clare qualman

Clare Qualmann

Programme Leader

Senior Lecturer CPAD, Performing Arts

Department of Music, Writing & Performance , School of Arts and Creative Industries

Clare Qualmann co-leads the BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance degree and teaches across levels on the programme. Her teaching draws on her research and practice interests in site-specific performance, walking, participatory practice, live art and performance art. 

Additionally, she works across the Performing Arts area as impact champion, supporting colleagues’ practice-as-research in relation to dissemination, public engagement, evaluation and impact.

Areas Of Interest

  • Site-Specific Practice
  • Participatory Performance
  • Live Art
  • Walking
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Clare Qualmann is an artist/researcher with an interdisciplinary performance based practice. From a background in the visual arts her work engages a range of participatory methods, and a range of media to explore and reveal the overlooked - the politics and potentials of everyday life.

Clare co-leads the BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance teaching projects that introduce site-specific practice, participatory performance, live art and performance art.


From 2012 - 2015 Clare led an AHRC funded project to develop the Walking Artists Network, an international forum for the use of walking in creative practice, alongside a series of walking research group meetings.

She continues to facilitate the network, alongside her own projects that use walking as process, method and outcome for instigating and investigating exchanges between people and places.

Commissions include:

  • "Walkwalkwalk: stories from the Bethnal Green archive" (2010)
  • A permanent installation of architectural text-works in Bethnal Green Old Town Hall, Perambulator (2014)
  • A participatory performance/walking project (with prams) for Deveron Arts in Huntly (Aberdeenshire) and
  • Daylighting (2018) a programme of events exploring ways to challenge existing archives and systems of knowledge, change narratives and amplify new voices through art and activism commissioned by Wellcome Collection.

Ongoing projects

Ongoing projects include East End Jam (2015 -) a collaborative walking, foraging and jam making project originally commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation.

The project instigates an active, activist and creative way to interact with a place - exploring even the most unpromising seeming locations in relation to their edibility.

Based in the East End of London we use walking, foraging, picking, gleaning, preserving, cooking and eating as processes to map the edible city - provoking embodied explorations of urban food, access, nature in the city, and the free use of common resources.



East End Jam: urban foraging as participatory multi-sensory cartography (chapter, co-authored, forthcoming) in Urban Natures: Making Visible, (Re)Connecting and (Re)Politicising, eds. Edwards, F., Nilstad Pettersen, I, and Popartan, L.

She Walked (chapter, co-authored, forthcoming), in ‘A New Poetics of Space: Literary Walks in Times of Pandemics and Climate Crisis.’ eds. Jeffery, L., Angelaki, V., Bloomsbury

Pram Naps (chapter, forthcoming) in ‘Mothering, Time and Temporalities eds. Colls, C. McGiven, A., Routledge

Chip Walk (chapter, co-authored) in ‘Walking Bodies’, eds. Smith, P, Hind. C., Billinghurst, H., Triarchy Press

Ways to Wander the Gallery, (book, co-edited) Triarchy Press

Walking Women (study room guide, co-edited) Live Art Development Agency

The artist in the library (article) in Performance Research Journal ‘On Libraries’ Vol. 22, issue 1.

Perambulator (article) ‘Studies in the Maternal’, Volume 8, Issue 2, Performing Everyday Maternal Practice

Ways to Wander, (book, co-edited) Triarchy Press, Axminster

Walking and Talking East London (chapter co-authored) in ‘Spaziergangswissenschaft in Praxis.’ ed. Weisshaar, B., Jovis Verlag

walkwalkwalk: Stories from the Bethnal Green Archive (article) in ‘Selected Essays from the On Walking conference’, University of Sunderland

A-Z of Sustainable Materials: Activating learning in sustainable design: using a hands-on materials workshop to engage students, (case study) in ‘Networks’ Issue 11, pp. 46 – 50, ADM-HEA subject centre

Creative Space; or Is There Room for Creativity? (article) in ‘Investigations in University Teaching and Learning’ vol. 5 (2) Spring 2009

Spinning Stories: A walk about laundry, (pamphlet, co-authored), Site Projects, September

walkwalkwalk: stories from the Exeter Archive, (book) Site Projects

A Chip Shop Tour of E8 (chapter, co-authored) in ‘E8 the heart of Hackney’, Transition editions

Conference Presentations and Talks

East End Jam: Urban Foraging as multi-sensory participatory cartography (joint paper with Amy Vogel) Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future, London, available online at

Chip Walks: Prespes to Plymouth (co-authored paper), Walking’s New Movement, Plymouth

East End Jam, (talk and taste) Something Held in the Mouth, Folkestone, available online at

East End Jam as Ecotopia (talk and taste) Ecotopias: Imagining Ecological Utopias, London

Chip Walks, (co-authored paper) Made of Walking, Prespes, Greece

Making the Landscape Sing: walking the map and mapping the walk (invited talk) Living Maps, London

Perambulator (artist’s talk) Walking Women, Forest Fringe, Edinburgh

Perambulator (artist’s talk) Motherhood & Live Art, Edge Hill University

Perambulator (paper) The Motherhood and Creative Practice conference, London South Bank University

Walkwalkwalk: Stories from the Bethnal Green Archive (paper) On Walking, University of Sunderland

The Artist in the Library (paper) The Artist in the Library Symposium, University of East London


Daylighting, co-curated with Amy Sharrocks and Madeleine Hodge, Wellcome Collection, October

Walking Women, co-curated with Amy Sharrocks, Somerset House, London & Forest Fringe, Edinburgh July-August


Saunter Trek Escort Parade, group show, Fluxus Factory and Queens Museum, New York, USA, September

Labors: An Exhibition Exploring the Complexities of Motherhood, group show, Pearl Conard Gallery, Ohio, USA, February

Gossip and Nonsense, duo show, The Bank Gallery, Cass School of Art, London, December

Walk On: 40 years of walking art, group show, Pitshangar Manor Gallery, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, MAC Birmingham, Plymouth City Museum and Gallery

Flash Company, group show, Cecil Sharp House, London, Apr – June

walkwalkwalk: stories from the Exeter archive, offsite project, Exeter Central Station, Spacex Gallery, Exeter, April – September

E8 the heart of Hackney, group show, Transition London, June – July

Mapping, group show, Bury Art Gallery, April - June 

Events & Performances

East End Jam, walks, workshops and live art events, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Gayhurst Community School, Amber Court Sheltered Housing, Wilton Estate Community Garden

Perambulator, participatory walk, Flux Factory, New York, USA, September

Gossip and Nonsense, performance and live letterpress print room, The Bank Gallery, Cass School of Art, London, December

Renaissance Rumours and Chinese Whispers, performance, Somerset House, Inside Out festival, King’s College London

Perambulator Parade & Baby Slow Marathon, Deveron Arts, Huntly, Scotland, May

Perambulator, participatory walk, part of 'Chain' at Lewisham Art House, 24th May

Spinning Stories, a walk about laundry, with Emily Butterworth, London, July

Darned Memory, a walk around memory, mending and Millbank, London, March

The Nightwash laundry chorus, London, October

Night walk Marsh Barton, part of walkwalkwalk: stories from the Exeter archive, April

walkwalkwalk at Camden Arts Centre, September

2005 - 2009
Nine night walks, including The Musical, Points of Non-Interest and Things that have gone, walkwalkwalk, London


  • AHRC Research Networks 2012-2015 Footwork: The Walking Artists Network as Mobile Community (CoI then PI)
  • AHRC Covid Response 2021-2022 Walking Publics Walking Arts (CoI)
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  • Final Practical Project
  • Performing the City
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BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre Performance

An innovative degree programme that combines a commitment to socially-engaged performance practice with contemporary theatre as well as the processes of making performance for and with specific audiences.

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Scholarly activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy