Community Art Project
"Looking back, moving forward, all aboard the Tenterden Community Train"
Exhibition & Art Trail 3rd-16th July 2021
Tenterden Schools Trust (TST)
The Tenterden Schools Trust Community Art Project involves hundreds of local people from all generations and has culminated in an art ‘take-over’ of the town from 3-16 July, to mark both the 60th anniversary of the preserved Kent & East Sussex Railway and help celebrate the reopening of Tenterden High Street after a year like no other. The chosen theme not only reflects the heritage railway’s milestone but also how the Tenterden community, like so many others around the country, are coming to terms with the last 12 months and moving positively into the future as a thriving environment for residents, businesses and visitors. The initiative has the support of both the borough and town councils, and international artist and former Homewood student Sam Cox, aka Mr Doodle.
Exhibition venue details
3-16 July 2021
- Tenterden Railway Station: Buffet room (the stylish art deco hospitality room)
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun 10am-4pm (closed: Monday & Friday) exhibition includes Mr Doodle's giant installation involving groups of Year 5 and Year 6 primary school students from the Tenterden Schools Trust members of the Dementia Friends Memory Cafe. There's also a display of the exceptional work of Homewood School’s talented A Level artists in their first public art show since 2019. In addition, a group of Homewood sixth formers, who are taking the International Baccalaureate Career-related programme worked with the project team and the railway as part of the community engagement element of their studies.
- St Mildred’s Church
Monday-Saturday 9.30am-5pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
- Tenterden Museum
Monday-Sunday 1.30pm-4.30pm. Featuring students’ work, alongside the Museum's summer exhibition ‘Our ever-changing high street’, looking at the evolution of the high street right up to the present day
- Along the length of the High Street to become one long art gallery as businesses and shops display art in their shop windows and outside their buildings
- Art/History Trail around Tenterden with help from the Tenterden History Society. The Art Trail map will take you around the art exhibition. Children who successfully complete the observation quiz on the map will also receive a special reward sticker.
Tenterden Town Station
EXAMPLES OF WORK
East Cross (Zone 6) outside Boots
ST MILDRED'S CHURCH
One of the many shops displaying work, ABS Blinds & Curtains, Ashford Road
TENTERDEN TOWN STATION
What is the TST Community Art Project?
The TST Community Art Project was founded in 2018 as an annual initiative to bring together young people from the Trust’s five schools with older local residents and community groups through inspirational art and creativity. It central aims are to:-
- Break down barriers between the generations, enable greater social interaction and help to build intergenerational friendships
- Support the mental health and wellbeing of the community through the therapeutic benefits of art – something that has become even more important over the last twelve months as a result of the pandemic
- Enable older people to share their experiences and community knowledge with the younger generation
- Create great art to be shared with the community and visitors to Tenterden