Artists set to transform Chatham and Rochester Riverside


Medway Matters

Chatham and Rochester Riverside is to transform this summer as artists and local community groups come together to create specially commissioned creations.

From June to August, the waterfront areas will feature a range of art work and activities such as sculptures, performances and much more.

Six artists, two of them local to Medway, will lead public art project named IN-SITE and will work with local communities that live and currently use the riverside area.

Rochester Riverside Roller skaters, Hyde Housing and a Medway Regeneration Ambassador are among the local groups taking part in IN-SITE, a project funded by Arts Council England South East, with match funding from the Growing Places Fund.

The six appointed artists will work collaboratively in pairs on three commissioned works. The commissions were open to artists working in the South East with a particular emphasis on Medway.

The artists include:

• Jane Pitt from Rochester – an interdisciplinary artist from a visual and live arts background with a particular, focus on sound.
• Christopher Sacre from Chatham – a visual artist specialising in sculpture.
• Nicola Flower from Maidstone – a visual artist working in textiles and illustration.
• Daisy Farris from Tunbridge Wells – a dancer and choreographer.
• Caitlin Heffernan from Brighton – a visual artist working in installation.
• Stuart Bowditch from Essex – a recordist, artist and musician specialising in sound.

Lead artist Katayoun Dowlatshahi will support the selected six. Katayoun has significant experience of working on a number of public commissions across the UK, integrating contemporary art into new city developments and heritage locations.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: “This project provides a unique opportunity for artists to develop new work and will enable local community groups to get involved by working alongside the artists. It is hoped these exciting art projects will attract more people to the evolving Rochester Riverside area.”

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