Clare Qualmann is a walking artist from London who was with us in Spring 2014 with her two children Ernest and Ruby.
Huntly, like many of our towns, is made for vehicles and people who are independently mobile. A fact that is often furthest from our minds when navigating through it, that is, until something comes along and radically changes our relationship to this environment: a child. In the first few months of Clare's son's life, pushing his pram around the area that she had lived in for the last 12 years, she was struck by the number of detours that she had to take–the route alterations, the small (and not-so-small) impediments to smooth passage. Her very familiar routes through and to places were rudely disrupted, forcing a new relationship with the very physical details of the urban environment–something that many new parents encounter. And so, for a town once deemed the 'family town': How suitable is Huntly for young children and their pram pushing parents?