The weekend of 20 and 21 June sees the launch of IN-SITE, an engaging and interactive temporary Public Art Project taking place at various locations along Rochester Riverside. Events and activities will occur along the Riverside from the launch weekend through to July and August.
The six artists who have been paired to work collaboratively on the project are:
Jane Pitt and Caitlin Heffernan – OOZE
Jane and Cailtin have responded to the Rochester Riverside path with ‘OOZE’ a series of floor-based topographical drawings and dialect based ‘topogram’ texts, which speak of the land and water, inspired by their research of the site and the fishing industry.
Having found oyster shells discarded across the site (traces of earlier vast common consumption) they have discovered that oyster beds have re-seeded in the River Medway. The oyster shell has become a fitting symbol linking past, present and future to the contours and flow of the site.
Christopher Sacre and Stuart Bowdich – APERTURE
APERTURE invites the public to explore Rochester Riverside. During their research time Christopher and Stuart led a series of walks around the Rochester Riverside development site gathering contributions from participants on the sights seen and sounds heard, which has informed a detailed map of the site and surrounding area.
The Aperture is an ear trumpet and eye lens, one end for listening and one end for looking through. With an accompanying map of suggested 15 locations indicated by yellow place marks, the pubic will be guide to vantage points to explore the site.
Twitter: @ccsacre @stuartbowditch #ApertureProject
Nicola Flower and Daisy Farris – She’s Like A FoRest FiRe …
She’s Like A FoRest FiRe… explores Chatham and Rochester High Street and the landscape of the River Medway including Sun Pier. Through their research Nicola and Daisy have uncovered stories and anecdotes about a local flamboyant character called Bluebell. With Sun Pier becoming a room in the landscape they have used the medium of dance to produce a film that explores the character’s personal and emotional attachment to the area.
Saturday 20 June – Sunday 21 June 2015
Location: Rochester Riverside, Nearest car park is at Doust Way, Rochester (sat nav postcode ME1 1BU)
All events and activities will have full access to the sites and where stated accompanied by British Sign Language interpreters. Film screenings will be subtitled and audio described.
Facebook page: facebook.com/INSITEPublicArtProject
IN-SITE events are free. No booking required unless stated
The project is funded by Arts Council England, Medway Council, The Growing Places Fund and Unlimited with support from the University of Kent, Medway.