Tidal Margins

“For three years we have, collectively and individually, walked, swum and sailed the Suffolk coast. We have traced the shoreline in snow, rain and howling winds; with hot water bottles strapped to our bodies and flasks of tea to fuel us, we have drawn, painted and written the landscape”.·

Tidal Margins was a project that involved six artists, three writers and two photographers. It was inspired by the publication of a report by the Crown Estates in 2010 “Art as a tool in the support of the understanding of coastal change in East Anglia”, which looked at the work of over 200 artists produced between 1770 and 1940 in order to chart the evolving shape of the Suffolk Coastline.· Tidal Margins aim was to explore a contemporary sense of place, continuing in this long line of artists who have taken this landscape as their inspiration.

There were three exhibitions, two at the Peter Pears Gallery in Aldeburgh, and the third in the Ipswich Art School Gallery, part of the Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service. This latter exhibition was the culmination of the project and showed all the work produced over the three years of the project.

Alongside these exhibitions, workshops for adults and children have been run, funded by Touching the Tide, a Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership scheme which is all about the Suffolk Coast.

(Please see www.touchingthetide.org.uk and www.tidalmargins.wordpress.com ).