Clare Qualmann

Gossip and Nonsense - Chinese Whispers I have been working throughout 2013, 2014 and 2015 on this project with Emily Butterworth at King's College. Connecting with Emily's research we have held several live games of Chinese Whispers, using the process of passing words from person to person (with the resulting shifts and deterioration in meaning) to make paralels with the movement of rumour and gossip. Some background to the project can be found here, images from the games here, and letterpress prints of the resulting texts here.


Huntly Perambulator was a month long in-depth version of the Perambulator project commissioned by Deveron Arts for the town of Huntly in Aberdeenshire. Completed in May 2014 the project is fully documented on a project blog here:


Perambulator is a walk that explores navigation, way finding and collective decision making (with the added encumbrance of prams).
Participants decide on the day where to go and how to get there using a range of tools: from local knowledge to locative media, observing the inaccessibilities and obstructions that impact on our route as we go.

Performed as part of 'Chain' at Lewisham Art House, 24th May 2012. See more from the walk here.


Homage to Mrs. Rowlatt, or, there's no such thing as black felt tips (from the series 'everything I learned in science'). A performative testing of the hypothesis.

The conversation went some thing like this:
Me: Science is interesting
Gail: Hmm
Me: I wish I’d engaged with it at school
Gail: Hmm
Me: I don’t think I can remember anything that I learned in science at school
Gail: really?
Me: yep….. Well apart from this experiment we did with Mrs. Rowlatt in the first year.……………………….

performed as part of 'Correspondence' 25th and 26th June 2010 at London Metropolitan University. Read more about it, and see photos from the performance here.


The Nightwash Laundry Chorus, was part of Spinning Stories, a collaborative project with Emily Butterworth, from King's College London, and The Women's Library.

On the 14th October 2010 around 20 people gathered to perform (sing, chant, read and shout) the instructions in my local launderette.

More information about the project can be found at: