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100 miles, 8 white horses, 4000 years

Walking Wiltshire’s White Horses - Create Your Own Escape!                                        

3 months of creative and outdoors activity in and around 100 miles of stunning Wiltshire landscape, a heady mix of carnival, walking and social media.

‘The process of discovering and then walking The White Horse trail last year, was literally the beginning of my escape to Freedom, I’m inspired to make a new form of work from the experience’ Ali Pretty

The programme launches at The Wiltshire Museum on 31 May, followed by 8 creative walks, where participants document their journeys gathering sounds and images along the way. Creative Wiltshire’s Richard White and artist Ali Pretty and will be in residence in July and August at The Wiltshire Museum creating an immersive installation, Freedom on My Doorstep, inspired by the walks, opening on 15 August. Create Your Own Escape culminates in a public 100 mile walk around The White Horse Trail generating an online story and live link back to the installation.  Silk ‘escape maps’ created with the community will be presented on the walk and on 31 August at The Devizes Carnival

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The June Walks

 Participants are invited to join the artists on short walks to each horse, to use social media to create and share ideas inspired by each specific landscape.

Richard White: “Most weekends in June we will be walking, gathering content and exploring the spaces. In July there is an installation to create for the museum. We will be doing the 100 mile walk to the white horses in Wiltshire finishing up arriving into the Devizes carnival. In the end, in August there will be an installation in the museum, the walk and  a virtual layer uniting the two and holding the potential for a legacy  app and more.”

“We’re hoping that lots of people will take part online, at home, in town and of course out walking. The invitation is open to all and there are loads of opportunities  to get involved from silk painting workshops to contributing images, text and sound, using social media to amplify, echo and abstract…. as well as walking and talking!”

100 miles, 8 white horses, 4000 years in 5 days

Participants are invited to join Ali and Richard on this five-day 100 mile walk. You can join for the entire walk, or sign up for a day.

“From the arts of walking and talking, contemplation and celebration, to sound art and digital photography; along the way, together we will be making art. We aim to capture some moments of the walking experience and use social media to share it.”

Escape Maps

Ali Pretty, director and designer for Kinetika is renowned for her large-scale work on hand-painted silk. Inspired by the concept of silk escape maps used by spies in WW 2, Ali will work with local participants to create their own interpretations on large silk flags that will be processed across the White Horse Trail 22-26 August culminating in being a part of The Devizes Carnival on 31 August

 Freedom On My Doorstep 

The installation to be created for the Museum in August is inspired by the journey that began on the Imber Range and ended along the Wansdyke Way, it takes an audience through an installation of silk hangings animated by images and sounds from the walk last year and the June Walks 2013

 In 2012 The Ageas International Salisbury Festival commissioned Ali for a 7 day walk around the White Horse Trail. At the same time Richard and the Creative Wiltshire team were working on a commission for Wiltshire Council, The Ridgeway Project. Richard was co-creating a mobile app and an installation for the new County Hall in Trowbridge based on the work of Fay Godwin. Richard and Ali’s paths literally crossed, they shared ideas and approaches, Richard joined the walk.

Schedule of Activities

Launch: An ‘Inspiration Day’ at the Museum on 31 May - Find out more about the project

  • Morning family drop in activities - drop in between 10.30am and 12.30pm
  • Afternoon walk to the Devizes White Horse – 2.00pm – 4.00pm;
  • Evening launch – 6.00pm – 8.00pm

 The June Walks: booking required

  •             15 June: 12-3pm Westbury – meet at Bretton Down car park 11.45 am
  •             16 June: 12-3pm Devizes – meet at Wiltshire Museum 12pm
  •             22 June: 12-3pm Cherhill – meet at Golf club 11.45am
  •             23 June: 10-1pm Broad Town – meet at The Crown, Broad Hinton 9.45am
  •             23 June: 2-5pm Hackpen – meet at Barbury Castle Car Park 1.45pm
  •             29 June: 10-1pm Marlborough – meet at school sports ground 9.45
  •             29 June: 2-5pm Pewsey – library car park 1.45
  •             30 June: 12-3 Alton Barnes – meet at the Barge Inn pub, Honey Street 9.45am

Silk Painting workshops at The Museum

8 x 1 day workshops, each one inspired by one of the eight white horses: booking required

  • Weds July 10 Westbury
  • Thurs July 11 Devizes
  • Fri July 12 Cherhill
  • Mon July 15 Broadtown
  • Tues July 16 Hackpen
  • Weds July17 Marlborough
  • Thurs July 18 Pewsey
  • Fri July 19 Alton Barnes

Freedom On My Doorstep - An Installation created by Ali Pretty and Richard White

Opening 15 August 6pm

On show 16 Aug -31 August Museum Opening times

 Eight White Horses - 100 Miles

5 day walk 22-26 August

Register your interest here at Wiltshire Museum

Background:

Wiltshire Museum has received £25,727 from the Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts scheme to run an exciting new project ‘Walking Wiltshire’s White Horses’ during the summer.  The Museum will work with artists Ali Pretty and Richard White, Get Wiltshire Walking and Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts (DOCA) to run the project. The project is supported by Bath Spa University and Wiltshire College

Ali Pretty is a British textile artist and carnival designer, best known as the founding member and artistic director of Kinetika, an international outdoor arts company she setup in 1997, after a long established career in carnival arts and a growing commitment to community engagement work. 
Over the last 15 years, Ali has collaborated with, and led teams of artists to deliver large-scale events to diverse audiences all over the world. From WOMAD (1985 - 1991), to FIFA World Cup (2009) and more recently, the London 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, her work in Kinetika is renowned for its quality, both in its individual style as well as its ability to engage and leave lasting legacies in communities and individuals alike. Her work has had such an impact in its field, that the V & A Museum began creating an archive of the artist in 2012, to be launched online in 2013. 


Alongside her work as artistic director of the Kinetika, Ali is also an artist in her own right, creating new work inspired by a passion for walking in landscapes. In 2012 she led a 7 day, 100 mile public walk for The Salisbury International Festival and is a regular leader with the London LDWA (Long Distance Walking Association). Exploring a combination of creative walking, conceptual textile design and writing, Ali's first major project and exhibition 'Walking Wiltshire's White Horses' takes place at the Wiltshire Museum in August 2013, alongside British, digital artist, Richard White.

Richard White is a creative producer with a long standing practice in participatory arts and media production; he is particularly interested in exploring enhanced connectivity to develop creative collaboration.  In addition to leading Creative Wiltshire within Wiltshire College, he is developing his freelance digital arts practice and teaching at Bath Spa University, contributing to the Creative Media Practice programme. His background is in community and participatory media arts stretching back to the early days of analogue video. Recent highlights include: a digital storytelling project, Devizes Stories; installation work with artist Lorna Brunstein, producing and curating a location based app and installation about the Ridgeway based on the work of photographer Fay Godwin; curating an installation for the 30th anniversary WOMAD festival

Walking Wiltshire’s White Horses will complement the Ridgeway Project produced by Richard in 2012- http://ridgeway.creativewiltshire.co.uk/

DOCA

David is the Artistic Director of Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts - a thriving outdoor arts organization, Dave Buxton and Outdoor Arts Manager, Jo Beal, are supported by an active voluntary committee. The organization is supported by the town’s voluntary and business communities, Devizes Town Council, the Devizes Community Area Board and Wiltshire Council and hundreds of active volunteers. 
The organization has delivered a range of high profile annual events for the people of Devizes and North Wiltshire over 12 years. The annual programme of events consists of a two-week Festival in August, including a two-day international Street Festival, a carnival involving hundreds of people in costume making and dance workshops, and a Christmas Festival and Lantern Parade which engages up to 1000 people in lantern making.

White horses meet at Devizes 2012

testing the Wiltshire Ridgeway Walk app in West Kennet Longbarrow 

demonstrating the app at County Hall 2012