England’s Creative Coast

Seaside towns alive with creativity, breathtaking coastal landscape and some of the most thought-provoking contemporary art being produced today – England’s Creative Coast spans 1400km of shoreline from the South Downs to the Thames Estuary.

This beautiful and dramatic landscape has inspired artists for centuries and in 2020, seven new site-specific artworks by seven international contemporary artists – Andreas Angelidakis, Mariana Castillo Deball, Holly Hendry, Jasleen Kaur, Katrina Palmer, Pilar Quinteros and Michael Rakowitz – will connect the coastline of Essex, Kent and East Sussex and the world-class arts organisations in these places.

The Waterfronts series of artworks will be set in the landscape of Margate, Folkestone, Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea, Eastbourne, Gravesend and Southend-on-Sea. Launching on 16 April 2020, these temporary works will open sequentially over the summer and be on display until 8 November.

Taking the border between land and water as their inspiration, each artist will respond to these unique coastal locations, focusing on issues, stories and questions related to the area to offer fresh perspectives on each place.

Mariana Castillo Deball (b.1975, Mexico City. Lives and works in Berlin) is working with Towner to create a new commision for Eastbourne. 

Other artists commissioned along the coast include:

England’s Creative Coast encompasses a whole cultural travel experience. Through the world’s first art GeoTour, you will be able to game as you move through the landscape, discovering the commissioned artworks, finding hidden gems and geocaches created by the communities that live there in these coastal towns through a digital treasure trail that extends into the surrounding landscape.

To plan your trip to see these time-limited artworks you can curate your own journey using the England’s Creative Coast itinerary website and find further cultural adventures across Essex and Medway.

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Englands Creative Coast is led by Turner Contemporary and Visit Kent and aims to inspire visitors to the region.

Towner Eastbourne, the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, Hastings Contemporary, Creative Folkestone, Turner Contemporary in Margate, Cement Fields in Gravesend and Metal in Southend-on-Sea have joined forces for the first time to pioneer this cultural travel experience.

The project is principally funded by Arts Council England’s Cultural Destinations programme and VisitEngland through the Discover England Fund, supported by South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), East Sussex County Council, Kent County Council, Essex County Council, Visit Essex, Southend Borough Council, Experience West Sussex, Historic Dockyard Chatham and Southeastern.