W.A.L.K. is a research centre at the University of Sunderland (W.A.L.K. Walking, Art, Landskip and Knowledge) co-founded by Prof. Brian Thompson, Dr. Tim Brennan and Dr. Mike Collier.

In recent years, there has been increased interest (both practical and theoretical) in ‘art walking’. It is a subject that has attracted critical attention in a number of disciplines, including anthropology and tourism, Health Science as well as Art and Design. We believe that the centre will become very significant in its role as a ‘custodian’ and critical friend for the practice of ‘art walking’ and the relationship of ‘art walking’ to the practice of painting, sculpture, photography, music and performance.