Flock of Seagulls Bag of Stolen Chips
Commissioned for Creative Folkestone Triennial 2021
Flock of Seagulls Bag of Stolen Chips is a gateway or ‘welcome pavilion’ for the former gasworks site at Ship Street, from where visitors will be able to view the entire site and imagine how it might be developed in the future. Its cylindrical form and its open lattice-work metal construction echo the gasometers that once stood on the site, while its brightly painted panels suggest an altogether more post-industrial atmosphere.
The title was selected by the artist from among the dozens of ‘key phrases’ that emerged from the five workshops to which local residents were invited, and the words that are painted on all the many other panels were collected from the same source.
Morag Myerscough’s mantra is ‘make happy those who are near and those who are far will come’. Born and bred in London, she has always lived in the city and has been fascinated by how colour, pattern and words can change urban environments - and change people’s perceptions of spaces into places. She creates structural installations and immersive spatial works that champion community and public interaction work is characterised by an engaging boldness, strong use colour and high levels of positive energy.
She often works with community groups to develop ideas that reflect the identity of the users, drawing on shared cultural history and heritage of the local area. Her visual vocabulary is inclusive by nature, and its effortless energy resonates both visually and emotionally with audiences well beyond geographical and cultural boundaries.
Morag Myerscough, Flock of Seagulls Bag of Stolen Chips, Commissioned for Creative Folkestone Triennial 2021. Photo by Thierry Bal
Film by Oliver Parkin. Drone footage by Tom Bishop Photography
The artworks on the Gasworks site by Morag Myserscough, Jacqueline Donachie and Jacqueline Poncelet are part of the Pioneering Places East Kent project which is funded by Pioneering Places East Kent, Arts Council England, The Heritage Lottery Fund, Kent County Council and Canterbury Christ Church University.