This year Coastal Currents has developed a very¬†special curated programme alongside the homegrown¬†exhibitions, events and ever popular open studios that¬†take place as part of the festival.
The work has been chosen to appeal to local residents,¬†visitors, artists and families alike, appearing in the public¬†realm, free of charge and open to everyone.
Taking the theme of¬†this year‚Äôs festival, the¬†programme blends both visual and live arts in a range of¬†unexpected indoor and outside spaces around town.
Our launch event opens the festival with an evening of¬†sounds, sights and surprises at St Mary in the Castle to¬†challenge your perceptions of this familiar and well-loved¬†local space.
International artists, Kate MccGwire and Alice Anderson,¬†have been especially commissioned to create bold and¬†large-scale site-specific installations, to run throughout¬†the festival. Using cascades of feathers, MccGwire‚Äôs¬†installation will transform the quiet space beside the crypt¬†at St Mary in the Castle, whilst Anderson will use copper¬†mesh to create a site responsive work at Dyke & Dean.
Live performances will take place over all three weekends,¬†in parks, around the Stade and along the seafront. Watch¬†out for women with saws and chairs, a group of men¬†slowly melting to the ground and a man in a suit sailing an¬†enormous paper boat.
Local artist, Roz Cran‚Äôs contemplative Points of View¬†will provide the opportunity to step back, to physically¬†hide and observe from a distance, plus a group of local¬†filmmakers have been commissioned to create Super8¬†films on the theme of¬†which will¬†be screened at the Electric Palace cinema.