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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OVERVIEW

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.

CURRENT RESEARCH

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.

PUBLICATIONS

Texts

2021
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.


2021
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


2021
Pram Naps (chapter, forthcoming) in ‘Mothering, Time and Temporalities eds. Colls, C. McGiven, A., Routledge


2020
Chip Walk (chapter, co-authored) in ‘Walking Bodies’, eds. Smith, P, Hind. C., Billinghurst, H., Triarchy Press


2018
Ways to Wander the Gallery, (book, co-edited) Triarchy Press


2017
Walking Women (study room guide, co-edited) Live Art Development Agency


2017
The artist in the library (article) in Performance Research Journal ‘On Libraries’ Vol. 22, issue 1.


2016
Perambulator (article) ‘Studies in the Maternal’, Volume 8, Issue 2, Performing Everyday Maternal Practice


2015
Ways to Wander, (book, co-edited) Triarchy Press, Axminster


2013
Walking and Talking East London (chapter co-authored) in ‘Spaziergangswissenschaft in Praxis.’ ed. Weisshaar, B., Jovis Verlag


2013
walkwalkwalk: Stories from the Bethnal Green Archive (article) in ‘Selected Essays from the On Walking conference’, University of Sunderland


2010
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


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


2009
Spinning Stories: A walk about laundry, (pamphlet, co-authored), Site Projects, September


2009
walkwalkwalk: stories from the Exeter Archive, (book) Site Projects


2007
A Chip Shop Tour of E8 (chapter, co-authored) in ‘E8 the heart of Hackney’, Transition editions

Conference Presentations and Talks

2020
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 https://youtu.be/9Twun4pBs2M


2019
Chip Walks: Prespes to Plymouth (co-authored paper), Walking’s New Movement, Plymouth


2019
East End Jam, (talk and taste) Something Held in the Mouth, Folkestone, available online at https://youtu.be/iT0tWWR2Xe0


2019
East End Jam as Ecotopia (talk and taste) Ecotopias: Imagining Ecological Utopias, London


2019
Chip Walks, (co-authored paper) Made of Walking, Prespes, Greece


2017
Making the Landscape Sing: walking the map and mapping the walk (invited talk) Living Maps, London


2016
Perambulator (artist’s talk) Walking Women, Forest Fringe, Edinburgh


2016
Perambulator (artist’s talk) Motherhood & Live Art, Edge Hill University


2015
Perambulator (paper) The Motherhood and Creative Practice conference, London South Bank University


2013
Walkwalkwalk: Stories from the Bethnal Green Archive (paper) On Walking, University of Sunderland


2011
The Artist in the Library (paper) The Artist in the Library Symposium, University of East London

Curatorial

2018
Daylighting, co-curated with Amy Sharrocks and Madeleine Hodge, Wellcome Collection, October


2016
Walking Women, co-curated with Amy Sharrocks, Somerset House, London & Forest Fringe, Edinburgh July-August

Exhibitions

2018
Saunter Trek Escort Parade, group show, Fluxus Factory and Queens Museum, New York, USA, September


2018
Labors: An Exhibition Exploring the Complexities of Motherhood, group show, Pearl Conard Gallery, Ohio, USA, February


2015
Gossip and Nonsense, duo show, The Bank Gallery, Cass School of Art, London, December


2013-2014
Walk On: 40 years of walking art, group show, Pitshangar Manor Gallery, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, MAC Birmingham, Plymouth City Museum and Gallery


2009
Flash Company, group show, Cecil Sharp House, London, Apr – June


2008
walkwalkwalk: stories from the Exeter archive, offsite project, Exeter Central Station, Spacex Gallery, Exeter, April – September


2007
E8 the heart of Hackney, group show, Transition London, June – July


2007
Mapping, group show, Bury Art Gallery, April - June 

Events & Performances

2015-20
East End Jam, walks, workshops and live art events, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Gayhurst Community School, Amber Court Sheltered Housing, Wilton Estate Community Garden


2018
Perambulator, participatory walk, Flux Factory, New York, USA, September


2015
Gossip and Nonsense, performance and live letterpress print room, The Bank Gallery, Cass School of Art, London, December


2014
Renaissance Rumours and Chinese Whispers, performance, Somerset House, Inside Out festival, King’s College London


2014
Perambulator Parade & Baby Slow Marathon, Deveron Arts, Huntly, Scotland, May


2012
Perambulator, participatory walk, part of 'Chain' at Lewisham Art House, 24th May


2010
Spinning Stories, a walk about laundry, with Emily Butterworth, London, July


2010
Darned Memory, a walk around memory, mending and Millbank, London, March


2009
The Nightwash laundry chorus, London, October


2008
Night walk Marsh Barton, part of walkwalkwalk: stories from the Exeter archive, April


2006
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

FUNDING

  • 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)
  • The Teaching tab needs to be update so that under modules it reads:
  • Final Practical Project
  • Performing the City
  • Theatre and Imagination

TEACHING

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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MODULES

  • Public Project One
  • Interdisciplinary Project
  • Site Specific Project

Scholarly activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy