- 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?
Strange Cargo has a three year mission to create new opportunities for people to experience the arts on the streets of Cheriton. Following the success of the Winter Grotto, which involved around 2000 local residents, a new Strange Cargo participatory arts project is just about to make a big impact in Cheriton.
Five groups of local people including the Talk Time group that meet regularly at Cheriton Library, a group of Nepali residents and student groups from Pent Valley, the Harvey Grammar and Folkestone School for Girls, have all been working with Strange Cargo and our team of professional artists to produce a series of large and colourful images that will be located throughout August and September on the gable ends of buildings in Cheriton High Street.
The images will take the form of large photographs, that are all inspired by paintings of the famous British artist William Hogarth, who is well known for his commentary on the contemporary society of his time. The new images each had their starting point in the work of the Hogarth, but have been brought up to date and represent various aspects of 21st century life and the imaginations of the people involved in making them. Many of the images have been taken in familiar local landmarks or buildings.
Local Cheriton businesses are offering their support for the public art programme by loaning the gable ends of their buildings as the frames for the artworks. To find out more please visit www.strangnecargo.org.uk
The project has been generously supported by Arts council England, Kent County Council and Shepway District Council.