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A Moonlit view of Medway

Date: 05/08/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

Artist Stephen Turner has been exploring the nighttime environment of the wilder parts of Gravesham, Medway and Swale over the 28 days of a lunar month from mid July to mid August. Turner lives in Gravesend and has a studio in Chatham, but recently his nights have been spent around the Dell and the Chantry in Gravesend’s Leisure Park, the RSPB Reserve Cliffe Pools in Medway and Elmley Marshes in Swale. Using infrared photography, drawings and text he’s been creating a personal response to observations of the moon and the lives of different nocturnal creatures, all of which can now be viewed online at www.moonview.org.uk A “moonlight box” will also be made to represent the artist’s journey, aiming to reconnect people with nature and the importance of natural cycles. This will be exhibited in community venues across the region in the autumn and will be a key element of three moon viewing celebrations in Gravesham, Medway and Swale during the full moon in mid September. Local artists, writers and students will also contribute to the project, following drawing workshops with Stephen Turner and Haiku poetry sessions with writer Katherine May during the summer. For further information please visit www.moonview.org.uk or email info@nklaap.com Moonview is a public art project, commissioned by the North Kent Local Authorities Arts Partnership (NKLAAP) in collaboration with the Arts Council England, South East and the RSPB. ENDS For photo opportunities and further information please contact Paivi Seppala, Project Manager on 07788 413664 or email: info@poppana.com