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Blink! art exhibition in Sheerness for town's lights switch-on

A mini Millennium Dome with five 'eye' pods has arrived on the Isle of Sheppey.

The free outdoor art exhibition supported by Sittingbourne-based Ideas Test has been viewed across Britain and will end its tour at Beachfields, Sheerness, on Saturday. Engineers began building the dome on Wednesday.

Blink! in Beachfields, Sheerness
Blink! in Beachfields, Sheerness

Producer Kat Pegler said: "It is a huge installation. We are very excited to bring it to Kent."

Visitors can explore giant 'eyes' and take part in activities by leaving messages of hope on phones or writing words and watching them disappear in display tanks.

Each ‘eye’ has been created by artists commissioned by young producers aged from 18 to 25 from across England including Swale and Medway.

The team has researched 100 years since the end of the First World War as part of a year-long project called Paper Peace using information from the The Huguenot Museum in Rochester and Medway Archives Centre.

Kat said: "We uncovered really special stories about people who deserve to be celebrated. They are peace heroes we should all be proud of."

The Blink art installation ends its UK tour at Beachfields, Sheerness, Sheppey on Saturday, November 30, from 5pm. This is the tent in Dewsbury. Picture: Kat Pelger
The Blink art installation ends its UK tour at Beachfields, Sheerness, Sheppey on Saturday, November 30, from 5pm. This is the tent in Dewsbury. Picture: Kat Pelger

Medway artist Natasha Steer said: "Our eye is called Exploration to provoke conversations about peace and provide a space to meditate.”

The pod includes donations from Sittingbourne Aldi and features songs from choirs including Rochester’s The Big Sing, Gillingham’s Rivermead School and Sheppey’s own Sounds Familiar.

Ideas Test’s director Lucy Medhurst said: "We are proud to be working on Blink. It is a really important time to be thinking about peace.

"We've had great support from both Medway and Swale councils to bring this event to Sheerness. We hope everyone will love Blink and come together to celebrate peace and put Swale on the map.”

The project has been masterminded by Daniel Bernstein, executive director of Emergency Exit Arts. The tour kicked off in Dewsbury on November 9 and has been to Stoke-on-Trent and Peterborough.

The Blink art installation ends its UK tour at Beachfields, Sheerness, Sheppey on Saturday, November 30, from 5pm. This example is from artist Natasha Steer. Picture: Kat Pelger
The Blink art installation ends its UK tour at Beachfields, Sheerness, Sheppey on Saturday, November 30, from 5pm. This example is from artist Natasha Steer. Picture: Kat Pelger

The dome opens at 5pm after the Sheerness Lantern Parade and Christmas Lights switch-on and closes at 9pm with last admission at 8.30pm.

For more information visit www.ideastest.org.uk/event/blink-sheerness/


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