If you walk visit Ramsgate Main Sands, keep an eye out for the very cool hoardings on the building site opposite the beach. They are part of Projection SEAS, a multi-media youth project organised by Project MotorHouse in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University and with funding from the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery Fund.
Each of the panels is a beach hut featuring photographs by students from the Royal Harbour Academy together with stories they have collected from locals.
Project MotorHouse’s partner on the project was Canterbury Christ Church University which houses the South East Archive of Seaside (SEAS) Photography. The archive was created with an earlier grant from the HLF. This historic collection acted as the stimulus for the students’ own work which was produced with the help of artist/photographer Rachel Wilberforce Andrews and Mark McEvoy. Blue Swift about framing these photographs.
Mark McEvoy helped the students to curate exhibitions of their images including a pop up at the Turner Contemporary. Students also worked with Big Jelly Studios and world renowned music producer Adamski to create a sound track which can be heard on the video of the project, produced by Dan Whitehead. Theresa Smith of Mooch Public Realm Art and Design took the students out and about in the community collecting stories to incorporate in the hoardings. Top graphic design company, Fresh Produce, helped students design the hoardings and create a commemorative book of the project, SEAS to Seeing.
Twelve of the 14 participants on the project achieved Arts Awards and the hoardings improve the look of a derelict site on Ramsgate’s seafront. It was a win-win for the students and for the community. Some of the students are helping us on Portraits of Ramsgate.
Watch the story of the project unfold. See the students and the mentors working together to produce their fantastic pieces of work from conception to the finished pieces.
Audio Clip 1: Student highlights exactly what this project is about
Location: Canterbury Christ Church University