Seawall Shelters

Status: Ongoing Project

Years of neglect has left our Eastcliff Seawall Shelters looking very sorry for themselves and suffering with some signs of concrete cancer…

FoRS approached Thanet District Council and asked if they would be happy for us to ‘brighten them up’…

We were given permission and surprised that we were not also given any ‘guidelines’ on how they should be ‘brightened up’ but were told that we were not allowed to address the concrete cancer, so with that in mind we had the brainstorming idea to ‘really make them stand out’ as best we could…

Enter East Kent College Art & Design Department and Dept. Head Mark Norton who was very keen to offer his students the opportunity to do something a little different and at the same time quite special for them.

The plan unveiled…

There are 8 shelters so we asked the students to enter designs to show how they would brighten up these dreary shelters, there were 20 submissions which we took to the Ramsgate Mayor, Trevor Shonk, to choose 6 which would eventually go on to be the designs painted into the internals of the shelters, 2 would remain as ‘Free Walls’ allowing graffiti artists somewhere to add their own kind of art to the area.

The summer of 2017 saw the start of this project, FoRS spent several weeks cleaning and preparing the shelters for their new coverings….

Ramsgate Town Council provided the funding for the specialist paint required and East Kent College started work, Dani Flowerdew and the students of Level 3 were now ‘onsite’ and soon the interiors started to transform…

2017 saw 5 shelters completed and East Kent College included the work done by students into the years curriculum.

2018 saw the ever keen Dani Flowerdew and a fresh class of students of East Kent College approach the remaining untouched shelters, the original plan was to add designs to all 8 of the shelters but realising that 2 of the shelters which had not been done the previous year had in fact been used as Graffiti walls it was decided to leave them as they were, they looked good and embraced what we were all trying to do, use art to express themselves.

It was decided that East Kent College would work on the one shelter left to do and ‘tidy up’ a couple of the designs from the previous year…

This shelter became very popular for visiting language students to gather and have their pictures taken while visiting Ramsgate.

With the summer of 2018 fast approaching and end of term in sight for East Kent College FoRS had actually achieved what it set out to do initially in 2017 which was to tidy up the shelters using the talents of locals, a real community effort…

Our task now is to get the outsides of the shelters looking good too…

Enter the FoRS painters and decorators… That’s Dave up the ladder that is !!

As we move into 2019 we still have much to do and now with Project Lead Dave Barber pushing to get the remainder of the shelters a coat of paint it promises to be an eventful year, a year we hope to see the return of East Kent College Tutors and Students to make further improvements to their previous work and of course our own volunteers who have also been a major factor in this project becoming a reality.

If you would like to help contact Dave Barber, Project Lead.

To see how we are doing click HERE for all the latest on this project

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