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Creative Walks to Wiltshire's White Horses.

Walking Wiltshires White Horses is an arts project bringing together walking, carnival and social media led by Ali Pretty and Richard White. The project launches with the Creative Walks and culminates in August with an immersive installation at the Museum and a 100 mile walk in 5 days to the Wiltshire White Horses.

At the start of the Westbury walk Ali showed some work she had made specifically for the project, a silk escape map informed by the location and inspired by the maps used by spies and escapees in the past. In August Ali will be presenting an exhibition of new silk flags and banners inspired by the walk. The silks will be hung throughout the Wiltshire Museum as part of an installation to be created by Richard and Ali working with digital contributions from people taking part in this walking project.

So what is a Creative Walk?

These walks are a gathering and collecting stage in the Walking Wiltshires White Horses project. Creative Walks are enjoyable shortwalks discovering the journey around each White Horse. They are circular, between 5-7 miles each, along footpaths,and involve some moderate hills. All those taking part are encouraged to bring cameras, phones, sketchbooks and note pads to record ideas and images and sounds for sharing. Digital cameras and iPads are available to borrow. Walkers can contribute in many ways whether by sharing a thought, playing a tune or capturing a moment.

All the creative contributions are being shared using social media and many of these will be used in the installation in August. Richard White and Creative Wiltshire are working with all the digital contributions to create an audio visual experience in the museum to work alongside the silks Ali is creating. Some of the sounds will be used in a "sound park" designed especially for those taking part in the Long Walk. The "sound park" will be sited at each White Horse and will form the basis of a mobile app for the White Horse Trail to be published in the autumn

Westbury Creative Walk

At the start of the Westbury walk Ali showed some of her new work made specifically for the project, a silk escape map informed by the location and inspired by the maps used by spies and escapees in the past. In August Ali will be presenting an exhibition of new silk flags and banners inspired by the walk.The silks will be hung throughout the Wiltshire Museum as part of an installation to be created by Richard and Ali working with digital contributions from people taking part in this walking project.

On the Westbury walk there were stops to view the initials of soldiers cut into the trees, the top of the track down to the lost village of Imber and moments just to take in a dramatic sky and strong landscape. Time to think and time to just be alive. The sun came out as the walkers descended the deep gulley to the road. After a brief rest at Bratton parish church the team climbed up to Bratton Camp finishing their journey almost being blown away by the wind high above the White Horse. Throughout the walk they gathered photographs, sent texts, recorded sounds and thoughts.

Enjoying ice creams at the finish the team reflected on their journey. Walker Angellica said she had discovered the sea on top of a hill...."it was very much like being at sea...it was really there". " It was like a treasure hunt" said walker Pat. Young walker Tom on the other hand spent some time with Ali wondering about slug mileage, how long it would take a slug to get to the bottom of the hill.....

The Creative Walks continue over the next two weekends in June. In July, Ali will be offering a series of silk painting workshop developing ideas and images from the walks. The Long Walk a 100 mile walk over 5 days around all eight White Horses takes place in August arriving into the Devizes Carnival on Bank Holiday Monday.

Get involved!

Join the next Creative Walk:

* 22 June: 12.00 Cherhill – meet at Smallgrain picnic site, near North Wilts Golf Club 11.45am. Book your free place here
* 23 June: 10.00 Broad Town – meet at the Crown, Broad Hinton 9.45am. Book your free place here
* 23 June: 14.00  Hackpen – meet at Barbury Castle Car Park 1.45pm. Book your free place here
* 29 June: 10.00 Marlborough – meet at Preshute Church / sports ground car park 9.45. Book your free place here
* 29 June: 14.00 Pewsey – Bouverie Hall car park. 1.45pm. Book your free place here
* 30 June: 1200 Alton Barnes – meet at the Barge Inn pub, Honey Street 11.45am. Book your free place here

Do some silk painting with Ali Pretty:

Ali is running run 8 workshops at the Museum, each one inspired by one of the eight white horses. On each day, she will be running 3 sessions - morning, afternoon and evening
* Wed July 10 - Westbury. Book your free place here
* Thurs July 11 - Devizes. Book your free place here
* Fri July 12 - Cherhill. Book your free place here
* Mon July 15 - Broadtown. Book your free place here
* Tues July 16 - Hackpen. Book your free place here
* Wed July 17 - Marlborough. Book your free place here
* Thurs July 18 - Pewsey. Book your free place here
* Fri July 19 - Alton Barnes. Book your free place here

Follow the project on facebook and twitter

For more info about the social media art work contact Creative Wiltshire

For more info about the project contact Wiltshire Museum

 

Walking Wiltshires White Horses is offered by Wiltshire Museumin partnership with Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts and is supported by Wiltshire College, Wiltshire Council and Bath Spa University. The project launches with the Creative Walks and culminates in August with an immersive installation at the Museum and a 100 mile walk in 5 days to the Wiltshire White Horses.