Ruskin Walk in Camberwell - stepping out with Ruskin on an investigation of Camberwell
Wednesday After Work Walk – in the company of Martin Fidler, artist and creator of the Ruskin Walk and Andrew Stuck, Museum of Walking
Start: Outside Denmark Hill rail station - (9 mins from Victoria, 12 mins from London Bridge, 17 mins from Farringdon – unfortunately the station is not step free, if you find steps difficult, please let us know and we can advise you of alternative journey plans).
Date & Time: Wednesday 11 July 6.15pm (likely duration between 90 and 120 minutes)
Join us to investigate the neighbourhood of Camberwell, home to John Ruskin author of the “Stones of Venice”. John Ruskin was much more than William Turner’s agent; he was an art and architecture critic, artist, author and social reformer, who had a significant influence on the cultural heritage of London. He was a resident of Camberwell and walked the streets and alleyways in the local neighbourhoods of Camberwell, Dulwich and Peckham.
Participants will venture out and about in the local neighbourhood on a journey of discovery, into the world, character and beliefs of John Ruskin. You will be invited to record your findings in personalised visual field notebooks that include inserts of prompts and tips that John Ruskin would have used. We will encourage you to add your own writings, drawings, rubbings, sketches and discoveries, of what you encounter on the Ruskin Walk.
The walk will stimulate discussion and the sharing of ideas, with participants recording their own interactions with the places of interest along the route in their field notebooks.
Join Martin Fidler, artist and creator of the Ruskin Walk, and Andrew Stuck from the Museum of Walking to encounter this intriguing neighbourhood as if in the character of John Ruskin himself.
Some of the route will be over parks and grassy areas so wear appropriate footwear. We will be handing out a visual field notebook and pens - we want you to be as creative as possible!
Martin Fidler studied experimental painting at the Slade, graduating in 1974. Since then he has exhibited and taught extensively. His work is held in several Public Collections, and he has been the recipient of a number of awards. In Martin’s work the paintings, sculpture and sketchbooks are a balance between reality and imaginative interpretation: ‘My work refers to places and people I have experienced through travel and walking. In the last few years while living in south London I have spent more time exploring the local urban environment with its ‘built up’ curriculum of geography, social history, art and architecture. As well as, continuing to paint landscape in general, I am interested in the strategies and ideas to use local amenities as another kind of palette to enrich people’s lives’
Andrew Stuck is a 'walking creative' and curator of the Museum of Walking.
This is one of a series of four participatory walks in and around London (Zones 1 & 2) - an opportunity to wind down after work, have fun and meet people who enjoy walking and discovering new things to do and places to go in London.
Look out for our other Wednesday After Work Walks :
Weds 27 June from 6.15pm at Peckham Rye station: Undergrowth in the company of Rachel Gomme
Weds 4 July from 6.15pm at Hackney Museum: Squatting and Common Land in the company of Melissa Bliss
Weds 18 July from 6.15pm by the pier beside OXO Tower Wharf and Bernie Spain Gardens - Revealing the River Neckinger - in the company of Tom Bolton, author of London's Lost Rivers