England’s Creative Coast is a vibrant cultural region, spanning Kent, Essex, East and West Sussex. Here, we have some of the most outstanding galleries, arts organisations, events and festivals in the UK, all featuring work by the world’s foremost artists, littoral towns pulsating with creativity, and a breath-taking 1400km coastline that spans from the Thames Estuary to the English Channel.
In 2020, England’s Creative Coast is launching seven new outdoor artworks by leading contemporary artists and the first art digital geocaching tour in the world, to connect these creative places. You can experience cultural adventures along this coastline now, using our specially curated package itineraries featuring art, events, food, drink and accommodation offers, and to plan for your visit next year, when you can enjoy the ultimate travel experience.
Kent boasts 350km of stunning coastline, with sandy beaches and chalk white cliffs, and is home to some of the UK’s most exciting cultural hotspots. Our own world-class gallery in Margate celebrates JMW Turner’s spirit of enquiry with a revolving programme of exhibitions showcasing contemporary and historic art and overlooks beautiful goldens sands and the North Sea. In the quaint seaside town of Whitstable, famous for its oysters, the Biennale takes place every two years and transforms the town into a festival of performance and film with works by emerging and established artists. Nestled on the English Channel is Creative Folkestone, where you’ll find historic buildings that have been turned into independent shops, cafes, artist studios and galleries. Also find a trail of outdoor Artworks to follow, created by some of the world’s most acclaimed living artists, and Folkestone Triennial, one of the biggest outdoor visual art exhibitions in the UK, which returns in 2020.
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England’s Creative Coast is led by Turner Contemporary and Visit Kent and aims to inspire visitors to the region. The project is principally funded by Arts Council England’s Cultural Destinations programme and Visit England/Visit Britain through the Discover England Fund, supported by South East Local Enterprise Partnership, East Sussex County Council, Kent County Council, Essex County Council, Visit Essex, Southend Borough Council, Coastal West Sussex, Historic Dockyard Chatham and Southeastern and is in partnership with Creative Folkestone, De La Warr Pavilion, Jerwood Gallery, Metal, Towner Art Gallery, Whitstable Biennale, Pallant House Gallery, Cass Sculpture Foundation and Arundel Castle.