Our curated programme



This year Coastal Currents has developed a very special curated programme alongside the homegrown exhibitions, events and ever popular open studios that take place as part of the festival.

The work has been chosen to appeal to local residents, visitors, artists and families alike, appearing in the public realm, free of charge and open to everyone.

Taking the theme of this year’s festival, the programme blends both visual and live arts in a range of unexpected indoor and outside spaces around town.

Our launch event opens the festival with an evening of sounds, sights and surprises at St Mary in the Castle to challenge your perceptions of this familiar and well-loved local space.

International artists, Kate MccGwire and Alice Anderson, have been especially commissioned to create bold and large-scale site-specific installations, to run throughout the festival. Using cascades of feathers, MccGwire’s installation will transform the quiet space beside the crypt at St Mary in the Castle, whilst Anderson will use copper mesh to create a site responsive work at Dyke & Dean.

Live performances will take place over all three weekends, in parks, around the Stade and along the seafront. Watch out for women with saws and chairs, a group of men slowly melting to the ground and a man in a suit sailing an enormous paper boat.

Local artist, Roz Cran’s contemplative Points of View will provide the opportunity to step back, to physically hide and observe from a distance, plus a group of local filmmakers have been commissioned to create Super8 films on the theme of which will be screened at the Electric Palace cinema.

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