England’s Creative Coast

Led by Turner Contemporary and Visit Kent, England’s Creative Coast is a new outdoor cultural experience taking place from May until November 2021.

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.

England’s Creative Coast is a landmark project between seven outstanding arts organisations — Cement Fields, Creative Folkestone, De La Warr Pavilion, Hastings Contemporary, Metal, Towner Eastbourne, and Turner Contemporary — to create a new outdoor cultural experience that connects art with landscape and local stories with global perspectives. It brings together the Waterfronts commissions and the world’s first art GeoTour, with each partner presenting their own section of the project and a local engagement programme at its heart.

Curated by Tamsin Dillon, Waterfronts introduces new works from internationally-acclaimed artists: Andreas Angelidakis, Mariana Castillo-Deball, Holly Hendry, Jasleen Kaur, Katrina Palmer, Pilar Quinteros, and Michael Rakowitz. 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 present her Waterfronts commission for Eastbourne, Walking through the town I followed a pattern on the pavement that became the magnified silhouette of a woman’s profile 

The other Waterfronts commissions include:

Sarah Dance, Project Director of England’s Creative Coast, states: “Conceived as a project outside of gallery walls, England’s Creative Coast offers a naturally socially-distanced experience that connects people and places across the extraordinary network of arts organisations along the South East coast. We hope that in these troubled times these site-specific art commissions and geocache trail brimming with seaside tales inspire creativity through adventure.”

England’s Creative Coast is led by Turner Contemporary and Visit Kent, and principally funded by Arts Council England and VisitEngland through the Discover England Fund. 

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


Image: courtesy England’s Creative Coast