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).