11am-1:30pm – Roundtable workshop and dialogues between Inspiral artists and collaborators, including a discussion of mapping practices across North Kent and the Metropole at Gravesham Arts Centre.
1:30-2:30pm – Lunch.
2:30-4pm – Land & People: An Artist’s Guide to the Planning System
A unique opportunity to find out about the planning system from artist Sarah Spanton, who retrained in 2014/5 becoming a planner (RTPI Licentiate). An engaging and thought-provoking workshop comprising a series of mini, visual, lecture-presentations alongside practical participatory discussion. From the English planning system’s inception to the current state of play, find out how the system works, who uses it, who works in it, what they do and how communities can engage and input into it.
Facilitated by Sarah Spanton and Richard Sobey of https://wearedelve.wordpress.com.
4-6pm – ‘A Ballad for Inspiral’ – a songwriting workshop led by Anne Robinson and Mikey Georgeson to create a new song for Inspiral.
6-6:30pm – Performance of the Inspiral Ballad and a drink.
Plus an alternative walk workshop 'Walkie-Talkie' exploring Gravesend and the Thames foreshore led by members of the Walking Artist Network.
Throughout the afternoon artist Calum F. Kerr will be channeling the white Cachalot or Sperm Whale returned after 300 years. On 30th August 1718, a forty foot whale was caught in Gravesend just below the town causing much local excitement. This Whale resurrected, will attempt to communicate with the denizens of Gravesend using echolocation clicking, beckoning them to pass across to Tilbury toward the Thames Mouth and freedom. With audience interactions with the Inspiral 'On the Ground Map' exhibition at Gravesham Arts Centre.
Further artistic interventions tbc.
This event is part of the InspiralLondon 2017 Festival, (12-15 October 2017), celebrating the completion of the 300-mile Inspiral trail with walks, performances, workshops, installations and more between central London and Gravesend.
Full programme is available here: inspirallondon.com/2017-inspirallondon-festival