- 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 / February 2013
For the weekend of the 23-24 February the streets of the Kent Garrison town of Cheriton were brought alive for our festival Cheriton Lights, the largest project yet in our Cheriton Artland programme that has been running since winter 2011.
Bringing light to the dull winter months of the post Christmas lull, Cheriton Lights aimed to get people looking at this Folkestone suburb with fresh eyes asking how art can be utilised to make the most of public environments and spaces.
Over the course of the event we witnessed everything from a giant mechanical firefly by artist Andrew Baldwin and fabulous light projections from the likes of Ross Ashton and Greg Stobbs, to hundreds of local school children flooding the streets with their handmade lanterns. The atmosphere was electric from start to end and was rounded off with a spectacular phoenix sculptural bonfire and fireworks display.
We would like to give a special thanks to everyone involved in putting the event together, our wonderful team of stewards, Jewson's for their help collecting material for the bonfire and of course to everyone who braced the cold to attend. The event has been supported by Arts Council England, Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Interreg European Funding, Shepway District Council and Kent County Council. The Cheriton Lights Festival was selected under the European cross-border cooperation programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) - England, co-funded by the ERDF.