Melanie Shearn completed 2 Artful Ways walks around Kendal on the same, very sunny day. One taking in the Cricket Pitch and one crossing the river Kent and skirting by Fletcher Park.
Cultural features along the way:
Track 1: The Archers – Cricket pitch, cemetery, woodland, sculpture seats, castle
Track 2: R You Lost? – Footbridge, ‘Waterside’, barriers, Tanners Yard, Priority Postbox
Question 1: Creativity – What does creativity/culture mean to you?
Going on an unknown journey and making little leaps along the way.
Question 2: Connectivity – Covid-19 has forced us all to reimagine ways to connect. What have you missed – and what new possibilities have opened up?
I missed so much during lockdowns but especially making eye contact during conversations with people and being able to touch things. Overnight, I found I was dislocated: it almost didn’t matter where in the world I was. Instead of turning to zoom, I turned outwards and to things I could touch: I set up creative correspondences with people all over the world; creative strangers sending things to each other in the post, in a correspondance.
Because I don’t know anybody locally and because I’m restricted by walking, ironically, my Artful Ways walks are still about me connecting with someone I haven’t met via international post. My recording of these walks is going to be posted from the postbox on Highgate, Kendal to a fellow creative in Frankfurt, Germany where she will walk my Cumbrian artful way.
Question 3: Place – How can we, collectively, and artfully, better care for our environment?
Offer a hand.