Walking Companions

Our Walking Companions are people we have worked with to co-create walks and walkshops and with whom we continue to develop ideas. They come from a variety of fields including: artists, performers, designers and writers.

Once a walk has been developed and curated they are often repeated, and the idea continues to grow. We also develop successful collaborations with festivals, institutions and organisations where we have been commissioned to develop walks and host talks and panel discussions.

Interested in co-creating a walkshop with us? To find out more of what is involved click here To find out about projects and with whom we are currently co-creating click here

Interested in commissioning us to devise and deliver a walkshop on your behalf (with an illustration of our fees), please click here

Messages from our Walking Companions:

Artists with whom we have co-created:

‘Working with Andrew is a positive and energising experience. He is always thoroughly engaged with the project at hand, supporting, publicising and actively contributing to the process. He is especially good at remembering all those pernickety but essential practical things that can be so easily overlooked when working in the public domain.‘ Susan  Trangmar, Reader in Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design – see Silent Witnesses

It has been a real pleasure to work with Andrew in arranging, leading and following up this walk.  At every stage of the whole process I have been impressed by Andrew’s thoroughness and attention to detail, always looking for ways to “add value” to the walk.  On our various “recces” to plan the walk, Andrew was always keen to explore side roads that might contain hidden gems (which they usually did) and was constantly looking at the walk through the eyes of the “consumer”.  He contacted experts in the various topics we might be covering and invited them to join the walk and either be on hand during the walk, or to give a presentation at the end.  All of this added up to an experience in which I learned as well as led – not only from the invited experts, but from Andrew himself, with his eccentric store of knowledge and his sheer professionalism.  This, combined with his consistent  enthusiasm has made Andrew a valued partner.  We are already discussing ways to repeat and extend our “Stalking the Hardy Ash” walk and to devise other, new walks – and I very much look forward to them.Peter Coles, Writer & Photographer

Client commissioner:

“The Museum of Walking ran [or walked!] an excellent series of events for London Tree Week 2015. Andrew devised a varied programme, which differed from standard tree trails to really engage participants with their surroundings. He created bespoke events which clearly met the brief of responding to the London environment and encouraging the use of photography. The events were interesting and unusual and attracted a wide audience. We were particularly pleased with the fact that Andrew was very proactive in promoting the events, gathering feedback from participants, and following up on the events.” Katrina RamseySenior Policy and Programme Officer, Co-orindator of London Tree Week 2015 – Environment GREATER LONDON AUTHORITY

Festivals and Organisations with which we have collaborated:

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Since its establishment in 2006*, Rethinking Cities Ltd / Museum of Walking,  has won contracts to develop creative initiatives, including participatory walkshops and to provide educational and training advice to a number of clients:

  • Academy of Urbanism – the city as a learning laboratory
  • City University – the Centre for Creativity and Leadership – Mobile co-design walkshop
  • Department of Health – advice on workplace wellbeing to SMEs
  • Dorset County Council Extended Services – after school walking initiatives
  • Fantasy High Street
  • Greater London Authority – 1. London Tree Week 2014-2016 2. Find your London 2016
  • Greenwich Mind – Mindfulness through Movement
  • Lewisham University Hospital Foundation Trust –  safety for staff who travel actively
  • London Borough of Camden – urban gym communications
  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets – weaving wellbeing in neighbourhoods
  • London Wildlife Trust – dash or Dawdle: Russian icons
  • Knowledge Quarter – Curious 2015 – Kings Cross: Lost Property
  • National Gallery – 1. Sounding out Peder Balke part audio part bricolage walkshop, 2. The Impressionists and the Art of walking mindfully
  • NHS Bexley – walking for mental wellbeing and walking away from diabetes
  • NHS Greenwich – walking routes around health bases
  • NHS Lambeth – promoting walking at work
  • NHS Lewisham – communities in health project on walking
  • NOW LIve Events – Deptford Lounge 2016 – Mindfulness on the Go
  • Parasol unit foundation for contemporary arts – multi-media walkshop celebrating the work of Los Carpinteros
  • Peabody – circular walks for staff improvement and wellbeing
  • PLAYLINK – Elevenses
  • Ramblers’ Association – community mapping in east and south London
  • Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea – Ruskin Walk at Leighton House Museum
  • Story Matters CIC – Lewisham Story Festival 2015 – Tall Tree stories
  • Transport for London – Active travel blue print for NHS hospital staff
  • Trees for Cities – mindfulness in nature
  • University College London – Bartlett School of Planning – Ruskin Walk
  • University College London – Transport Research Institute – Light & Dark Somerstown
  • Urban Design Group – Talking Townscape

*Yes – we are more than 10 years old!