Celebrating Strood and Rainham town centres, we have commissioned 8 local artists to
These artworks celebrate and share everything that makes the town centres special and
The artworks launched on Saturday 26 March 2022.
Download our Welcome Map to find out the locations of the artworks and details about the artists involved.
When you spot the artworks, make sure to tag Medway Arts on Facebook,
Creatabot was founded by Natasha Steer and aims to make creativity and culture accessible to all with a focus on health and wellbeing.
For the Welcome launch day, Creatabot invited people in Rainham and Strood to create collages, sketches and artworks inspired by people and places within these towns.
Download the Welcome Rainham activity pack.
Download the Welcome Strood activity pack.
Wordsmithery: podcast and zine
Wordsmithery is a Medway based literary organisation run by Sam Hall and Barry Fentiman.
For the Welcome project, Wordsmithery have made a podcast finding out more about the artists, and a zine containing information on all the artworks.
Download the Welcome zine by Wordsmithery.
Becky Vincer: Rainham
Talking Tags are a series of large wooden gift tags featuring different conversation prompts and engraved illustrations.
Karen Scudder: Rainham
Drawing in Rainham is about promoting ways to enrich your mental health in the area.
David Frankum: Rainham
A collection of sketchbook studies of people passing by each other in Rainham Precinct.
Catriona Faulkner: Strood
Strood Tails is a hand stitched assemblage piece that draws inspiration from the history, stories, people and cultural aspects of Strood.
Critical friends and graphic designer
Two critical friends were appointed to help support the artists, as well as a graphic designer to create the logo and marketing materials for the project.
Rachel Moore: Strood
Texts and emails are great but a phone call from someone you love is always welcome. Who Would Welcome a Call? invites viewers to take action and make that call through a display of people’s memories.
Wendy Cottam: Strood
A life-size sculpture of Gaia ‘Mother Nature’ created from natural twine, plaster and oil paint.
Darrell Hawkins: Strood
An engaging, colourful and above all meaningful piece of artwork for residents in and visitors to Strood. It welcomes you to reflect on Darrell’s passion for the area.
This opportunity is funded by The Welcome Back Fund from the European Regional Development Fund, and