Installations and projects 2014
We had several special projects and installations linked to or created especially for this year’s Summer Squall
Changing Tides – Blue Plaques to the Everyday Folk
A temporary Blue Plaque Trail showed off another side to Ramsgate’s history. Part of a collaborative project with Ramsgate Arts, The Ramsgate Society and Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School, students researched how Ramsgate has changed over time and what this tells us about how it may look in the future. An exhibition at the Ramsgate Society shop on Harbour Street of work by students closed the project which was developed and organised by Xanthe Pitt, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
We had our first Artist in Residence project, funded by Arts Council England. We chose Theresa Smith from Mooch to create a special installation on top of the loo block on the harbour, which is alongside the obelisk erected to mark the appointment of the ‘royal’ to the harbour by King George IV in 1821. The resulting artwork, a 4.5mtr high crown, was in place until 20 October. Made from crushed plastic bottles, collected from the beach, the illuminated crown has been a delight for everyone to see. We are now working with Theresa on the possibility of making a permanent feature for the harbour area.
Thanet Open Studios 9/10/16/17/23/24/25 August
Initiated with the Squall back in 2011, the programme is nowadays run by a collective of artists. This year Mike Samson, Emily Tull, Mike Child and Denis Smith organised a total of 43 artists across Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Westgate, Minster and Birchington who opened their studios for the public to explore the processes, sources of inspiration and working practices of artists across various disciplines. The full programme of all the studios is available to download here.
People across Thanet joined in making a textile decoration, hung on the cliff near the Ramsgate Tunnels, in commemoration of the soldiers of WW1 and other wars. The project was created and has been led by Jeni Butler.
photo: Kent Mathews