Baltic Wharf Arts Programme – EVENT – SATURDAY 19th SEPTEMBER 2015

7th September 2015

Baltic Wharf Arts Programme – EVENT – SATURDAY 19th SEPTEMBER 2015

Join writer, performer and ambulatory researcher Phil Smith on a performance walk exploring Baltic Wharf in Totnes. Phil, an Associate Professor (Reader) at the University of Plymouth, is a member of Wrights & Sites, a group of artists whose research is focused on their relationships to places, cities, landscapes and walking. Find out more at 

Baltic Wharf is a 26 acre riverside development on the edge of Totnes, Devon that will see the redevelopment of the historic boatyard as well as the creation of new housing by Bloor Homes and a retirement home. The development will open up riverside access to the public including a public square. A significant amount of green space is being retained with new play areas, and the pretty footpath to Sharpham passes alongside. It is anticipated that Baltic Wharf will also include a new cafe and several retail units including artist live/work space.

Suzanne Heath was commissioned to write an arts strategy for the development, with the aim of commissioning a range of local, national and international artists to respond to and create a range of work for the site as the development progresses. 

Around Baltic Wharf and its neighbouring paths, Phil will set in motion a multitude of journeys: butterfly flittings, cargoes of timber trading, circling buzzards, the magnetic attraction of mines, leaps, launches and the spongey walk of Scandinavian sailors. Phil, a pioneer of mythogeography noted for his mis-guided tours and books on walking, will illuminate the mottled history of a small part of the Western bank of the Dart with accidental land art, zig zags, bullets in joists, tales from Gdansk and migrant oaks. In the shadow of the new housing development, walls will rise and windows open all around.

Walks are suitable for children aged 10+ and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear - walks will go ahead whatever the weather.

A limited number of free tickets are available for students and those on benefits. Please call 07843 417474 or email if you would like to reserve one of these.