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Ms Clare Qualmann

Senior Lecturer

CPAD, Performing Arts

I co-lead the BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance degree and teach across levels on the programme. My teaching draws on my research and practice interests in site-specific performance, walking, participatory practice, live art and performance art. Additionally I work across the Performing Arts area as impact champion, supporting colleagues’ practice-as-research in relation to dissemination, public engagement, evaluation and impact.

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    School of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI)
    University of East London
    Docklands Campus
    London
    E16 2RD
  • c.qualmann@uel.ac.uk
    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.


    FHEA
    Co-Editor ‘Lines of Desire’ at Living Maps Review, Facilitator Walking Artists Network

    Overview

    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 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.


    Collaborators

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    Research

    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



    Web

    http://www.clarequalmann.co.uk


    http://footworkwalk.wordpress.com/


    http://www.walkwalkwalk.org.uk


    http://walkingartistsnetwork.org/


    http://huntlyperambulator.wordpress.com


    http://eastendjam.wordpress.com

    Publications

    • 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

    Funding

    Site-Specific Practice, Participatory Performance, Live Art, Walking


    Interests

    Portfolio

    BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance



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