MURAL BY THE SEA - 4/ 5
'STILL HOLDING ON' - VALDA JACKSON
EDITION 4 / 5, which was open to all members of Spike Island artists' studio in Bristol, was awarded to Valda Jackson who's artwork 'Still Holding On' is a collage of photographs and sketches which talks of the childrens part of the Windrush generation ahead of Black History month in October
The images are set against an English oak backdrop, which Jackson describes as being “symbolic of tradition, permanence and home”. As a child immigrant of the generation herself, Jackson travelled with her sisters to join her parents in England from Jamaica at the age of five.
Jackson comments: “The piece has a cut and paste quality, reflecting what has been revealed to be the precarious nature of those who are part of this generation’s status in this country.
“The image poses uncomfortable questions around identity, belonging, responsibility, innocence and vulnerability. It explores contemporary issues around Britain’s role in Europe, the commonwealth and the world, and highlights the neglected and vulnerable victims of prejudice, nationalism and ignorance.”
About Valda Jackson
Valda Jackson was born in Blue Mountains, Jamaica and came to England at the age of five to join her parents and settle in Birmingham. She studied BA Fine Art in Bristol and post-graduate studies in Cardiff.
Jackson explores a history shared by many migrants. Her concerns relate to dislocation and identity. Through the visual arts – painting and sculpture, and in her writing and performance, Jackson employs memory fragments and historical truths that recall and re-imagine the past, questions our present, to impact the future.
Her work calls on her experience of a Jamaican British heritage, of growing up in a culture that sits, at times uncomfortably, within another that is larger, dominant and imperial. Jackson’s work is about our existence. It is about survival, individual entitlement and privilege, and above all, dignity. These themes extend themselves into much of Jackson’s Commissioned works.
About Spike Island
Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design. A vibrant hub for production, presentation and debate, it invites audiences to engage directly with creative practices through participation and discussion.
MURAL BY THE SEA - ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
'AMAZING' - CHARLIE EVARISTO-BOYCE
Attendees to Block Party, and members of the community in tandem with Dreamlands educational outreach programme, can hand print one of the 700 individual 'AMAZINGS' thereby seeing the work grow with participation.
Evaristo Boyce says: "Print is at the center of my art practice. A lot of my early works were inspired by found imagery. I would take an image, manipulate it, play with its scale, breakdown its layers and create something new from it. 4 years ago, after graduating, I opened ‘Margate’s Most Medium Sized Gallery’ a gallery space in the heart of Margate old town that is kind of a constant changing and rolling one man retrospective of my artwork.
Margate is a great place to be an artist. There is plenty of space, a great community and tons of inspiration. I have always been inspired by everyday graphics old and new, I remix them and take ownership of the images that I find. So many of my artworks have been created by walking down the streets of Thanet and finding things that most people would consider rubbish. A while ago I stumbled across a 60’s motorcycle magazine in a junk shop over in Clintonville. This is where I found the original AMAZING graphic. It was a tiny spare part advert and read “AMAZING VALUE”. I cropped the value off and kept the grain of the newsprint, made it red and about 30x bigger. I loved how this word from over 50 years ago still had such punch and is still very much a word of then now.
I first printed AMAZING in a collaborative installation last summer at Printworks London. I took over 1000 plain white cardboard boxes and screen printed hyper real versions of real world graphics on them. The resulting installation was a miniature city of skyscrapers, cranes and cardboard sculptures that filled a space that was 14,000sq ft. One of the structures was a wall of AMAZING boxes, 40 boxes each with ‘AMAZING AMAZING’ printed on them. Out of all the box designs this was the one that caught the most attention. Everyone who walked into the space kept saying “AMAZING”. The word had entered the viewer subconscious and had come back out of their mouths! Ever since then, I have seen, heard and read the word everywhere I go.
Next time you watch a reality TV show listen out and see how many times the word AMAZING is said. I watched Love Island once to see what all the fuss was about and It was said 7 times between two ad breaks. I feel like I can’t walk down the street without seeing AMAZING on advertising, signage or products. It’s a word that everyone can relate to and it carries a very positive, feel good message. I want to spread that feel good fun message with my mural and bring more joy to the world.
For my mural I wanted to tap into this oversaturation and make my most AMZING print ever! I wanted it to shout AMAZING from a far but also have a tied affect from close up. How many times do you reckon AMAZING has been said in Dreamlands history? After crunching the numbers I figured out that the mural could be broken down into 700 different pieces each
16cm x 50cm. These pieces could be screen printed by hand onto primed plywood and then joined together to create a huge 4m x 14m artwork. The background in red and the lettering in black. By screen printing each piece the grain of the ply will be highlighted creating a flow of texture that will differ across the mural, an affect that can not be achieved digitally.
By breaking down the pieces into manageable sizes it enabled a scale that would be easier to work with. This allowed there to be an interactive element to the installation, where members of the public could come and pull the squeegee and print their own AMAZING. Creating a positive memory that will last. I have done a lot of interactive, large-scale prints similar to this over the last few years, but this is defiantly the biggest! Having a chance to do one at this scale in my hometown of Margate is truly AMAZING! As well and doing the mural I have been working with The Ramsgate Arts Primary School. We have done a series of workshops all themed around ‘AMAZING’ we asked them what they find AMAZING, and they produced an artwork in response on a cardboard box. Everyone in the school produced a box each, the resulting sculpture will be on display in Dreamland along side my mural."
EDITION 3 / 5
'SAVE YOURSELVES' - EMMA GIBSON
‘Save Yourselves’, an image constructed at the original mouth of Margate’s ‘lost pier’ by Emma Gibson of Open School East in Margate in collaboration with photographer Rollo Hollins, will go on display to the public from Saturday 26th May until Sunday 15th July.
The artwork captures a site that was originally the beginning of the vast 1,100-foot wooden jetty that brought Margate huge prosperity over 100 years - launching SS steam ship cruises, housing an octagonal pier-head and pavilion, as well as a lifeboat station.
Gibson’s artwork will feature a horseshoe lifebuoy that reads ‘Save Yourselves’, serving as a metaphor for the fair-weather favour of seaside towns. 40 years ago, the pier was severely damaged during a storm, eventually grew old and was dismantled. Locals salvaged the wood and pieces of the jetty still exist all over Margate.
Emma Gibson, Artist at Open School East said: “The piece is reflective of seaside townsfolk and life. Time and time again we save ourselves through reinvention, resilience and the ever-turning tides of favour. On a personal note the message is about survival, but the ring’s horseshoe shape also symbolises hope and acknowledges more widely that we also save each other - not to mention those who save lives at sea. I’m honoured to have my artwork on display in such an iconic but also historically relevant site in terms of reinvention as Dreamland. I look forward to sharing this important story about Margate with the park’s visitors and the local community, mapping out a life before our time.”
View Emma's website HERE
About OPEN SCHOOL EAST
Open School East is a space for artistic learning that is free, experimental, collaborative and brings together diverse voices. We provide tuition and studio space to emerging artists, run learning activities for young people and adults, commission artists to develop participatory projects, and produce and host cultural events and social activities for and with everyone.
Open School East is committed to making the arts a more open sector and to fostering cultural and social exchanges between artists and the broader public. We do this by opening our programmes outwards, responding to our locality, and providing an informal environment for the sharing of knowledge and skills across all communities and generations.
Our approach is innovative, versatile and inclusive: we equip artists at an early stage of their career with the tools to become resourceful and self-sufficient, and enable participants to shape their experience and creative voice by becoming active learners and co-producers of OSE’s programmes.
Open School East was founded in 2013 in East London and relocated to Margate, Kent in 2017.
Some images courtesy of Margate Museum @ Thanet District Council in below gallery
'everyday plastic' - DANIEL WEBB
Over one year, Daniel did not throw away any plastic that he used – not even a straw, bottle top or clothing label. This resulted in a staggering amount of plastic being collected.
'Everyday Plastic' is a photograph featuring recognisable brands and familiar items in a host of colours, shapes and sizes. The sheer volume of plastic consumption is by only one person is clearly demonstrated and the piece is particularly prevalent given Dreamland’s location adjacent to Margate’s golden sands. Though abstract and colourful, Everyday Plastic will raise awareness in an accessible, honest and direct manner.
The piece will be on show from Friday 30th March, when the Dreamland amusement park opens for the Easter holidays, until May 21st.
Daniel Webb said: “What started out as a bit of an experiment has become a pertinent snapshot of the ubiquity of plastic use, and I’m really happy that it’ll help raise awareness. The results are as stark as they are shocking. With the help of Ollie Harrop, I want to show and share with people what a year’s worth of plastic use looks like. This simple ambition forms the concept of the piece, which centres around our individual contribution to plastic pollution. For me this isn’t about telling people off or preaching at them: my hope is that visitors to Dreamland see the piece and come away with their own conclusions about plastic.”
About Daniel Webb
Daniel Webb is a marketing consultant who has ended up an artist. Starting on 1 January 2017, Daniel kept all of the plastic waste he produced. This commission sees the waste leave his flat for the first time to present a visceral and visual sculpture of 12 months’ salvaged plastic. Daniel harboured an interest in plastic pollution since he moved to Margate in 2016. His experiment explores his individual impact on plastic, the learnings and results of which he wants to share with anyone who is willing to listen.
Photographer Ollie Harrop and post-production specialist Ian Hall bring this experiment to life with an image that sees each individual piece of rubbish shown at actual size. Ollie Harrop’s large scale prints include commissions for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Ian Hall is the founder of Massive Face, a photographic post production company. Daniel, Ollie and Ian are all members of Bon Volks studios in Margate
About Bon Volks
Bon Volks CIC is a non-profit artists studios in Margate. It houses art studios, desk-spaces, a photography studio, darkroom, sound studio and a makers workshop. The emphasis at Bon Volks is on fostering a strong group of varied practitioners, who have a collective responsibility for the studios, making a space that positively impacts the local community.
Each individual joins as a Member of Bon Volks and is given a small role in the maintenance of the building. All members are also encouraged to take an active role in shaping the future of Bon Volks and maintaining its ethos publicly. Bon Volks believes in the ability of its members to be more than fee-paying studio holders. It runs a yearly residency programme where individuals are awarded free studio space to make and exhibit work, as well as free accommodation in Margate.
EDITION 1 / 5
'People Like You Love' - Jacob Love
`EDITION 1/6' was curated alongside Dan Chilcott organiser of Pride Margate. The Pride march was due to traverse through Margate and end at a full event at Dreamland. We therefore wanted the mural to be from an artist connected to Pride. Jacob Love had launched a very successful poster campaign for Pride 2016, the sales of which helped to fund Pride 2017. It made perfect curatorial sense to see 2017's contribution in mural form.
"The words used in these posters were adapted from slogans written by young people at LGBT youth groups in Kent.” Explains Jacob. “I condensed down what they were saying into messages that spoke of universal notions of love, so that they became almost abstract, reflecting the vaguely optimistic but hollow slogans of politics and advertising. These statements though are self evidently true and come with no strings attached. The poster designs themselves contain gay symbolism “the pink triangle signed to homosexuals by the Nazis and reappropriated by the gay liberation movement of the 60s and 70s. And I used fluorescent and metallic inks to recall disco, acid house and other gay movements from the past to echo the sense of optimism, political literacy and hopefulness which I saw reflected in the young people’s statements. In times of fear, we can draw hope from the strong history of queer culture creating spaces for love to happen in the face of hate. For me Pride is a celebration of our capacity to love and be loved, something we all have in common, so it is important the work carries a positive and uplifting message for everyone.” Read full article HERE
View Jacob's website HERE
You can buy prints from his POSITIVE LOVE project HERE
The work was painted by Margate local, Hermetic Sign Co. see their work HERE