Mariana Castillo Deball: Walking through the town I followed a pattern on the pavement that became the magnified silhouette of a woman’s profile

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, England’s Creative Coast has been postponed to Spring 2021. Full details of launch dates will be announced in Autumn 2020.


Mariana Castillo Deball’s diverse, kaleidoscopic practice combines visual art with archaeology, science and history to make installations, performances, sculptures and text-based pieces. She focuses on different forms and languages to reveal the role of objects and stories in our histories and identities. For Waterfronts, Deball will draw on both the ancient and more recent geological and social history of the area.

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.

The beautiful and dramatic landscape of England’s Creative Coast has inspired artists for centuries and in 2021, 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 coastlines 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. 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.


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 at www.englandscreativecoast.com and find further cultural adventures.


Image: courtesy England’s Creative Coast

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