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Press Release February 2011


A Public Art Event on a Lightship on 20th April 2011

A Figure Ground Project

Creatively challenging the current debate about public art

Contacts: Lucy Andrews on

In February 2011, innovative artist’s network Figure Ground invited 20 artists to explore LV21, a decommissioned Lightship on the Kent coast. Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, the artists are collaborating to make exciting new work in response to the space, which will be opened up to the public on 20th April. Visitors will be able to share in the process, see the work, and discuss views on public art with the artists.

LV21 has a fascinating history and is in the process of being restored as a space for contemporary art and cultural events. The artists, who come from all over the UK, will be working with sound, light, radio waves, installation, film, and performance. The Figure Ground core group will also be hosting a 'public art debate' with invited guests from the public art commissioning sector.
The residency and events are an opportunity for artists who want to work in the public realm to meet and creatively debate key issues relating to their practice. Through a process of peer mentoring, Figure Ground’s ‘Track Changes’ project is enabling artists to grow their ideas and skills in developing public art commissions. Figure Ground is working with Medway Council as part of their new programme of commissions for public art, INSITE, which will be launched later this year, providing new opportunities for artists.

Background info:
With support from the Art Plus scheme and Arts Council England, artists Katy Beinart, Jo Thomas and Jon Adams formed Figure Ground in 2008 and facilitated a series of successful artist-lead events in London, Brighton, Bracknell and Chatham. In 2011 Laura Krikke, Lucy Andrews and Jack Brown joined the core group, in order to evolve the project into a pioneering public arts organisation for the future. This venture is being supported through £29,500 in Arts Council Managed Funds.

Phone:07818 493699
For venue details see www.lv21.co.uk