Open Call: Chatham Storyline

Medway Council has been awarded £4 million of government funding to help regenerate Chatham and make it a better place for residents, workers and visitors. The funding will mark the start of an exciting new project, which will create an easier journey for pedestrians and cyclists from Chatham railway station to the waterfront bus station and town centre. Improvements will also be made at New Cut Junction, St John's Square, Military Square and Military Road.

Commissions will be for a writer in residence with an award of £8,000 (includes fees and expenses); a print / graphics artist with an award of £5,000 (includes fees and expenses, with a separate budget for materials) and a film maker / observer with an award of £6,000 (includes fees and expenses). The process is open to professional artists who are UK residents and who are living or working in the South East and London. Artists can apply individually for each commission or as a collaboration/collective for all three commissions. 

Public Art Consultants FrancisKnight and Lead Artist Christopher Tipping have been appointed for the Chatham Placemaking project and will be overseeing the temporary and permanent public art programme through an overarching project called ‘Chatham Storyline’.

FrancisKnight are inviting  Expressions of Interest for a temporary programme of commissions. The temporary programme forms an important part of the Chatham Placemaking Project, giving artists the opportunity to collaborate with the Lead Artist on the following areas:

  • Research and exploration of place
  • Creating a site responsive and contemporary narrative
  • Enhancing the pedestrian journey
  • Influencing the permanent artworks

The vision for the Chatham Public Realm as a whole is to create an area with a strong sense of place that is well connected, can be easily accessed and enjoyed by all, whilst maintaining and further developing a variety of functions.