Published: Thursday, 16th September 2021
We are encouraging residents to submit messages which will be displayed on a huge, new innovative public art installation in Chatham.
TOGETHER, produced by Lucid Creates, is made up of three huge rings suspended by four giant pillars, measuring 15 metres in height and width, which is breath-taking in its scale, sound and visuals.
The artwork is a huge pavilion like open space which will be filled with video, light and sound which residents can submit memories and stories to.
TOGETHER will display text collated from residents’ memories which will move around video screens which are on the inner face of the three rings, intertwined with ethereal visuals and a soundscape that leaves audience members completely immersed by their community’s experiences.
The installation is a homage to unsung heroes and we are encouraging residents to submit their stories and memories of hope and unity which will be displayed as part of the massive artwork. TOGETHER will be a place to celebrate the ways in which the local community unites in love against adversity.
A co-commission between Culture Liverpool and us, TOGETHER will be on display at Chatham Riverside from Friday, 24 September until Sunday, 10 October. It will then visit multiple locations across the UK, starting with Liverpool.
Celebrates local communities
Cllr Howard Doe, Deputy Leader of Medway Council and Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “I am delighted that this fantastic, beautiful and unique artwork will soon be on display at Chatham Riverside for residents, and visitors, to enjoy. TOGETHER celebrates local communities and unity and the response across Medway to the Coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated our collective resilience and just how strong we are when our communities come together to support each other. I’m looking forward to seeing TOGETHER on display and I would encourage residents, and visitors, to submit their memories so they can be shown on the huge artwork at Chatham Riverside. TOGETHER and our exciting summer events programme are supporting Medway’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2025, which will create a legacy of opportunities for residents, particularly our children and young people. These events also support our Child-Friendly City ambition, putting young people at the heart of everything we do.”
Reaction to the isolation of lockdown
Helen Swann, Director, Lucid Creates, said: “TOGETHER was created as a reaction to the isolation of lockdown, from this we have imagined an artwork in which communities can come together to celebrate their unity, something we feel is more important now than ever. As Kent-based artists, we are incredibly excited to be debuting the piece in Medway – and to be able to collaborate with our community in recognising Medway’s uniqueness.”
TOGETHER will be on display at Chatham Riverside from Friday, 24 September until Sunday, 10 October.