England’s Creative Coast is a landmark project to create a new outdoor cultural experience that connects art with landscape and local stories, as well as global perspectives. Seven new artworks are part of this project which links the coast to the artworks that are inspired by the landscape, three of which will be in Kent. The artworks take the border between land and water as their inspiration. These artworks include,  April is the cruellest month by Michael Rakowitz in Margate. A sculpture modelled after a young soldier reflects the trauma felt in fighting a war that the soldier grew to feel was unethical. In Gravesend from 22nd May 2021, The first thing I did was to kiss the ground by Jasleen Kaur. Inspired by Gravesend’s rich and complex history of migration, Kaur’s sculpture and sound-piece are located near the Thames' water’s edge and refers to the town's history of being the first point of disembarkation for West Indian immigrants arriving in the UK aboard the Empire Windrush in 1948. Her sound-piece explores the Saheli Women’s histories through their sound culture of “supplementary schooling to learn mother tongue, prayer, thought, instruments and religious song”. In Folkestone from 29th May 2021 the new piece, Janus Fortress Folkestone’by Pilar Quinteros. A sculpture inspired by ancient Roman religion and myth that symbolises the duality of borders: of looking outwards while protecting inwards, a dichotomy that the pandemic has made extremely pronounced.
Creative Coast is a celebration of coast and art, inspirational ideas for self-guided tours of the landscapes as well as the fantastic galleries, cultural sights and lots more (please see our separate listings on each piece for more details).


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