Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Explore, Exercise, Exhale: www.cooltanarts.org.uk/guided-walks
CoolWalks South London festival of urban exploration March 28 - April 2 2017


“These new walks are a great way to see the city from a completely different perspective.”


CoolTan is holding a walking festival entitled ‘Explore, Exercise, Exhale’ this Spring, to relaunch their walking programme ‘CoolWalks’, based on CoolTan’s ten years experience of developing and running public walks. We have developed a range of tours, including seven walks about historical figures who lived in South London, such as David Bowie, Mary Wollstonecraft, Charlie Chaplin, Charles Dickens and Michael Caine. The tour guides are encouraged to research and craft stories they feel are important, delving into archives and recently published histories which offers an alternative, radical view of the city. For the Chaplin walk we encounter Charlie’s family, exploring their struggles to survive the up and down fortunes of the music hall life. All the walks create refreshing, fun and lively alternatives to the traditional pedestrian tour by telling the human stories that lie behind the places we live in, visit or inhabit.  
CoolTan Arts is an award-winning arts in health charity that supports adults with mental health conditions.

Paid walks are interspersed with a number of free walking art workshops designed by CoolTan Arts in collaboration with Bermondsey Artists Group and InspiralLondon. Dates for walks and workshops from 28 March to 2 April (all times and dates tbc). You can find out more information or book your place by going to CoolWalks website: www.cooltanarts.org.uk/guided-walks


Tuesday 28 March
 In Lambeth’s Furnace: William Blake’s South London walk
11:00 am - 1:00 pm, meet at Imperial War Museum
This Blake inspired walk concentrates on the artist’s time in Lambeth – the artist and his creativity – spanning his most creative and productive period living and working at 13 Hercules Road.

 A Tale of Two Sisters: Mary Wollstonecraft’s London walk
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm, meet at Southwark tube station
A brand new walk and take on Mary Wollstonecraft’s contribution to women’s emancipation and the radical politics of Eighteenth Century Europe. Exploring Southwark near the River and crossing the Thames to St Pauls’ Churchyard; this tour explores radical 18th Century London, through Mary’s revolutionary feminist eyes. We relive the ferment of ideas and people that circulated around her, through her writings and her relationship with her two sisters, and two daughters.

Twists and Transformations: Dickens’ London Borough walk
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, meet at Borough tube station
This walk is conducted through the streets of Old Borough, and follows the ‘Twists and Transformations’ of Dickens’s early childhood, revisiting early Victorian London South of the River. By encountering the traumatic twists in Dickens’s early years, as he took his first tentative steps into this new city of opportunity, we reveal something of his restless spirit, manifest in his compulsive night-walking and his feelings of ‘houselessness’.
Wednesday 29 March

CoolTan Arts Open Afternoon: Wellbeing and Walking Art
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, at CoolTan Arts
Visit CoolTan to find out how we help adults with mental health issues through arts workshops and volunteering opportunities. See the exhibition, speak to staff, and learn how to register. These events are for anyone with an interest in how the creative arts can help improve mental wellbeing.
This Open Afternoon coincides with the CoolTan Arts Walking Festival. Join a taster walk at 2.30pm which looks at the changing landscape of Walworth through the lens of Charlie Chaplin’s childhood spent around the Elephant and Castle area.

Saturday 1 April 2017
Largactyl Shuffle: Revolutionary Women walk
10.15am – 1pm, meeting point TBC
A guided, cultural walk, to celebrate International Women's Day and encourage mental and physical wellbeing, through art, exercise, humour and history. The walk will lead us across boroughs for talks on local suffragettes and revolutionary women from Southwark and Lambeth. It is a century since the Electoral Reform Bill passed in the Commons, giving votes only to certain women: those over the age of 30, those over 21 who own their own house or those married to householders.

Thameside Tales: The Bermondsey Story walk
11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Bermondsey Tube station
This walk takes us up along the river side and through South London’s old wharfside docks where we encounter the childhood memories of Bermondsey boys: Michael Caine and Tommy Steele. Their early days growing up in North Southwark saw World War Two destruction and subsequent rebuild of the area; also known for its long history of Thameside manufacturing. Come and join us as we explore the river, its people and the recent history of the docks as we unravel this unique Bermondsey story.

‘Beautification’ Walking Art Workshop
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm, CGP London
Drawing inspiration from the original Southwark ‘beautification’ projects, this workshop draws its content from the InspiralLondon 300-mile walk, investigating aspects of the beautiful and looking for intrinsic aesthetics we might encounter on the walk. By sharing the expertise of CoolWalks volunteers and Bermondsey Artist Group, with a wider public, we explore together ways to capture and represent these other ‘beauties’.

Seeds of Change: Ada Salter and Rotherhithe’s Radical Non-conformists walk
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, meet at Rotherhithe tube
Seeds of Change invites you to experience the undercurrents of London’s South Docks’ and the radical history of Rotherhithe. From this peninsula parish, the Mayflower set sail for North America and Captain James Cook gathered his intrepid crews. Join CoolWalks to relive this progressive history, and witness how non-conformism radically transformed city life, through creative environmental and public health reforms, that formed the foundations of universal health care, social housing and modern green cities.

Sunday 2 April
InspiralLondon: 23:23 Hinterlands walk
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Gants Hill station
Join InspiralLondon on a walk which investigates notions of beauty, through the lens of town planning, across hinterland and the semi-urban landscapes that we traverse to this day. InspiralLondon is an ambitious artist-led project, working collectively to create a new walk trail spiralling out through London, from Kings Cross, ending and beginning again at Gravesend. The complete, 300 mile spiral walk is split into segments – this is segment 23.
Please either book your free place or buy a ticket via the website on: www.cooltanarts.org.uk/guided-walks

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