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England's Creative Coast

Discover 7 extraordinary new art commissions by leading contemporary artists in the landscape of Kent, Essex and Sussex.

16 Apr 2020

16 Apr 2020 - 8 Nov 2020

Turner Contemporary Rendezvous, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG

In light of the current Covid19 situation, the England’s Creative Coast commission launches are currently under review. Full details will be announced in due course.


Seaside towns alive with creativity, breathtaking coastal landscape and some of the most thought-provoking contemporary art being produced today – England’s Creative Coast spans 1,400km of shoreline from the South Downs to the Thames Estuary. In 2020, seven new site-specific artworks by seven international contemporary artists – Andreas Angelidakis, Mariana Castillo Deball, Holly Hendry, Jasleen Kaur, Katrina Palmer, Pilar Quinteros and Michael Rakowitz – will connect the coastlines of Essex, Kent and East Sussex and the world-class arts organisations in these places.

The Waterfronts series of artworks will be set in the landscape of Margate, Folkestone, Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea, Eastbourne, Gravesend and Southend-on-Sea. Launching on 16 April 2020, these temporary works will open sequentially over the summer and be on display until 8 November.

Taking the border between land and water as their inspiration, each artist will respond to these unique coastal locations, focusing on issues, stories and questions related to the area to offer fresh perspectives on each place.

Turner Contemporary is working with Michael Rakowitz to create an artwork for Margate.

  • Turner Contemporary in Margate presents Michael Rakowitz: ‘April is the cruellest month’, 16 April – 8 November 2020
  • The De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea presents Holly Hendry: ‘Invertebrate’, 23 May – 8 November 2020
  • Hastings Contemporary presents Andreas Angelidakis: ‘Seawall’, 23 May – 8 November 2020
  • Creative Folkestone presents Pilar Quinteros: ‘Janus’ Fortress Folkestone’, 6 June to 8 November 2020, as part of Folkestone Triennial
  • Towner Eastbourne presents Mariana Castillo Deball (title to be confirmed), 13 June to 8 November 2020
  • Cement Fields in Gravesend presents Jasleen Kaur: ‘The first thing I did was to kiss the ground’, 25 July – 8 November 2020, as part of Estuary 2020
  • Metal in Southend-on-Sea presents Katrina Palmer: ‘Hello’ and ‘Retreat’, 25 July – 8 November 2020, as part of Estuary 2020

England’s Creative Coast encompasses a whole cultural travel experience. Through the world’s first art Geotour, you will be able to game as you move through the landscape, discovering the commissioned artworks, finding hidden gems and stories collecting geocaching rewards and hidden gems along the way.

To plan your trip to see these time-limited artworks you can curate your own journey using the England’s Creative Coast itinerary website and find further cultural adventures across Essex and Medway.

Art reactivates the cultural and economic circuit of an entire region: thanks to a project that unites the coasts of the south-east of England, with environmental works and initiatives. When we say England we think only of London (error!). The British island has much more to offer and England’s Creative Coast intends to prove it.


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Englands Creative Coast is led by Turner Contemporary and Visit Kent and aims to inspire visitors to the region.

Towner Eastbourne, the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, Hastings Contemporary, Creative Folkestone, Turner Contemporary in Margate, Cement Fields in Gravesend and Metal in Southend-on-Sea have joined forces for the first time to pioneer this cultural adventure.

The project is principally funded by Arts Council England’s Cultural Destinations programme and Visit England / Visit Britain through the Discover England Fund, supported by South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), East Sussex County Council, Kent County Council, Essex County Council, Visit Essex, Southend Borough Council, Experience West Sussex, Historic Dockyard Chatham and Southeastern and is also in partnership with Pallant House Gallery, Cass Sculpture Foundation and Arundel Castle.