The Kent Cultural Baton is a mobile artwork, which traveled the county of Kent asking people to share local stories and giving them the chance to learn about their area’s past. Kent County Council commission my idea, I delivered the majority of the engagement activities and invited guest artists to help contribute to the project. The Baton has engaged 10,204 direct participants and has worked with over 80 partners across Kent to deliver events with communities, and has attracted high profile international artists to make new artworks for Kent. This included the Cultural Map of the Beasts, Legends and Arts of Kent by Nicole Mollett which was the result of two years of researching Kent history, whilst delivering a live programme of workshops, and participatory events.
The Atlas of Kent is a snapshot of the projects which happened inside the Kent Cultural Baton on its Grand Tour of Kent which reveal the texture and character of this creative county. The book contains contributions from the following artists and writers; Erin Newell, Bridgette Ashton, Jon Adams, Duncan Ward, Charlotte Warne Thomas, Amy Curtis, Workers of Art, The Big Fish, Mark Sosbe, Steve MacPherson Rosa Ainley, Animate and Create, Jane Pitt, Sally O’Reilly, Acrojou, Simon Barker, Nick Snelling, Abake, Iain Aitch, Sue Jones, Gayle Chong Kwan, Peter Fillingham, Colin Priest, Jeremy Millar, Lloyd Durling, Maggie Rose, Toni Batey, The Batons, Emrys Plant, Tom Swift, Stour Valley Arts, Matt Rowe, Dolores de Sade, Ros Barker & Franny Swann, Luce Choules, Martin Latham, Nick Jordan, Jacob Cartwright, Jessica Ackermann, Cara Flynn, Brian Dillon, Adam Chodzko, and FAF Arts.
To download and read use this link; http://kentculturalbaton.com/atlas/AtlasOfKentBook.pdf
March – September 2012
Hand-painted wooden signs in various locations across Kent.
During the Olympic Torch Relay, I encouraged people to anonymously donate their ‘secrets’ about a place in Kent. These ‘secrets’ could be facts, fables or personal stories, moments or memories that help to uncover the hidden wonders of the county and its communities.
Share a Secret is a collection of unusual facts about Kent. A selection of the secrets were transformed into public artworks, I employed traditional a craftsman to produce 6 unique site specific hand-painted signs. These individual artworks have been given for permanent display to communities within Kent.
Sonic sculptural installation on the Danes Paper Site, Queenborough, Isle of Sheppey, July 3rd-5th 2009
White umbrella spheroid shapes emitting a mixture of industrial recordings appeared on the development site. This absurd invasion was part of the Art at the Centre public art programme for 2009. Working with Queenborough School pupils and local sound artists, sounds were collected from the surrounding industrial and natural environment emanated from these umbrella sculptures. The umbrellas were gifted to the community centre when the project ended.