Geocache Art Tour (England’s Creative Coast)

Offsite, various locations around Eastbourne. Part of England’s Creative Coast.

Family-friendly & suitable for those new to geocaching. Geocaches are accessible locations within walking distance (all 3 can be reached within 30mins on foot) and are conveniently located near public toilets and cafes.

Take part in the world’s first art GeoTour! Using the free Geocaching app, follow the digital GPS trail to hunt out a series of hidden objects and uncover Towner’s unique series of geocaches at various locations around Eastbourne. Then log your finds to uncover the hidden stories of Eastbourne, both of now and in the past.

This tour starts at Towner Eastbourne and you can enjoy Eastbourne’s coastline before arriving at the foot of the South Downs. From here continue to Whitbred Hollow and experience Mariana Castillo Deball’s Waterfronts commission, up close.

The GeoTour involves a series of objects hidden in the landscape. Each object has a QR code through which you can listen to an audio work. To take part you’ll need to download the GeoCaching.com app onto a GPS-enabled device and to travel to Towner Eastbourne.

Amy Leung worked with young people from Eastbourne’s YMCA LGBTQ+ group, over Zoom, to develop ideas and processes for the objects (caches). She has made a series of brightly coloured sculptures using the engraved marks, embellished surfaces and textures the young people made. The group became familiar Mariana Castillo Deball’ commission, and the images of the St Anne’s Hill excavation in 1997 she references. Amy incorporated the young people’s zoomorphic (animal-related) designs, which are inspired by the Anglo-Saxon grave finds. The results are truly unique in colour, texture and imagery. And a fantastic treasure for you to find!

Karolina Raczynski has made a new audio work, Dig Deep, which you can listen to when you find each of Amy’s sculptures. For this project Karolina is interested in identity, movement, belonging, and female experience. She used Zoom to record memories and stories of people who took part in or have a connection to the St Anne’s Hill archaeological dig. Once she was able to, Karolina visited and recorded the sounds of the places people had spoken about. The resulting work Dig Deep shares memories, stories and through field recordings the feelings of these locations. Listening to this you will sense the patience, care, excitement, thrill and wonder of uncovering such fascinating objects and stories… when you find the cache!

Download a beautiful geocaching guide by Somang Lee to support you to get involved (available shortly).

Photo: Thierry Bal

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