Maps, Myths and Monsters

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A call for entries group show entitled ‘ Maps, myths and monsters’ inside the Rose St Cottage of Curiosity, Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey.


Who:Artists whose work relates to the title of the show are most suitable for this call out. Submissions are accepted from those currently studying at University.

When:Exhibition private view July 24th Exhibition opens 24th July – 3rd August. 2015

Payments:There is no payment or charges for this exhibition. We take no commission if artists sell their work.

This group show will bring together a selection of quality artworks produced by artists whose work responses to the title ‘ Maps, myths and monsters’. Artists are welcome to submit new or old works which fit with this brief, there is limited space to hang large pieces so please consider offering 2-3 options. Artists can submit work in any media, but must provide hanging and displaying equipment/support. This exhibition curated by Laurie Harpum and Nicole Mollett will be part of the grand summer re-opening of the Rose St Cottage and the Promenade Festival 2015 on the Isle of Sheppey.

Artists will need to deliver and collect artworks themselves. If posting works, artists need to cover risk of damage during transit.

email jpegs to , delivery/collection date t.b.c.

Apply:email with images (please do not send large files)

Web address:

Employer:Island Projects

Deadline: 8 July 2015


Artists Opportunities July 2015

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Maps, monsters, myths and mermaids
24th July – 2nd August
Private View opening 24th July
Rose St Cottage, Sheerness
This group show will bring together a selection of high quality artworks produced by artists whose work responses to the theme ‘Maps, monsters, myths and mermaids’. Artists are welcome to submit new or old works which fit with this brief, there is limited space to hang large pieces so please consider offering 2-3 options. This exhibition curated by Laurie Harpum and Nicole Mollett will be part of the grand summer re-opening of the Rose St Cottage and the Promenade Festival 2015. We might not be able to include all works that are submitted.
Exhibition digital submission deadline Friday 10th July (if making new works, please give dimensions and work in progress image by this date)
email jpegs to, delivery/collection date t.b.c.
2. Dockyard Church Open Day
26th July 1-4pm
Artists Call Out to document Church -voluntary
Education outreach manager Allison Young is looking for local creative people to come and make artwork depicting the Dockyard Church. They are having an open day, where there will be a larger number of members of the public coming to view the building. They want to have a range of artists, painter, photographers on site, making work, which they wish to then share on their website. They offer to profile each artists website alongside their work, and are looking to build relationships with local practitioners for future funding bids. Contact for more info.
3. Harty Retreat
10-5pm 4th July
The Kent Baton
Harty Church Flower Festival
The Baton is looking for creative practitioners who would like to take part in a one day retreat at Harty Fayre, on the Isle of Sheppey. The idea is to create an drop-in studio, which is open for the public to view. Providing a space for a group of artists who want to explore the area, research ideas, experiment and make work together. Thus far artists Jessica Ackerman, Angela Stocker, and Nicole Mollett are taking part.

The Harty Country Fayre is a traditional country fayre held in conjunction with the churches annual Flower Festival, in the beautiful hamlet of Harty. The church lies directly next to Shellness Nature Reserve. The Baton will be positioned opposite the church at Harty from, 10am-5pm on the 4th July. There is no fee for this project, we can offer lifts from the nearest station to 3 persons. Refreshments and drinks will be provided. Artists will not be expected to produce finished artworks, only to experiment , have fun and share their experiences of the day on the Baton Facebook page. To submit an interest in the retreat contact

Next meeting

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23rd May meeting-

Can you help us build a map of creativity on Sheppey?

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Can you help build a map of creativity on Sheppey?

The idea is to make a hand drawn map of creative activity; individual people, makers, crafts, artists, painters, performers, places, venues, groups, clubs, public sculptures, places to visit, anything which inspires and celebrates culture on the Island.

Painter Victoria McBride has kindly offered to be the main illustrator ( see her front page painting here on WOW magazine  . We have the funding to cover a print run of A2-A3 size (folded to A5) x 1000. The map will be launched as part of Promenade July 2015.

If you want to be on the map, please share & post on this page;
1. Your name or group name
2. A small simple image to use as a marker/logo
3. website/contact details (optional)

Art of the Magic Lantern – Margate Story

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Island Projects new members meeting

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On Saturday 7th February a new members meeting was held at the Belle and Lion in Sheerness. Topics on the agenda included; organisational development, artistic policy and potentional new projects.

2015 is set to be a busy year of creativity on Sheppey.

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Margate Museum workshop went well. Thank you to everyone who took part.

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A Map of Queenborough

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Island Projects has been working in partnership with Queenborough Harbour Trust to create a new map of the town to attract more visitors, especially those wishing to come by boat. The map features all important information for tourists, plus practical guidance for those needing maritime assistance. The work will be distributed at the London Boat Fair in 2015, and at various other event during the year.

Island Projects Newsletter

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The Newsletter is out;

The Art of the Magic Lantern will work with communities across Kent to research local history, and make a series of contemporary fables using photographic slides. Local communities will be invited to help construct a site-specific story, which reflects local issues old and new. The performances have been touring a range of venues, often working outside of the traditional cultural venues to reach new audiences.

This project is being produced by Island Projects. Island projects is an independent non-profit curatorial practice based in Kent which focuses on commissioning contemporary art in unusual public spaces. The delivery of this project is made possible with the support of local partners across Kent and funding from Arts Council England and Kent County Council.

Storytelling workshop for teenagers
Saturday 22nd November, 1-3pm
LV21,  Pier Approach Rd, Gillingham, Kent ME7 1RX
We will be working with a group of local young people from Gillingham to construct stories inspired by original glass slides.

Public Performance
Saturday 29th November
Free entry, 7pm doors open, performance at 7.30pm
LV21, Pier Approach Rd, Gillingham, Kent ME7 1RX
An event to commenorate the Goodwin Sands disaster with live music by Hare & Hoofe a punk/folk/prog band.

The Cabaret Club Christmas Special Performance
Thursday 4th & Friday 5th December, 7-11pm
Sun Pier House, Medway Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4HF
Tickets £18 (group discounts)
The Christmas party presents a varied selection of musicians, enchanting performers and surreal puppeteers, entertaining comics and exotic artistes.

Public slide making workshop  
January 2015, date/venue tbc
We are looking to produce a site specific set of photographic magic lantern slides with the help of the local community in Margate. Researching local folklore and maritime myth, we will construct our very own set and invite people to create their own fantastical characters in our tale.

Pub Crawl Performance
February 2015, various venues across Margate.
Live performances will tour the town, showcasing the newly produced Margate story.