Transition Gallery & Club Shepway present
O Dreamland

'... decaying confections of fantastical architecture, rotting art deco, the dance hall glitterball and the ornamental balustrade... faded grandeur abutting sea-front dereliction... affordable, exotic, alternately camp and luxuriously sad - a kind of gilded social realism...'
Michael Bracewell, The Independent, Feb 2004

This August Bank holiday, Transition Gallery have teamed up with Club Shepway in Folkestone to present O Dreamland, a contemporary arts festival that takes a subversive yet affectionate look at the seaside.

The title is taken from Lindsay Anderson's short Free Cinema documentary made in 50s Margate about the Dreamland pleasure park. The film focuses on the partying day-trippers, juxtaposing them with some of the more grotesque elements of a typical amusement park.

Curated by Cathy Lomax, O Dreamland features over 20 artists who each respond to the subject in a uniquely contemporary way. The event will be centred around a 1930s 'Modern' house in Greatstone, Kent, which overlooks the English Channel to the front and the curious Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway to the back. The house is itself an interesting counterpoint to some of the more kitsch elements on show and embodies ideas of architectural modernist utopias.

Work on show will include Matthew Rowes' handcrafted shingle beach, Lucy Harrison's flag, Cathy Lomax's painting's of beauty queens, Sophie MacCorquodale's film portrait of Rhyl, Ruth Calland's alter ego Dame Batlove's psychic performance on the beach and much much more

This pertinent event comes at a time when many of our seaside towns are in crisis. In between the creeping gentrification and crumbling deprivation the spirit of the seaside is being lost. O Dreamland addresses this in a defiantly un rose-tinted way.


Programme of Events
(all events take place at 202 The Parade, Greatstone, Kent)
 
Sat 25 Aug
- 1pm Beachcombing walk with Jonathan Waller - Visitors are invited to join Jonathan on a walk along the beach to gather materials for a sculpture that he will be making at O Dreamland. You can continue beachcombing throughout the weekend and bring finds back to Jonathan who may use them in his work.
- 1-5pm Dame Batlove performance - Dame Batlove invites you to experience Blind Fortune Painting with fish and psychic sauce in a temporary marquee on the Greatstone beach.
- 3pm Russell Herron beach performances

Sun 26 Aug
- 1-3pm Sand art on the beach - Alex Michon will lead a sand art workshop on the beach - all ages welcome (all children to be accompanied by an adult)
- 3pm Miss Dreamland 2007 - A parade of burlesque bathing beauties
Hunting For Mermaids - A walk led by Paul Rennie

Mon 27 Aug
- 1-5pm Dame Batlove performance (See Saturday)
- 2pm Senior citizen's mobility scooter drive-by
- 6pm Low tide walk led by David Bradshaw

Please check the transition gallery website for updates as more events will be added.