Seven new artworks by leading contemporary artists for England’s Creative Coast coming in 2020!

The beautiful and dramatic landscape of England’s Creative Coast has inspired artists for centuries and in 2020, a series of seven new site-specific artworks, entitled Waterfronts, 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 found here.

Curated by Tamsin Dillion, the artworks will be set in the landscape of Margate, Folkestone, Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea, Eastbourne, Gravesend and Southend-on-Sea. Launching in spring 2020, these temporary works will open sequentially over the summer and be on display until late autumn, ready for you to discover on one or multiple visits.

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.

  • Michael Rakowitz (b.1973, New York. Lives and works in Chicago) is working with Turner Contemporary for Margate

    Rakowitz reconstructs lost histories through his art, since 2006 seeking to reconstruct more than 8,000 artefacts from the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad that are missing, stolen, destroyed or ‘of status unknown’ following the 2003 invasion by the US-led coalition. He lives and works in Chicago, USA.

  • Mariana Castillo Deball (b.1975, Mexico City. Lives and works in Berlin) is working with Towner Eastbourne

    Deball mediates between science, archaeology and the visual arts to explore the ways in which these describe the world. She lives and works in Berlin.

  • Holly Hendry (TBC. Lives and works in London) is working with De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill-on-Sea

    Hendry makes sculptures and installations that give physical form to ideas around emptiness, edges, absence, flatness, fakes and forgeries — things that are missing and unknown. She lives and works in London.

  • Andreas Angelidakis (b. 1968, Athens, Greece. Lives and works in Athens) is working with Hastings Contemporary

    Angelidakis is interested in how people react to structures. His multi-disciplinary artworks try to make sense of where we are and how we got there. He lives and works in Athens.

  • Pilar Quinteros (b.1988 Santiago, Chile. Lives and works in Santiago) is working with Creative Folkestone as part of Folkestone Triennial 2020

    Quinteros works across drawing, video and sculpture, often using inexpensive materials. Her practice explores how one is affected by the context of a place and shaped by its norms, often through interventions in public places. She lives and works in Santiago, Chile.

  • Jasleen Kaur (b.1986 Glasgow. Lives and works in London) is working with Cement Fields in Gravesend

    Kaur investigates the hybridity of an ongoing exploration into the malleability of culture and the layering of social histories within materials and objects. She lives and works in London.

  • Katrina Palmer (b.1967, London. Lives and works in London) is working with Metal in Southend-on-Sea

    Palmer works with storytelling, distributing fragmented elements of narrative across found sites, audio environments, printed matter and performance. She lives and works in London.

England’s Creative Coast is led by Turner Contemporary and Visit Kent and 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 these artworks, collecting geocaching rewards and hidden gems along the way.

To plan your trip to see these time-limited artworks you can curate your own journey using this website and find further cultural adventures across Essex, Kent, East and West Sussex.