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Erith Pier art commission looking for local people to help create installation based on memories and stories

PUBLISHED: 09:44 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:44 09 August 2017

Changing Sails

Changing Sails

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Artist Julia Snowdin will work with residents to create patterns drawn onto sails, which will then be hung on the pier

Artist Julia Snowdin and arts group The Exchange are looking for people to take part in some free workhops to help create a new art installation that will be installed on Erith Pier in September.

The workshops, available for all ages, will take place on August 17 and 18 at Erith Library, and encourages participants to explore their own memories and stories of the town, and discuss its past as pleasure resort and industrial centre.

Participants will then work with Ms Snowdin to create patterns and shapes that represent these stories. These shapes will then be drawn onto large ship sails, which will be hung on the pier.

Ms Snowdin was chosen by public vote to be the first artist to reimagine Erith Pier for the inaugural Pier Commission.

Changing Sails, as its called, will celebrate the changing nature and history of the pier.

The project has been sponsored by Orbit and Wates Residential, and is organised by The Exchange - the group working with Bexley council to reopen Erith’s Carnegie Library.

Caroline Field, regeneration manager at Orbit, said: “We understand our role in placemaking and the role our developments can plan in regenerating the wider locality and this is why we are sponsoring this fantastic event, celebrating culture and creativity in Erith. We can’t wait to see Julia’s inspired concept tranform the pier.”

Paul Nicholls, managing director of Wates Residential South, added: “We were really impressed with the standard of entries for this commission and delighted that we could be involved in it. I’m now really looking forward to Julia’s designs coming to fruition and bringing the pier back to life.”

Councillor Linda Bailey, cabinet member for regeneration and growth, said: “Congratulation to Julia for being the first artist chosen by the public to install work at our fantastic Erith Pier.

“What is especially exciting are her plans to involve the local community in creating this original piece.

“Erith has a fantastic past and an exciting future and we hope that this artwork will set the scene for all the great things happening in the town.”

To register for a workshop, click here.

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