The Project is both funded and curated by Metal and aims to create a high calibre arts priject that will result in a greater understanding of the shared histories of the communities that exsist along the north bank of the Thames and will look at how they have developed in relation to the Estuary and railway line. Twenty artists will each be paired with a school, and the first exhibition is scheduled to be shown at Chalkwell Hall in June. Phase 2 of the project will be shown in the new Southend musuem when it is built.
Local artist Sally Chinea will be holding various workshops with 45 students from Chase High School. The participating students range in age from year 7 to year 13.
Work is underway, and they will be focussing on Southend seafront, and some the technological developments during the Victorian era. Until the advent of the railways Southend had been viewed as a rural community. Rail travel allowed day trippers to escape the city and spend the day at seaside resorts like Southend.
Students will be invited to explore the theme of "A Day at the Seaside", and incorporate the Victorians love of collecting. Part of the project will create a "cabinet of curiosities"
These wierd and wonderful objects will be housed in a replica of a Victorian Bathing machine. It will include an interactive space for viewers.
Work is underway with a scale model of what Sally and the students will be building.