direction for 50 to 100 paces, and then turn 180 degrees.
  3. Continue walking in that direction until you see something blue.
  4. Make a left turn and walk 50 to 70 paces.
  5. Walk in any direction until you see something that either is or looks like the number 7 or 11.
  6. Take the first left, and continue walking until you find somewhere to sit.
  7. Choose any direction and walk for 25 to 50 paces.
  8. Continue walking until you see an unusual colour, shape or texture. Turn 180 degrees.
  9. Keep walking in any direction until you see an archway or an unusual architectural feature.
  10. Head for home, but continue looking for something that catches you eye.

(Inspired by The lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel)


walk onWALK ON: From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff – 40 years of Art Walking

"This is the first exhibition to examine the astonishingly varied ways in which artists since the late 1960s have used what would seem like a universal act – of taking a walk – as a means to create new types of art. ‘Walk On’ brings together both a major gallery exhibition includes photography, film, and installation works, bringing together a diverse group of artists inspired by their travels on foot."

Touring Venues:

NGCA Sunderland: 1 June – 5 August 2013

Atkinson Art Gallery: January – April 2014

Plymouth City Art Gallery: 19 September – 12 December 2014