King Arthur Way - Walking Publics/Walking Arts (AHRC)

King Arthur Way - Walking Publics/Walking Arts (AHRC)
Author: Manwaring, Kevan (UNSPECIFIED)


Walking Publics/Walking Arts is a research projectfunded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council  exploring the potential of the arts to sustain, encourage and more equitably support walking during and recovering from a pandemic.

I have two projects of mine featured in the exhibition:

The King Arthur Way is a brand new long-distance pilgrimage route (or ‘legendary walk’) devised by author and long-distance walker Kevan Manwaring, stretching across south-west England – it tells the story of King Arthur, whose legend is intrinsic to the psychogeography of the area. Starting at the dramatic sea-castle of Tintagel (the place of Arthur’s conception and Merlin’s Cave) and culminating in his final resting place, Glastonbury Abbey and the Isle of Avalon, this 153-mile-long walk is a mythic pilgrimage taking in key sites along the way that will bring the story of King Arthur alive. Along the way, the historical and archaeological evidence will seek to reveal the truth behind Arthur – a composite of traditions, a clash of myth and history.

The idea of a walk being a valid work of art in itself is something the artist Richard Long and others have explored. #WalkCreate offers a platform for modern creative-critical practitioners who use walking as a mode of artistic enquiry.

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