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Walking Festival of Sound present

Instructions for Walking Women : Walking Festival of Sound

Sat 12 October 2019 // 11:00 / Meeting

Tickets: Free but booking essential

Instructions for Walking Women (workshop: women only*) / Tess Denman Cleaver 

Instructions for Walking Women is a growing archive of instructions for walking initiated by artist Tess Denman-Cleaver and written by and for women. It is continuously developed through workshops and interventions in a variety of settings. The first Instructions for Walking Women workshop was held as part of a Sisters Uncut takeover of NewBridge Gallery during Hidden Civil War (2016). Instruction cards created during workshops reveal the way that women experience and navigate public space, and invite consideration of who is allowed to walk where, and how. This workshop, developed for WFOS#2 (Newcastle), will invite women to engage with the existing archive of instructions and to share their own experiences of walking - in the everyday and within the context of walking art and sound-walking practices.

Through a facilitated but informal conversation participants will (anonymously) contribute new instructions to the Instructions for Walking Women archive and experiment with ways of activating the archive as a whole. The archive of instructions will be shared with the wider festival audience at programme events following the workshop, and online after the festival weekend.

*This workshop is open to all women (trans, intersex and cis) and all nonbinary, agender and gender variant people, according to a gender inclusion policy of self-definition. If you have any questions about the inclusion policy of this workshop please consult the Sisters Uncut Safer Spaces Policy or contact the artist via the festival organisers and Tess will be happy to explain who this workshop is for and why it is a women only event.


Walking Festival of Sound is a transdisciplinary event exploring the role of walking through and listening to our everyday surroundings. It combines a number of free and public events including walking performances and walking seminars which take place in diverse public spaces. Evening events informed by walking practices take place in various event spaces (see more details in the program section). Walking Festival of Sound facilitates a meeting point for an international network of practitioners and researchers interested in sound and walking. Through diverse events we explore how walking and listening practices can augment and challenge the way we perceive, navigate through, and care for our shared environments. In 2019 the festival takes place in two cities, Stockholm and Newcastle

The Walking Festival of Sound is funded by the Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice