from Kai Sing Tan:

This is a call for artworks, provocations and papers to launch a new arts practice-led research network, Running Artfully Network (‘RAN’) that I co-lead. RAN seeks to reimagine running as an artistic intervention for our time of multiple global crises, to create a more equitable and creative future. For RAN’s online launch on 26 February 2021 (save the date), there will be £250X2 inaugural awards (one for person new to art or art+running), courtesy of Fermynwoods Contemporary Art. Read call below, and visit the links for further contexts and references and the RUN! RUN! RUN! Biennale #r3fest which RAN draws on. All kinds of ‘running’, ‘art’ and ‘papers’ welcome! Please share widely. Cheers.


Can art and running catalyse artful ways forward for a more equitable post-pandemic future?

The Running Artfully Network (RAN) is a new international artist-led group that brings communities and experts together to reframe running as an artistic intervention to unpick our time of multiple global crises, and to create a more equitable and creative future. To celebrate its online launch, we’re inviting the submission of proposals for art-inspired running or running-inspired art that outlines new insights into the climate crisis, inequality, the threat of technology, or mental health. You will present your proposals in the form of presentations that last no more than 8 minutes. This could be in the form of a presentation of the documentation of your work, or in the form of a micro-workshop or enactment, online intervention, performance-lecture and so on. The top two selected works will be awarded £250 each from the inaugural RAN Award. One of them will be for a Newcomer (defined as someone with less than three years of practice or research in art, or art using running). We also welcome ‘traditional’ academic papers and other provocations in response to the theme, also within the 8-minute time-limit.

Submission Format:

Abstract/proposal: <500 words
Bio/Artist Statement: <500 words
Images and links to previous work may be included
Total file size cannot exceed 3 pages A4 PDF and 10MB
Email to:


31/01/2021: 11:59 GMT Deadline for proposals
07/02/2021: Selection and notification
18/02/2021: Final abstracts
26/02/2021: Running Artfully Network Launch and Celebration, ending with an open discussion on next steps.

Selection Panel and RAN founding members:

Kai Syng Tan (RUN! RUN! RUN! Biennale #r3fest founder and Running Cultures Research Group lead)
James Steventon (Director, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art)
Veronique Chance (Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University)
Lisa Stansbie (Fields of Vision and Axisweb lead)
Matti Tainio (University of Turku, Pori University Consortium, Finland)
Elisa Herera Altamirano (Capicúa Mov Lab lead, Mexico/Spain)
Beth Clayton (UK)