Join Groundwork for the launch of Hayley Newman’s publication A to B in MK and a special performative tour of Milton Keynes pedestrian and cycling system the Redways, a network of 270km of mixed-use paths that run in parallel to the road grid and through the grid squares of MK. Their name comes from the russet red tarmac they are covered with, but the Redways are also green, corridors of connection that bring people, plants, fungi and animals together. This performance tour will unite cyclists, walkers, runners, dog walkers, mobility scooter users and parents with prams to experience the Redways together. In this alternative tour, which starts and ends at Willen Lake, you will learn how to read the Redways, experience the ups and downs of winding around roads and take part in a choreographed multi-user parade.
A to B in MK is a participatory mapping project developed by artist Hayley Newman with Milton Keynes Community Collaborators that took place on the Redways in Milton Keynes from 17th – 29th July, 2018. A-B in MK has taken the form of a number of collective walks and cycle rides on MK’s Redway; emotionally plotting segments of this 322 km network of paths, cycle lanes, trees, bushes and bridges. During the last two weeks of July the artist accompanied residents and visitors on their daily journeys to and from work or school and joined organised walks and bike rides; each trip has then been written as a story and published in as a Redway guide.
It is hoped that A to B in MK will contribute to discussion about the potential for the Redways to become a viable alternative to the road grid in Milton Keynes, one that brings the margins into the centre and connects residents, plants, places, insects and animals.
Is this a re-imagining or a re-possession? A frame of curves sewn into the shadow of a grid. A red route pulls me in another direction and air smells green. Holding handlebars, I feel their grip. Disorientation is key. How many different languages are spoken here? What will these routes look like in 50 years time?
The performance parade will take place on Saturday 15th September, leaving from outside The Lakeside Pub on Willen Lake.
Event times: 11.30 - 12.30
Suggested viewing times for those following the Groundwork Weekender programme:
Saturday 15th September between 11:30 - 12:30, travel can be supported by The Coach Trip - Tour 1 ticket.
Book your seat:
This work has been commissioned by Tracing the Pathway as part of their project Groundwork, a cross-arts platform and research project about Milton Keynes. A to B in MK forms part of Pedalling Culture, a Cultural Destinations Fund programme funded by Arts Council England and has received support from Fraser Muggeridge Studio, Walk for Health, Redway Runners, Lets Ride, Civic Walk for Health, Broughton Cycle Group, Tadj, Nicky, Jenna, Trevor, Sue, Tom Jane, Nattu, Shankar, David, Kay, Liz, Shirley, Susanne, Tina Joan, Colin and Matthew.
#Community / #walking / #mapping / #public space / #sustainable public transport / #Redways / #cycling / #running / #leisure / #health / #borders / #emotion / #sustainability / #climate change / #zero carbon economies / #extinction / #the Capitalocene / #landscape / #nature