Sculpt and Run was a cross-cultural event, where running and art making were brought together to celebrate two parallel cultures within a community of over 300,000 residents.
Artist Thomas Cuthbertson, invited people to enter a race, which took place between two of Milton Keynes' most renowned sculpture parks. The selected route followed a mile-long trail of public art installations on Midsummer Boulevard in Central Milton Keynes; starting at the ‘Light Pyramid’ (Liliane Lijn, 2012) in Campbell Park and finishing at ‘3B Series, No.2’ (Bernard Schottlander, 1968-70) in Fred Roche Gardens. Prior to the run participants were welcomed to attend a series of evening workshops where space and materials were provided to help them develop a wearable sculpture that they could adorn during the race.
Prizes were awarded on the day to the ‘Fastest Artist’, ‘Best Design Wearable Sculpture’ and ‘Most Collateral Damage’.
The project is the start of a conversation about the ‘collective ritual’ of running and art-making and its impact on our cultural identity in Milton Keynes.
Thomas Cuthbertson is a visual artist and film-maker living and working in Milton Keynes.
“My work is located somewhere between visual storytelling and collage. I collect sounds and images as a starting point for ideas to grow into forms of illustration, photography, animation and video. I enjoy developing stories out of ordinary instances and re-interpreting everyday experiences, drawing from observation and memory alike.
I have worked on animated films with collaborators ranging from ages 5 to 25 years old - across primary, secondary school and extracurricular clubs. Independent and collaborative films have been shown across the UK in cinemas such as ICA London, Derby QUAD, Phoenix Leicester and Milton Keynes Gallery.
I also manage PRESS - a risograph printing press based in Milton Keynes, specialising in art prints, zines and independent publications.”
Sculpt and Run was supported by Milton Keynes Community Foundation. Thomas and Tracing the Pathway would like to also thank The Parks Trust.