Hamish Fulton to stage alternative walk in Birmingham on Easter weekend

By Mark Sheerin | 29 March 2012
Colour photo of a single file of silhouetted people walking around a sandbank
Hamish Fulton, Walk 2: Margate boating pool (2010)© Dan Bass
Of all the modes of transport you might associate with Birmingham, walking might be way down the list. The city is after all home to Spaghetti Junction, a bit of canal spaghetti, plus a major rail station and airport.

But Hamish Fulton is set to change all that as the soi-disant "walking artist" stages one of his group rambles in the Curzon Park development zone. That means both a chance to stretch your legs and reflect on the regeneration of the city’s arty Eastside district.

Fulton has been planning and recording walks as part of a conceptual or sculptural practice since the late 1960s. The resulting photographs and typographic works look slick, but as the artist points out on his website, a walk cannot be brought or sold.

This particular action takes place on Sunday 8th of April, so is also a chance to walk off any any hot cross buns of chocolates you might already have consumed. Group Walk with Hamish Fulton is free, but booking is essential.

  • Call Ikon Gallery on 0121 248 0708. Walk takes place 2.30-4.30pm. See gallery website for further details and for details of current Hamish Fulton show.

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