1 Aug, 1.40pm Innocent Railway Path, Edinburgh
Join artist Stuart McAdam for a guided walk along the Innocent Railway Path
Learn about Stuart's nomadic journeys and walking as a methodology for art production. His latest project, part of a residency at Deveron Arts, is based around the infamous Beeching Railway cuts of the 1960's which saw a network of rail routes closed as a result of Dr. Richard Beeching's recommendations.
Through a series of performative walks along these routes, McAdam aims to bring into focus the contemporary issues surrounding this legacy. As part of an ongoing investigation into slow travel as art practice, the artist will be joined by Claudia Zeiske, Director, Deveron Arts. All are invited to participate in this walk, share their thoughts and contribute to the artist's research. Following the walk a discussion will be held at the RSA.
Start: 1.40 pm Artist guided walk Join Stuart McAdam for a guided walk along the Innocent Railway Path, the route of the capital's first railway line which was closed in 1968, and learn about his nomadic journeys as a methodology for art production.
The Innocent Railway Path, Duddingston Road West; finish at the Engine Shed, St Leonards Lane. Bus 42 from City Center. We will then walk on the talk below.
4 pm: Royal Scottish Academy Panel discussion about art and walking and journeying taking us through the history of the railways in Scotland. This event is the culmination of a guided walk that McAdam will lead earlier in the afternoon - you are welcome to join the walk or to attend just the discussion.
For more information see Edinburgh Art Festival.
Nina Coulson, co-founder of MOVEMENT gallery based on Platform 2,Worcester Foregate St. Railway Station. MOVEMENT is a departure, a change, a stopover, or an arrival - it's a point along a journey and a geographically democratic site for the production and presentation of contemporary artwork. Due to its location on a rail transport system it aims to conceptually take the passenger on many different journeys through time and space, commissioning work by international contemporary artists to be shown at the station. Alongside its physical base, MOVEMENT also commissions offsite projects, sometimes utilising trains and the rail network as a site for networking art practice across the UK, into Europe and beyond.
Derek Halden, a civil engineer who has been involved in many path infrastructure projects connecting people and places, railway projects connecting places to cities, and community station projects which connect paths to railways. Derek recently managed national research for Scottish Government to identify best practice delivering smarter places for smarter travel and is currently working on projects to offer more connected travel experiences, including local information centres as cultural centres and retail outlets for local arts and crafts. He is a Fellow of the RSA, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a Chartered Engineer.
Ellie Harrison, artist and coordinator of the Bring Back British Rail campaign, the 'collective voice of disgruntled rail passengers and disheartened train employees, demanding a re-unified national rail network run for people not profit'. Bring Back British Rail strives to popularise the idea of re-nationalising the over-priced and over-complicated railway system, which the people of Britain have been left with as the result of privatisation in the '90s.
Stuart McAdam studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht. He is influenced by ideas associated with Conceptual Art and Dada, storytelling and mythology. His recent projects have primarily taken the form of journeys, by bicycle, boat or on foot. His projects include trips on Scotland's internal waterways and a cycle trip through Belgium and France to Switzerland following the line of the western front trenches from World War I. Stuart is currently artist in residence at Deveron Arts, where he investigates the lost former railway lines in the North East of Scotland on foot as part of a wider commemoration of the 50 years anniversary of the Beeching cuts.
David Spaven is a campaigner as well as a transport consultant used by Scottish and UK transport agencies. He worked as a British Rail manager for 18 years until 1995. Together with Julian Holland he published "Mapping the Railways" a book on the history of Britain's railways, which was reprinted four times and has sold over 25,000 copies. They also wrote Britain's Scenic Railway - a unique insight into the most scenic rail journeys in England, Scotland and Wales. David was also involved in the Scottish Green Party and campaigned against the M74 Northern Extension. He was the Chair of TRANSform Scotland and was involved with Get Edinburgh Moving a proposed scheme of congestion pricing for Scotland's capital city.