Roam: A Weekend of Walking

Roam involved six projects which used walking as a method to explore Loughborough afresh.

Claire Blundell Jones (6)
People milling about in a room. There is a laptop open on a table, which shows a map overmaked with pink, blue and orange tracks showing where people have walked.
Tim Brennan (8)
Duncan Speakman (11)

Sauntering, shuffling, ambling, rambling. Wandering, striding, strolling, hiking, dawdling, pacing, strutting, stalking. We have so many words to express moving around on two feet. Each suggests a different sense of occasion, of place, of a moment and point in time, of leisure or labour, and of being in or out of control. Whether it be to exercise the mind, the body or our human rights, walking, in all its many forms, has engaged artists, philosophers, campaigners, explorers and travellers alike for thousands of years. While the location may be rural, urban, or even fictional, walking continues to satisfy our urge to navigate, investigate, visit and explore other places, as well as coming to know more about ourselves.

Drawing on the sensory ethnography of Sarah Pink, then Professor of Social Sciences at Loughborough, and in collaboration with the curator Anna Douglas, 2008's Roam saw the commissioning of six artists who used walking to explore the town afresh.


Claire Blundell Jones

Tumbleweed Loughborough Read more

Tim Brennan

Luddite Manoeuvre Read more

Lottie Child

Loughborough Street Training Read more

Mark Gwynne Jones

Off the Beaten Track Read more

Duncan Speakman

Sound From the Ground Read more

Tamara Ashley & Simone Kenyon

The Pennine Way: The Legs that Made Us Read more

Active Ingredient

Heartlands Read more

Project Partners

Professor Sarah Pink

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Anna Douglas

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