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A photo of a previous walking event

Where We Find Ourselves: Walk and talk with Ian Nesbitt

Thurs 15 July, 2-5.30pm

Artist Ian Nesbitt is in town for a screening of his excellent co-produced film Acts of Quiet Resistance so we’ve taken the opportunity to ask him to lead an event for The NewBridge Project.

The pandemic delayed Ian’s plans for his project New Ways, where he planned to go on ‘a 220 mile pilgrimage on foot, collecting and sharing acts towards and visions of a positive future society’ but this event will draw from the same well (over a manageable 2.5 miles!).

During a slow amble from NewBridge Gateshead to Shieldfield we’ll walk and talk, stopping to converse over points inspired by Ian’s enlightening Re-Visioning conversations and their many parallels with the things NewBridge’s programme has been looking at via For Solidarity and Overmorrow.

The conversations will draw on Ian’s current research around holding space for uncertain futures, highlighting the social backdrop to the questions he asks, the need to ‘think beyond art’, to act locally and in solidarity.

We will explore how his thinking has been collapsed and rebuilt in response to the uncertainty of the pandemic, and how he plans to carry that forward.

We will reflect on how and what has come up in our own practices and lives, and how we are navigating these challenges, and where we find ourselves.

The route will be undulating but step-free and we will be strolling at a gentle pace.

For anyone who can’t join us for the walk, we will convene at the end of the walk to sit and chat (at City Stadium if the weather is good, under shelter nearby if it is bad).

We will gather in Gateshead from 2pm, and set off at 2:30pm prompt. We’ll arrive in Shieldfield at 5pm where we’ll remain until 5:30pm.

Please dress for the variable weather!

You can also book tickets for the screening of Acts of Quiet Resistance at Star and Shadow after the walk here.  You can find out more about the Re-visioning conversations here.  And check out Ian’s fantastic practice here.


About Ian:

Ian Nesbitt is an artist, filmmaker and activist, interested in creating spaces for exchange that go beyond the everyday. Spanning interests in landscape politics, walking as artform, community self-organising (neighbourhoodism), emerging social movements, and documentary film, his practice is openly collaborative, working with artists and non-artists alike.

Photo Caption: Ian Nesbitt, Commoners’ Fair, 2016 (guided walk of the local Commons with Mateus Lawryonowicz). Image credit: Reece Straw


Start NewBridge Gateshead, 2pm
Finish Shieldfield, 5.30pm

Members: Free, Non-members: £3

Starting point: 232-240 High St, Gateshead NE8 1DJ

Ending point: The Shieldfield Centre, Stoddart Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1AL

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