10 Aug 2018 | Tracey M Benson

The reluctant scientist

As most of you know, I have a background in media arts and technology, focusing for many years on emerging communications technologies such as online environments, data driven public art, augmented reality and now virtual reality. What some of you may not know is that I am currently undertaking a Research Masters of Applied Science […]

09 Aug 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

Walk the Ancient Droves of Tolworth Court Farm, Sunday 12th August

The latest in our series of Tolworth Treasure and the Hogsmill Hum walks is a walk across Tolworth Court Farm Fields, our local nature reserve. We will meet at the white bridge over the Hogsmill / Bonesgate Stream at 11am and take you on a journey through the ancient fields of Tolworth Court Farm, which … Continue reading Walk the Ancient Droves of Tolworth Court Farm, Sunday 12th August →

06 Jun 2018 | Tracey M Benson

#365walk project

Earlier this year I made an ambitious claim about walking for at least 30 minutes a day and recording images from my walks. The project is titled #365walk and I am collecting images via my Instagram account in 2018. Incorporating regular walking into my creative practice has opened lots of different ways to imagine the […]

15 May 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

Walking in Richard Jefferies’ Footsteps, Monday May 7th 2018

  Outside Richard Jefferies’ House, Ewell Road “Jefferies left school at fifteen and at first continued his habits of solitary wanderings about the local countryside. He dressed carelessly and allowed his hair to grow down to his collar. This, with his “bent form and long, rapid stride made him an object of wonder in the … Continue reading Walking in Richard Jefferies’ Footsteps, Monday May 7th 2018 →

29 Mar 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

In the footsteps of Richard Jefferies – Part One

Did you know that one of our most cherished and important nature writers lived in Tolworth? Richard Jefferies (1848-1887) was born in Coate in Wiltshire, but moved to live in Tolworth, at 296 Ewell Road, from 1877 – 1882. During this time he wrote what is acknowledged to be his finest writing, some of which … Continue reading In the footsteps of Richard Jefferies – Part One →

05 Mar 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

The Memory Tree and a Sunday Stroll to the Moated Manor

The Tolworth Memory Tree has taken root at the Court Farm Cafe – Alison Fure has created a tree, and it even has mistletoe! The tree is starting to bloom and sprout memories of Tolworth. We would like it to blossom with as many memories from as many people as possible. The tree will still … Continue reading The Memory Tree and a Sunday Stroll to the Moated Manor →

20 Feb 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

Museum of Futures Visual Poetry Exhibition 2018

I am delighted to be performing a new collaboration with Susie Campbell at the opening of the Museum of Futures Visual Poetry exhibition, this Thursday, 22nd February. I am also thrilled to have a piece of work in the show. Last year Susie and I had great fun writing and performing a piece about soil, … Continue reading Museum of Futures Visual Poetry Exhibition 2018 →

19 Feb 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

Walking the Tolworth Edgelands

Come and discover some of Tolworth’s ‘edgelands’ – find out what edgelands are and why they are important. This is the second of our ‘Tolworth Treasure and the Hogsmill Hum’ walks of 2018. The walk takes places on Sunday 25th February from 11am-2pm. Facebook event here We will meet outside the Hogsmill Pub (KT4 7PY) … Continue reading Walking the Tolworth Edgelands →

14 Feb 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

Walk the Hogsmill (Meeting the Tree)

It was about as wet a day as it is possible to have in January, without it snowing. Persistent, doggedly determined precipitation meant that, understandably, many people who had been in touch to say they would be joining the walk, cancelled when they saw the weather that morning. But twelve intrepid adventurers gathered at the … Continue reading Walk the Hogsmill (Meeting the Tree) →

07 Jan 2018 | Tracey M Benson

Ways of seeing Country: Songlines and Dombrovskis

Today it was hot. REALLY HOT. Apparently at 2pm the thermometer reached 40.6 at the Epic Exhibition Centre. It was even hotter in Western Sydney so I guess we should be counting our blessings. Our strategy for beating the heat today was to get to some places with air conditioning – mainly because we have […]

05 Jan 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

Tolworth Treasure & The Hogsmill Hum

FREE Walks and Workshops for 2018 with Alison Fure and Lucy Furlong Walk the Hogsmill River and explore the green fields of Tolworth. Experience the wildlife, learn about the environment, discover the hidden heritage. Please ‘like’ and follow the facebook page www.facebook.com/tolworthtreasure for more information and updates about events WALK THE HOGSMILL First walk of … Continue reading Tolworth Treasure & The Hogsmill Hum →

07 Dec 2017 | LucyFurLeaps

Writers’ Centre Kingtson Event: Hoping

I will be doing a short poetry reading this evening, the last one this year, as part of the Writers’ Centre Kingston literary event on ‘Hoping’. It is FREE and being held at the MINIMA Yacht Club, along Kingston High Street. Reading alongside me are Sarah Dawson and Gale Burns, prelude to the main speakers: … Continue reading Writers’ Centre Kingtson Event: Hoping →

20 Nov 2017 | Tracey M Benson

Journeys to the one water

Saturday was the first time I had seen the Pacific ocean for a while. I always feel a return to centre, a sense of humility and awe when I gaze out on to that immense blue. It was the first body of water that I remember swimming in, though somewhat further north, and over the […]

15 Nov 2017 | LucyFurLeaps

Tolworth Treasure

What kind of Five Year Plan should Tolworth have? I would like to see a commitment to keep and manage its green spaces sensitively – because they are what make Tolworth special. I was shocked to hear Tolworth referred to as a ‘ghetto’ by staff and students at Kingston University while I was studying there. … Continue reading Tolworth Treasure →

10 Nov 2017 | Tracey M Benson

From the Archive: Scalpland (1995-1996)

This post was originally posted on Geokult in 2011 – https://geokult.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/scalpland-poetic-performance-1995-1996/ Background This performance based work was initially presented as part of course work for Postgraduate Diploma at the University of Queensland, Department of Art History Visiting Scholar program in 1995. It was later presented at Volt:the new performance at the Institute of Modern Art, […]

27 Oct 2017 | Tracey M Benson

Trees, Elders & Cross Species Connections

Since I have been in Norway, the theme of trees has appeared over and over again. The tree is a metaphor for time and family as well as a connection to the natural world. It makes complete sense here too as Norway has lots of magnificent forests. I have met many tree Elders on my […]

21 Oct 2017 | Tracey M Benson

Waters of the Past @ RIXC Open Fields, Riga

Keywords migration, journeying, sustainability, augmented reality, place, ecology, art, identity Overview This presentation focuses on a project-in-progress titled Waters of the Past. The project has emerged from residencies in the Faroe Islands, Iceland, New Zealand and Norway in 2016-17. Waters of the Past explores the iconography of the sea and natural environment as a juxtaposition […]

30 Aug 2017 | LucyFurLeaps

#SourcePark Hastings

A week staying in a tiny cottage in Hastings Old Town took on a new significance for my scooter-obsessed son when we discovered, on our second day here, that a 20 minute walk along the promenade would take us to The Source Park – the world’s largest underground skatepark. The Source building was originally the … Continue reading #SourcePark Hastings →