April 19, 2010

UK: "Walking Artist" Hamish Fullton, 64, kicks off 21-day trek

. ABERDEEN, Scotland / The Press and Journal / Home News / April 19, 2010 Huntly walking festival gets into its stride Artist kicks off 21-day trek in Cairngorms by leading locals around town HE MADE his name trekking across some of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet – conquering Everest at the age of 63 and scaling a 26,000ft Tibetan mountain without bottled oxygen. But yesterday, Hamish Fulton fulfilled an ambition when he set out on a 21-day solo walk across the Cairngorms. The so-called “walking artist” left from Huntly, where he led a two-hour co-ordinated stroll around the town on Saturday as part of its first annual walking festival. Mr Fulton – who uses his journeys for inspiration to produce poetry, paintings, drawings and sculpture – said the Cairngorms was a “special place”. He said: “It’s a bit of a treasure within the totality of the British Isles, being the largest, highest piece of ground. “I’ve done quite a few walks in the Cairngorms, something like 15 seven-day walks, and one two-week walk, so the next one up is 21 days. I’m absolutely determined not to have a route because that’s not like normal life. MARCH 3, 2010: Over 200 people braved the cold to take part in a group walk with Hamish Fulton (born 1946) of Canterbury, around the Marine Bathing Pool, Margate on the morning of 3 March. Participants completed seven circuits of the pool wall, walking in silence and maintaining a distance of a meter from the person in front of them. The walk was organised by Turner Contemporary. Copyright © Turner Contemporary. Mr Fulton – who has walked for a week without sleep and trekked from one side of the country to another during his five-decade-long career – will complete his mission on May 8 at Glenmore Lodge. He led a 49-day-long “walk" over the south-eastern ridge of the Everest last May, when he briefly became the oldest Briton to reach the summit – before 65-year-old Sir Ranulph Fiennes completed the feat two days later. In 2000, Mr Fulton, who lives in Canterbury, Kent, also made a guided and Sherpa-assisted climb to the 26,000ft summit plateau of Cho Oyu in the Himalaya region of Tibet and has walked in many other countries. Huntly’s walking festival, which is designed to promote the town as a base for walking holidays, also held a mass sponsored walk to raise money for local charities yesterday. [rc] © Aberdeen Journals Ltd Seniors World Chronicle adds Artist’s Talk: Hamish Fulton Bentley Chamber Music Studio, Music and Sound Building, Free October 29, 2007, 7 p.m. Hamish Fulton has exhibited throughout the world for more than 30 years. Since the early 1970s, he has been labelled as a sculptor, photographer, conceptual artist and land artist. Fulton, however, characterizes himself as a walking artist. The act of walking has remained central to his practice for several decades. He has stated “If I do not walk, I cannot make a work of art” and has summed up this way of thinking in the simple statement of intent: “no walk, no work.” He has walked thousands of miles in five continents, documenting his experiences — or the essence of them — through photographs, objects, text installations, and books. Hamish lives in Coventry, England. He works in England and abroad. Courtesy: The Banff Centre, Canada