Thursday 20th May 2021 to
Saturday 22nd May 2021
Learn about the very first photographers in the Old High Street Intra area, their studios and images, and who occupies the same addresses today. This project looks back to a time when the high street was bustling with sailors, theatres and breweries and many photographers were competing for trade. Learn how photographic techniques evolved between 1852-1918; the period when studio portraits first became common place, and find out why your Facebook profile picture might not be such a modern idea after all.
About the artist
Rikard Osterlund is a Swedish photographer based in Medway who balances his commercial practice for high-profile clients such as Tate along with long-term personal fine art projects and a fascination of early photographic history and processes.
Hulkes Lane Darkroom & Studio is a new photographic space in the Old High Street Intra area co-founded with James Barnett, with facilities and services for photographers who work in both with film and digital.
Instagram @rikardolino @HLdarkroom
Image credit: Rikard Osterlund by Rikard Osterlund
Using your smart phones GPS technology, the new Dizzy O’Dare Audio Trails app will guide you on walks around Chatham Intra, triggering stories, poems, history and art based activities from local artists at specific locations, to inspire you, as you explore the area.
Young people’s stories, which imagine the historic Chatham Intra in 100 years’ time, will be seen and heard along the high street. What are their hopes, fears and dreams for the area in 2121?
Medway Dance Network will be exploring gender identity and the benefit of women cross-dressing to gain financial and employment privileges afforded to men during the 1920’s.
After recreating an aerial photo of Chatham Intra from 1920, writer and photographer Neil Thorne will present the two images together in a triptych with an account of his experience, exhibited in a High Street window.
Nicola Flower's favourite shop in the whole of Medway is Zee Fashions & Fabrics. She's going to draw the women working in the shop and their customers and make a fanzine of their story.
Salt Sweet - listen as submerged stories drawn from the Five Bells & Bath Hard Lanes area of Chatham Intra are layered with river sounds in a sonic rhythm that suggests the washing back and forth of the tides.
MESS ROOM invited people to strike a pose in April and donate their shadow, to be immortalised as a silhouette and feature on a series of banners for colourful street gallery, “Shadow Tales - Gallery of You!”, which will be displayed along the Old High Street Intra.
Taking inspiration from the rich history of Old High Street Intra, Shadow Tales will create silhouettes that tell a story and make for intriguing displays in windows and shop fronts.
Capturing the atmosphere of the Ebb & Flow Festival, to report a celebratory and specific moment in time through a series of drawings.
This commission explores the origins of the street names along the Chatham Intra, from the bottom of Star Hill to Sun Pier, through a series of black and white photographs.
Through the Porthole will give people the opportunity to decorate their own boat porthole, these are the round windows you find on boats!