- 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?
Cheriton lights 2014
cheriton / February 2014
The last weekend of February saw the streets of Cheriton taken over by art, music and people for the second Cheriton Lights Festival. The roads were closed and the streets, shops and houses of this small Kent town were filled with an extraordinary compendium of artworks commissioned by Strange Cargo and created by artists, some who travelled from as far away as the USA and Vienna to be there, exhibiting their work alongside homegrown talent.
Thousands of people came to enjoy the spectacle, roaming freely in the wide, traffic free streets and participating in many of the wonderful works on show. Feedback has been wonderfully positive and Strange Cargo thanks the people of Cheriton for helping us make this event such an ongoing success. Shops and eateries stayed open late to enjoy and benefit from the visiting crowds.
We are extremely grateful to the event funders, without whose support this event could not happen: Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Roger De Haan Charitibale Trust, Tory Family Foundation, Folkestone Town Council, Shepway District Council, The High Street Innovation Fund, Interreg European Funding, L’Ecole d’Art du Calaisis and Kent County Council. Cheriton Light Festival Travel Partners are Stagecoach South East.
Thanks to photographer Andy Jones.