- public art + people
- can art change the way people feel about their community?
- can public art be something that is already there?
- can public art make people feel safer?
public art + people
"What Strange Cargo has got is a duplicable attitude, one in which putting art at the heart of the community is not some pious empty piece of rhetoric but means something, because strictly speaking it is not about putting art anywhere, but properly locating it."
Julian Baggini, Editor of the Philosophers' Magazine
Strange Cargo’s public art projects are both specific and universal. Like all good public art they not only speak to, and of, a local population but represent and engage with universal ideas of who we are and what it is to be human.
Like the Back of My Hand, an installation at Folkestone Central train station, celebrated the new millennium by bringing together people from across the last century. Other People's Photographs is an artwork that covers the entire town.
Our hugely successful public artwork Everywhere Means Something to Someone partnering local people was unveiled at the 2011 Folkestone Triennial and went on to become a No. 1 best seller at Waterstones. Our most recent Folkestone Triennial piece The Luckiest Place on Earth again relied on local people to make the artwork and was unveiled in August 2014.