A live art odyssey on foot from London to Wales 2021
HOME-ing is an ambitious new letter-costume project. 'HOME' has been made into a whole word costume with wheels, that I plan to walk in from my home in South London to my childhood home in Mid-Wales. Setting off on 22nd June this will be a personal odyssey that retraces the journey my family made when I was a child in the 1970s, as we moved from the city to rural Wales. A film will be made of the journey and the many encounters I have with people along the way, asking them about their experiences of home and how it has been impacted over the last year through the COVID lockdowns.
This page will be used to put up information about the project as it unfolds and eventually will give access to the film of HOME-ing.
See below for more information, the walking schedule, a map link, press release and links to press coverage.
Follow harrietlhill on Instagram for daily updates throughout the journey: #homeingproject
Photos by Daniel Crawshaw and Harriet Hill
The costume has been constructed from yellow, waterproof cotton canvas over a steel, bamboo and fibreglass frame. Running on two 20" bike wheels, it has an integral tent and storage spaces for everything I need to make 'home' each night. I will have a walking companion with me most days and will be stopping for day residencies at various Arts Centres along the route. See full schedule below for information on where I will be and when.
I have been awarded a National Lottery Project Grant from Arts Council England to undertake the trip and collaborate again with George and Isaac Baggaley to produce a film. View a short film of a previous H.O.M.E. walkabout project visit here:
The HOME-ing costume and film are to be exhibited in Helsinki in September 2021 as part of the Mobile Feminist Library's exhibition "Companions" at the Forum Box Gallery.
HOME-ing walking schedule and link to map:
PRESS COVERAGE (click on link)
HOME-ing: a live art odyssey on foot from London to Wales
Wearing a costume of the word ‘HOME’, artist Harriet Hill will perform a month-long walk from her home in South-East London to her childhood home in Mid Wales. En route she will talk to people about what the word means to them and how that has been affected by the pandemic; interactions that will be recorded and edited into a film to be exhibited alongside the costume in a group show in Helsinki this coming September.
With funding from a National Lottery Project Grant from Arts Council England, Harriet will set off on 22nd June, arriving at her childhood home on 25th July. Accompanied each day by a walking companion, her route passes through Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and finally into Powys. As she walks, Harriet will be stopping off for day residencies at several local arts centres: the Feminist Library, Peckham; HOME on the High Street, Slough; OVADA, Oxford; About Face Theatre Company, Leominster; and finally The Sidney Nolan Trust, Presteigne.
Harriet’s costume is made from yellow canvas over a bamboo and fibreglass frame mounted on a pair of 20” bike wheels. Inside the word is everything the artist needs to make home for the month of the walk - from a pull-out tent to a solar charger. The work builds on a previous project in which volunteers wearing the letters H, O, M, and E interviewed members of the public about what home means to them. A film of this project can be viewed at
HOME-ing embodies the universal and the personal. It is a bold, walking word sculpture that will capture people’s imagination as it passes by. As she journeys, Harriet will explore how her childhood experience of moving from urban South London to rural Wales in the 1970s made her feel both an outsider and at home in the two locations. Passing through many diverse communities she will investigate the commonalities and differences in how people relate to home, revealing a snap-shot of the British public at this transitional moment in UK history.
Harriet is a visual artist with a distinction in MFA in Textiles from Goldsmiths University. She creates sculpture, site-specific installation and interactive live art that explores the emotive qualities of materials, physical space and social frameworks. Her work has been selected for Politics in Art show at MOCAK, Krakow 2022 and she was commissioned by Art in the Churches in 2019 to create an installation in rural Yorkshire. Details of other work and exhibitions can be found at:
“HOME is a potent word, particularly now with Brexit, the refugee crisis, rising homelessness and the impact of COVID lockdowns. It can mean a place, a physical structure, a deep emotional bond or an absence of any of these. For me, wearing this unwieldy costume is an absurdist personal and political act; a visualisation of liberation and ties, the burden and comfort and feelings of belonging and isolation that ”home” can be.” - Harriet Hill
For further information please contact: Harriet Hill - - 07931213438
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This QR code will offer a direct link to the HOME-ing web page:
PARTNER WEBSITES (click on link)