Sheppey Ghost artwork voted best in Kent: Social Event

Sheppey Ghost artwork voted best in Kent: Social Event

An unusual artwork designed to encourage people to connect with local history has been voted the best piece of public art created in Kent in the past two years. Ghost in Sheppey, by Adam Chodzko, won the Liberty Kent Public Art Award 2011, which is given by Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd and Kent County Council. The work was commissioned by the Whitstable Biennale 2010 and project managed by Art at the Centre Swale. It is a specially made kayak/sculpture, which ferried people to Deadman’s Island, off Queenborough, Isle of Sheppey. The island was used as a burial ground in the 18th and 19th centuries for those who had died on the prison hulks moored in the River Swale. The award, now in its 17th year, was judged by an expert panel headed by design guru Wayne Hemingway. The first prize of �7,000 went to the winning artist and �5,000 to the winning work’s commissioner, who also receives the Rouse chair, designed by Kentish craftsman Will Glanfield.

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