It was good to go to Coast 2012 opening day to see some of the exhibitions at Sheringham and to attend the Art and the Sea Study Day/Conference with Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

There was so much material that I am still digesting it two weeks later!

Of particular interest was the presentation by Artist Fran Crowe especially the discussion of her Saving a Mile of Sea project; this resonated with my own exploration of gathering detritus from human activity on a weekly basis from Nov 2011 to May 2012 along the same 200m stretch of beach. It was also encouraging to learn of the platform that she has set up for artists and writers in Suffolk and East Anglia to share their exploration of issues relating to the coast, as it states on the website, Landingstage:

Landingstage.net is a space for ideas…

We are a growing number of Suffolk artists and writers interested in coastal and climate change.

This website lets us explore these changes and our relationship with our environment here on the Suffolk coast.

The two presentations by speakers from The Crown Estate [Professor Mike Cowling, Chief Scientist, The sea and changes through time; and Professor Robin McInnes, Art and coastal change in East Anglia] were particularly illuminating, so much so that I have subsequently received two of the reports that Professor Robin McInnes was instrumental in producing [A COASTAL HISTORICAL RESOURCES GUIDE FOR ENGLAND; and, ART AS A TOOL IN SUPPORT OF THE UNDERSTANDING OF COASTAL CHANGE IN EAST ANGLIA].

After the conclusion of the study day it was good to be able to view some of the art work in the festival, although I think that the shows could have been improved by giving greater space to a smaller number of works.