A WALK IN THE PARK

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The Big Draw

is the world’s largest drawing and visual literacy festival and this year its theme ‘Drawn to Life’ celebrates and explores the benefits of being actively creative to make positive change and improve wellbeing.

The festival brings people together to champion the ever increasing evidence, both anecdotal and academic, that a more creative life really can improve your health.

Join me for a companionable and creative group walk through Avenham and Miller Parks as part of both Preston Arts Festival and The Big Draw 2019.

During the walk I will introduce simple ways to tune in to and be inspired by the  landscape: its atmosphere and sensory qualities.  We will draw, write and make, as we trace our movement through the park, working together to experience and experiment, using materials provided.

The walk lasts about 2 hours. Places are limited.

Walk 1

The Big Draw event info is here for Saturday October 5th 2019, 14:00 – 16:00  and book at Eventbrite here: here

Walk 2

The Big Draw event info is here for Sunday October 13th, 10:00 – 12:00 and book at Eventbrite here:

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Image: shadows in Avenham Park

A series of guided walks on a range of topics, organised by the Friends of Winckley Square, will wander and weave through the centre of Preston, during the first three weeks of October 2019 as part of Preston Arts Festival.

More information about all of these walks here

“An active line on a walk, moving freely, without goal. A walk for walk’s sake.” 

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(Image ‘Memory of a walk’ © Fiona Candy, September 2019)

 Quotation by Paul Klee, from his Pedagogical Sketchbook, first published in 1925.

 Recently I’ve been drawing in response to experiences of walking through Preston’s city centre parks. On these walks I made my way intuitively without any plan and sketched out routes and perceptual aspects as I moved along, using pencil line at first. I added to these very rough drawings later and made others from memory. I then combined elements and developed the drawings digitally.

As well as the work of artists such as Paul Klee, music and dance notation were strong influences.

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Above: Sections of walking ‘notation’, from my physical and digital sketchbooks

 

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(Image © Fiona Candy, September 2019).

The results are not conceived as ‘maps’ in any conventional sense: no relationship  to compass points was considered  for instance, or  the relative scale of pathways or other features encountered in the park. Rather, the drawings are expressions  of embodied  memories, of sensing and moving through ephemeral qualities of landscape.


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Google Earth view of Avenham and Miller Parks