A new, year-long project on the Isle of Sheppey for 18- 24 year olds. Working with Whitstable Biennale as lead artist, I am programming a series of artists to introduce the group to a range of creative practices- from visual artists, graphic designers, film makers, print makers and curators with side-lines in antiques dealing, cheese selling and fish mongering. Starting on the 02 August with a session led by myself, the group will work towards producing their own events on the Isle of Sheppey in summer 2017.
I was commissioned by the Whitstable Biennale to produce the project Good Tidings which took place over the summer of 2015 on the Isle of Sheppey, just a mile across the water from Whitstable. Good Tidings was funded through Ideas Test and brought together a group to deliver three public events over the summer, gathering a collection of beautiful things made, found or seen by Island residents.
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In 2012 I worked with Folded Sheet to produce an A0 printed guide to Thanet using all the visual and conversational information I collected through the Resort 2006 project.
This aural document was compiled over three months in summer 2006. Comments were collected through both planned visits and initiated conversations on the streets of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate.
In ancient times Thanet was an island and in 2006 it was on the cusp of economic and cultural development. It was an area often marketed and branded for developers and investors.
Resort aimed to collate and celebrate both the momentous and minutiae of life lived in this corner of east Kent: Where people were married, which of the public toilets in Ramsgate were still open, and which butterfly breeds had recently been spotted.
In 2012 already some of the buildings photographed and places described no longer exist. Current developments are drawing large numbers of new residents and visitors to the area. The landscape of everyday life in Thanet continues to shift.
This project was commissioned by Gallery IOTA in Ramsgate and culminated in an exhibition 18 August to 10 September 2006. The programme was funded through Arts Council South East.
With thanks to:
Phil Oldfield- Gallery IOTA
Rosanna Arbon- audio production
Chris George- photography and project support
Phil Collins- technical assistance
KLAT took place on the Kingsmead Estate and Sutton House (a National Trust property) both in Homerton, Hackney (where I also lived).
A team of artists (KLAT staff) were recruited to engage local residents in conversation through topics suggested by a printed KLAT Guide with the aim of finding something they have in common.
Later versions of the project were commissioned as part of [SPACE]'s Roman Roadparty and the Mile of Art event on Goldsmith's Row in the same year.