The City to Sea project brings together artists, photographers and urbanists to present visual projects and sociological research exploring how regeneration and planning processes, tourism, migration, collective memory, visual archives and arts interventions can transform social perceptions and geographical links between cities, coastal towns and surrounding regions worldwide.
The City to Sea project developed from the artistic practice of Rebecca Locke whose recent work (Brooklyn / Bognor, Gold junk) explores her relationship with her hometown, Bognor Regis — a seaside resort of faded glory in South East England. Interest at Goldsmiths, University of London in this project developed into the concept of City to Sea, culminating with the 2011 symposium, curated by Rebecca Locke and David Kendall. In summer 2011 a series of visual arts workshops exploring the themes outlined above were held across South East England in Bognor Regis, Margate, Hastings and Southend.
Locke and Kendall continue to generate new creative partnerships including a series of photographic workshops led by experienced photographers from Magnum Photos, in conjunction with practitioners affiliated with the City to Sea project.
In 2013 the City to Sea project will be extended to include site-specific projects, film screenings, presentations and workshops exploring self-identity, memory, place making and regeneration processes within coastal towns.
Born in the UK, Rebecca Locke is based in New York City which
has proved formative in the development of her installation art,
film, photographic, sound and performance-based artwork. She is a graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London, and has studied at the International Center of Photography and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is a visiting fellow at The Center for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, University of London and curator of the City to Sea Project. City to Sea developed from Rebecca's practice, specifically her work based on her hometown Bognor Regis. Rebecca exhibits internationally and recent exhibitions include the Lab Film Festival, London; Visual Urbanism: Perspectives on Contemporary Research, The British Library, London; Festival de la Imagen, Manizales, Columbia and the first Bienal de Fotografía, Lima, Peru, which featured the artist's video and sound series Lugares qui fui and Wilder's Car. The artist is currently working on a film, E pluribus unum, and a self-portrait based series exploring narrative identity.
David Kendall’s practice explores how spatial, economic and design initiatives, as well as participatory practices, combine to encourage social and spatial interconnections or conflict in cities. Kendall utilises conversations, visual archives, collective memories, mapping, events
and embodied experiences to activate and generate his photographic, film and site-specific projects. His photographs, spatial research and collaborative projects have been exhibited and presented internationally including Tate Britain, the South Bank Centre London, Københavns Universitet, Denmark, Jüdisches Museum Berlin and University of Oxford, UK. Kendall is a visiting fellow at CUCR, Goldsmiths, University of London.
City to Sea
Estate of Rosemary Hawkins 2011