John McKiernan, founder of Platform-7 Events discusses public art interventions and contested space on The News Agents radio show with Professor Andy Pratt(City University, London) and Professor Loretta Lees (University of Leicester).
This radio show was first broadcast on Resonance Radio 104.4FM in London, 1st March 2014 and is available as a podcast.
A beautiful mosaic artwork, in the form of a giant mobile, that for many captured the communities of modern day Margate and Cliftonville.
Artists: Maureen (Mo) Black and Jane Black
Concept: Maureen Black and John McKiernan
Cliftonville and Margate are two separate areas on the Kent coast interweaved in a physical sense yet, as the Moonbow Margate art intervention found, distant in the sense of harmonic living. Moonbow Margate was situated on the very border between the two areas ensuring a mix of customers from both neighbourhoods. What became app...
Darren Sperring, trained as a dietician and worked in hospitals and surgeries throughout England while pursuing his art practice. The concept for the exhibition ‘What is Food?’ initiated from discussions centred on Darren’s humorous observational practice, which focussed on how people consider their diet, what they choose to eat and the way the consume food.
Bran Jones became the official Moonbow Margate photographer because of his love of espresso. Up The Line Remembrance 2011, Margate Cemetery Living and studying in Thanet, Bran discovered the Moonbow Jakes café in Cliftonville while researching his beach photography project. He was invited to photograph the amazing Akleriah, a live interactive performance around the streets of Cliftonville, Margate and inside the Turner Contemporary. Only shooting in black and white the resulting images were startling and led to Bran also capturing the Melanie S...
Choreographer and dancer Melanie Simpson presented ‘'On the Horizon'’, a site-specific collection of living sculptures. View here
A continuation of previous work 'Juncture' in collaboration with scenographer Chan Vi. 'On the Horizon' saw seven solo figures dotted about the local landscape - living sculptures allowing people to see their surroundings in a new light. The performance moved around the town before a short meander down to the final destination – Lido Sa...
The Dead Rat Orchestra (DRO) performed two stunning gigs at the Lido bringing remarks of 'incredible’, ‘raw’, ‘ancient stirrings’ and 'primitive'. Using a multifaceted arrangement of improvised sounds within a rigid musical structure, the DRO brought a challenging set to an audience unaccustomed to such complex arrangements. The reception in which the band’s music was received shows there is an appetite within Thanet for less mainstream music.
You can watch the guys performing here (this video has no sound)
Paul Hazelton is an international artist, presently preparing for a commission for the New York Museum for Art & Design, born and grew up in Cliftonville, Kent. Throughout the summer project, Paul was pivotal to the success of the Moonbow Margate intervention, with many of the interesting artworks and performances that appeared having in some way Paul’s prints on them.
Paul Hazelton's thoughts on the project:
'My first intervention at Moonbow was the window; a response to another artist who suggested that all Moonbow was mi...