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The countdown to this year’s TST Community Arts Project event has started! ‘Looking back, moving forward’ is our biggest yet, involving hundreds of local people from all generations and culminating in an art ‘take-over’ of the town from 3-16 July.
We are pulling out all the stops to mark both the 60th anniversary of the preserved Kent & East Sussex Railway and help celebrate the reopening of Tenterden High Street after a year like no other.
The chosen theme not only reflects the heritage railway’s milestone but also how the Tenterden community, like so many others around the country, are coming to terms with the last 12 months and moving positively into the future as a thriving environment for residents, businesses and visitors.
Free exhibitions and art trail
Students from all the Trust’s schools, children from Home Farm Nursery and members of community groups, including the Memory Café, are already busy making hundreds of unique 2D and 3D artworks – like these portraits created by children at St Michael’s Primary School, Year 1 and Year 2 at Tenterden Infants School and these colourful planters made by Homewood students during wellbeing sessions and these portraits :-
All the final pieces will be showcased through three free art exhibitions: at the newly re-configured St Mildred’s Church, in the stylish art deco hospitality room at Tenterden Railway Station and along the length of the High Street itself, including shop windows and the Town Hall. Dozens of businesses and shops have signed up to display art in their windows and outside their premises – all of which will be listed in our art trail quiz sheet which will be available throughout the event.
A touch of Mr Doodle Magic!
The initiative has the support of both the borough and town councils, and international artist and former Homewood student Sam Cox, aka Mr Doodle.
Sam has designed a giant bespoke art installation which he is currently working on virtually with groups of Year 6 primary school students from the TST. This will be finally revealed at the official opening of the event in July in the hospitality room at Tenterden Town station.
Accompanying the installation will be a display of the exceptional work of Homewood School’s talented A Level artists in their first public art show since 2019.
Tenterden Town Museum will also feature students’ work, alongside its summer exhibition ‘Our ever-changing high street’, looking at the evolution of the high street right up to the present day.
In addition, a group of Homewood sixth formers, who are taking the International Baccalaureate Career-related programme (IBCP), will be working with the project team and the railway as part of the community engagement element of their studies.
Exhibition venue details
|Venue||Opening Times: 3-16 July|
|Tenterden Railway Station: Buffet room||10am-4pm – Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun
(Closed: Mon & Fri)
|St Mildred’s Church||9.30am-5pm – Mon-Sat
11am-5pm – Sun
|Tenterden Museum||1.30pm-4.30pm daily|
Any community groups who would still like to get involved by creating artwork or businesses who would like to host artwork in their windows, outside spaces or support the project in other ways, can register their interest by emailing: email@example.com
What is the TST Community Art Project?
The TST Community Art Project was founded in 2018 as an annual initiative to bring together young people from the Trust’s five schools with older local residents and community groups through inspirational art and creativity. It central aims are to:-
- Break down barriers between the generations, enable greater social interaction and help to build intergenerational friendships
- Support the mental health and wellbeing of the community through the therapeutic benefits of art – something that has become even more important over the last twelve months as a result of the pandemic
- Enable older people to share their experiences and community knowledge with the younger generation
- Create great art to be shared with the community and visitors to Tenterden
Images from the 2018 and 2019 projects and events