The advisory steering group meets every 6 months to discuss the direction, progress and programme of the Walking Institute, as well as developments within the Walking and Art field.
The members are:
Ron Brander splits his retirement between Huntly and Washington, DC. He combines interests in local heritage, history and archaeology with leading the Strathbogie Rambling Group around the North East. These all involve map-reading and drinking tea. For him, walking is about exploring and understanding the landscape, whether alone or in group mode. He is sensitive to the phenomenology of place, and constantly curious about what lies out of sight....both in the physical terrain and in the human past. He sees the value of the Walking Institute as its mission to invite creative individuals into the landscape to develop novel ways of interpreting it. This offers new public opportunities for experiencing it via the creative muse of others. He has written a book about the human heritage of the Hielan Way landscape on behalf of the Walking Institute of Deveron Projects.
Dee Heddon is a Professor of Contemporary Performance at the University of Glasgow. She is the author of Autobiography and Performance and co-author of Devising Performance. Her recent publications have focused on walking as an aesthetic practice – including the work of women artists and the relationship of walking to friendship. She is currently working on an AHRC-funded project that explores disabled people’s experiences of walking, as a way to value their everyday knowledge and the contribution it can make to debates around resilience and sustainability. Dee’s practice includes 40 Walks and The Walking Library. Dee is a member of the Walking Artists Network.
Prof Tim Ingold is currently Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. He has carried out ethnographic fieldwork among Saami and Finnish people in Lapland, and has written on comparative questions of environment, technology and social organisation in the circumpolar North, on the role of animals in human society, and on human ecology and evolutionary theory in anthropology, biology and history. More recently, he has explored the links between environmental perception and skilled practice. Tim is currently writing and teaching on issues on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture, with a particular focus on the way in which the activity of walking mediates a relation between line-making and the atmospherics of weather. Ingold is the author of The Perception of the Environment (2000), Lines (2007), Being Alive (2011) and Making (2013).
Michael Höpfner studied painting and graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art. He lives and works in Vienna and Berlin. His work is based on the experience of walking journeys in desert and steppe areas between Eastern Europe and China, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Tibet, China and South Korea. He reflects on these landscapes, the changing nomadic societies and his own performance in installations that use black and white photography, drawings, slide projections and tent sculptures.
Jason Williamson has been the Exhibitions Manager at Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums since 2001. Prior to this appointment he was the Programme and Travelling Exhibition Coordinator for the Art Gallery of Calgary, Canada. Since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 1993, he has been actively involved with various artist run organisations in Scotland and Canada and also continues to run a studio practice. He currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Touring Exhibition Group, Steering Group of The Walking Institute and is Board Member of Peacock Visual Arts, Deveron Projects and Rhynie Woman. Jason has a keen interest in the outdoors and all things running, walking and moving.