Erith are pleased to be working with Cement Fields, who are a visual art organisation working collaboratively with artists and communities to create ambitious new art along the Thames Estuary, from Dartford to Whitstable.
As part of this public art initiative, This Must Be the Place is their three-year programme, co-led by young people from Ebbsfleet Garden City and the surrounding areas in collaboration with commissioned artists, to produce site-specific artworks and shape Ebbsfleet Garden City as it is built. The project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.
We have recently provided the organisation with access to our Alkerden site at Ebbsfleet for their Spring Creative Lab which offers workshops and presentations from architects and city planners and is aimed at people considering careers in art and design. We have provided tours of the site, guided by the Earthworks and Infrastructure team members, as well as a donation of PPE to make the tours possible and for use on future workshops at Ebbsfleet and other sites along the Thames Estuary. The recent tours were attended by students from North Kent College and Ebbsfleet Academy.
One example of the initiative’s work can be seen at Ebbsfleet Station, where Emily Whitebread’s The Ebbsfleet Elephant attempts to reconstruct a prehistoric elephant who’s fossilised remains were discovered during the construction works at the Garden City.
Further information can be found at https://cementfields.org/projects/this-must-be-the-place/
Image Credit: This Must Be the Place site visits, Cement Fields 2022