MURAL-BY-THE-SEA / by Tess Acheson

Our third contribution to Dreamland (first two on next blog post) is the 'Mural-By-The-Sea. Again commissioned by Neverland and funded by Dreamland, we wanted to engage with the wealth of artists both already here and attracted to the area. Yes, an area needs an inspirational community, cheap studio space and exhibiting galleries to sustain artists but it also needs commissions with good budgets. This year long programme would allow a direct relationship between Dreamland and artists both from the community and outside of it.

Dreamland had a large wall expanse outside the newly renovated Hall-By-The-Sea venue and the work demanded a long thin 2D nature. Inspired by the Art Deco Bilboards of old, which would have advertised Dreamland happenings and contemporary street art we devised the commission: 12 months, 6 artists, 6 works - each engaging with and from an artist within a creative institution which is either already linked to Dreamland and Margate or would like to be.

Standing at 14m by 4m the space was huge and demanded concrete footings and structural consideration. We designed a box steel frame outline with perspex wing and top detail.

`EDITION 1/6' was curated alongside Dan Chilcott organiser of Pride Margate. The Pride march was due to traverse through Margate and end at a full event at Dreamland. We therefore wanted the mural to be from an artist connected to Pride. Jacob Love had launched a very successful poster campaign for Pride 2016, the sales of which helped to fund Pride 2017. It made perfect curatorial sense to see 2017's contribution in mural form. 

 2016 PRIDE POSTERS BY JACOB LOVE

2016 PRIDE POSTERS BY JACOB LOVE

 EDITION 1/6 MURAL-BY-THE-SEA 'PEOPLE LIKE YOU LOVE' BY JACOB LOVE

EDITION 1/6 MURAL-BY-THE-SEA 'PEOPLE LIKE YOU LOVE' BY JACOB LOVE

EDITION 2/6 will come from Bon Volks, an artist studio in Margate with a wealth of varied talent. The commission is an open call and any Bon Volks member can enter. The winner of the commission will be selected by a panel comprising of studioTAC, Dreamland program curator Rebecca Ellis and an established guest artist chosen by Ross and Rachel from Bon Volks.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY PLEASE EMAIL tca@studiotac.co.uk FOR AN INFO PACK WITH DATES AND TERMS.