Following its wildly successful debut in 2016, Littoral Light returns to Ramsgate Beach at Ramsgate Festival on the July 28. As the sun sets and the tide recedes forty British and international artists will exhibit far away from the safe white walls of the gallery, right on the seashore with the white cliffs of Ramsgate as the backdrop for a unique and exciting exhibition of sculpture, installation, sound, and light.
The art will be installed, curated and shown in the short time frame of just a few hours before the tide returns. All traces of the exhibition will vanish overnight leaving only the waves against the iconic white chalk cliffs of the Kent coastline.
Visitors to the exhibition are invited to become part of the show by bringing along their own torches and lanterns to light their way as they discover the works amongst the rocks, sand, caves, and cliffs.
In 2016, fifteen artists exhibited at what was undoubtedly one of the most loved events that took place in the town, see audience comments below. This year many more UK and International artists have come forward to take part and an even more dreamy experience is promised.
Littoral Light is created by Article 10, a Thanet-based artist collective that works in partnership with Ramsgate Arts to produce the show. The group was formed in 2016 to pioneer innovative approaches to public art in unusual public spaces.
Ramsgate Festival’s theme for 2017 is Dream Marine, celebrating the unique maritime location of this magical town. Festival director, Teresa Askew says:
“Dream Marine encourages us all to dream, to dream big and to make all our dreams come true. Littoral Light by Article 10 fits perfectly with that ambition and we are thrilled to be able to include it once again in the Festival programme after its successful debut last year.
Artist, Aidan Gray, co-founder of Article 10 and Littoral Light, says:
"Last year’s show demonstrated that modern art can draw large crowds of people from all walks of life. Local people felt part of the exhibition and have really taken it into their hearts as something that’s special and unique to Ramsgate.
Last year’s audience left some quite mindblowing feedback:
‘I am not an arty person and I haven’t walked this part of the beach for years. My wife saw the article in the paper and it was curiosity that brought us. Well worth the visit and I’ll walk the beach more often.
'The best public art Ramsgate has ever done' well done!
‘I’ve never seen anything like this in a gallery let alone a beach. Fantastic, hope you will do it again next year.
‘I saw the exhibition being set up and insisted that we came down to the beach in the evening, it has been worth the visit.
‘This is the best walk I’ve had along the beach and the most inspiring.
‘Absolutely amazing so much creativity.
‘I liked the variety including the music and poetry. Really mixed arts.
‘Superb! Inclusive. Innovative. Inspiring.
The show has been timed so that the low tide coincides with the sun setting at 9.00 pm and as the natural light fades to total darkness, the works will illuminate the coastline, altering the perception of the landscape and reflecting the sounds of the environment.
10 Article co-founder Susan Fletcher says:
"Building upon the success of last year we have more than tripled the number of artists taking place this year and are really excited to be exhibiting alongside both local and international artists’. As well as the UK exhibitors are from New York, Ireland and Japan.
Ramsgate Festival is an arts and culture Festival by Ramsgate Arts and Art Aha Productions. It takes place alongside the historic Ramsgate Week regatta and runs for 9 days from July 22 – 30 - opening with Opera for All’s free screening on the beach of Garsington Opera’s new production of Semele and a whole Big Opera Takeover centred around that, produced by Looping the Loop, Play at the Seaside beach cricket and traditional fairground style fun with Magna Vitae for the ECB and Ramsgate Seadogs, a mini maritime festival within the Festival - culminating in the Ramsgate Slide, a giant waterslide down Royal Parade above the country’s only Royal Harbour as well as a spectacular Fire Finale on the beach.
Littoral Light, which is organised independently by Article 10, is set to be one of the key highlights of the nine days. Ramsgate is just over an hour on the high speed train line from St Pancras. For more information about the Festival, go to http://ramsgatefestival.org