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Creative Coast art project in three Kent towns, coinciding with the Turner Prize

By Angela Cole

Three Kent coastal towns have been chosen to have specially commissioned art projects as part of a national project.

Margate, Folkestone and Gravesend are all to have the works created for them by contemporary artists for England's Creative Coast, which aims to connect the coastline of Kent, Essex and East Sussex, and is led by Turner Contemporary and Visit Kent.

The project also includes the world's first art GeoTour.

Margate Harbour Arm
Margate Harbour Arm

The first artwork, by American artist Michael Rakowitz, will be launched in Margate next spring.

He said: “There are many things that interest and excite me about the prospect of making a site-specific work in Margate. The history of poets and rescuers looking out at the sea for inspiration and life has informed my project, as has the fossil bearing rock of the coast, which reminds me that stone is an archive."

Turner Contemporary will host the Turner Prize
Turner Contemporary will host the Turner Prize

As part of the project, local artists will also host people in their homes while the Turner Prize exhibition is on display at the Margate gallery.

Pilar Quinteros will work with Creative Folkestone as part of Folkestone Triennial 2020 on her artwork while Jasleen Kaur will create hers for Gravesend. They could be sculpture, land drawing, painting, sound and video, and will all be along the coastline.

Folkestone Harbour Arm is part of the project
Folkestone Harbour Arm is part of the project

The Arts Council England and Visit England-funded plan also includes the world's first art GeoTour using GPS-enabled geocaching technology to share stories of the South East.

Organisers want to inspire visitors to take a "cultural adventure" seeing the artworks and taking part in the GeoTour, with ideas on where to visit, and where to stay in the county.

Creative Coast director Sarah Dance said: “Our exceptional galleries and arts organisations are helping to lead the transformation of our towns. By working with the local communities and international artists to create place-specific work and by putting arts and culture at the core of the tourism offer, England’s Creative Coast is creating a truly new visitor experience."

Deirdre Wells from Visit Kent added: “Whether it's exploring our wonderful galleries, spending time with and seeing an artist at work in their own home or taking part in our new Geo-caching experiences, this project will give our visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy great art, great food and great hospitality.”

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