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  • Rearranging Deckchairs. Photography by Julia Gavriel.

Pop-up Exhibition

Fri 23 Aug 2019

10am - 6pm / Free

Deckchairs made by students from across seven schools in The East Kent Schools Together partnership are on display at Turner Contemporary’s terrace over the summer. 

The Kent coast has long been the inspiration for local artists. Continuing in this tradition East Kent Schools Together’s new creative collaboration, Rearranging Deckchairs, has taken the seaside as its stimulus and aims to produce dozens of creatively adapted deckchairs.   Students aged 14 to 18 from across the partnership have had the unique opportunity to collaborate in creative workshops to design and make their own fabric for the chairs.  This textiles project has taught new skills to students and staff alike and broadened artistic horizons.  Additionally, encouraging students to recycle clothing and fabric has opened up a dialogue between students, giving their work a real sense of narrative and heritage.

Artist in Residence Esther Miles says: “I am thrilled to be part of a project that unites students from across the East Kent Schools Together partnership.  Creative collaboration is such great way to build community and an arts project of this scale is extremely exciting for everyone involved.”

Jennifer Scott, Schools Officer at Turner Contemporary: “It is brilliant that schools are responding to the gallery’s exhibition programme to come up with such innovative ways of working in partnership. The student’s deckchairs will become a real feature at Turner Contemporary during the summer to be enjoyed by thousands of our visitors.”

EKST is a partnership of state and independent schools and a university with the following members:

Canterbury Christ Church University

Dover Christ Church Academy

Herne Bay High School

Spires Academy

St Anselm’s RC School

St Edmunds School, Canterbury

St Lawrence College

The King’s School

With grateful thanks to an Anonymous Donor and the Crown Charitable Fund who have made this project possible.