Hamish Fulton

Hamish Fulton (born 1946) is a British walking artist. Since 1972 he has only made works based on the experience of walks.[1] He translates his walks into a variety of media, including photography, illustrations, and wall texts. Since 1994 he has begun practicing group walks.[2] Fulton argues that 'walking is an artform in its own right' and argues for wider acknowledgement of walking art.[3] Hamish Fulton is represented in London by Maureen Paley.


He first attended the art foundation course at Hammersmith College of Art. With help from a tutor (David Hall) he was accepted straight into the advanced course at Saint Martin's School of Art, London, 1966–68, and the following year studied at the Royal College of Art, London.[4]

Hamish Fulton: “seven paces” (2003)

Fulton follows a leave no trace ethic, and does not collect materials on his walks for display in galleries. Instead, his work combines text-based descriptions with a photograph, illustration, or, more recently, vinyl wall texts, to communicate his walks to viewers in a gallery.[5][6] His work is contained in major museums collections, such as the Tate Britain and MoMA.[7] Fulton has stated that walking is an experience not an art medium, and that he builds is an experience, not a sculpture'.[8] More recently, Fulton has referred to his walks as 'invisible objects' and has discussed his group walks as artworks that are created and observed by the participants.[1] Recently Fulton has emphasised the political aspects of his work,[9] particularly in concern to the situation in Tibet and the degradation of the environment.[3]

In 1994 Fulton first experimented with the creation of group walks, while working side-by-side with Marina Abramovica at CCA Kitakyushu. He has created a variety of group walks since, including Slowalk (In Support of Ai Weiwei) (2011) in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern to bring attention to the restrictions on artist Ai Weiwei's freedom of travel and artistic production.[2] In 2003 he worked with artist Christine Quoiraud on a series of group walks in France. Since working with Quoiraud, Fulton has since adopted her style of equi-spaced walking during his group walks.[10]

Solo Exhibitions



  1. 1 2 Fulton, Hamish (2007). Interview with Peter Lodermeyer for Personal Structure (PDF). Time-Space-Existence. p. 181.
  2. 1 2 St.Moritz Art Masters (2012-08-31), St.Moritz Art Masters 2012 - Hamish Fulton Artist Talk, retrieved 2016-07-06
  3. 1 2 Watkins, Jonathan; Pomery, Victoria (2012-02-28). Walking in Relation to Everything: Hamish Fulton. Ikon Gallery Ltd. ISBN 9781904864745.
  4. Oxford Art Online
  5. Bevan, Roger (1990). "Hamish Fulton. Mexico City". The Burlington Magazine. 132 (1047): 440–441.
  6. Boetzkes, Amanda (2010). The Ethics of Earth Art. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. p. 60.
  7. "Hamish Fulton | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  8. Heddon, Deirdre; Klein, Jennie (2012-12-07). Histories and Practices of Live Art. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 98. ISBN 9781137272317.
  9. Bellet, Propos recueillis par Harry (2010-06-08). "Pour Hamish Fulton, la création artistique naît de la pratique intensive de la marche". Le Monde.fr (in French). ISSN 1950-6244. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  10. Quoiraud, Christine; Fulton, Hamish (2003-05-19). Walk Dance Art C° (in French). Trézélan: Filigranes Editions. ISBN 9782914381512.
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