Focus on: Rob Strachan

December sees the publication of the new book Ghosts of the Restless Shore: Space, Place and Memory. This edited collection of essays, poetry, visual art and photography developed from an exhibition of the same name which ran at the The Atkinson in Southport from August to November 2015. The exhibition featured a new audiovisual installation by the IPM's Rob Strachan in collaboration with the visual artist Sam Wiehl. The work, called ‘In Between Spaces’, examined the relationship between landscape and digital technologies. ‘Ghosts of the Restless Shore’ was a mixed-media exhibiton and also included new work by poet Jake Campbell, photographer Tim Collier and visual artist Mike Collier.

The exhibition offered artistic responses to the Sefton coast which are all documented within the book. Public engagement was central to the design of the project and in the summer of 2014 the artists walked the Sefton coastal footpath together with members of the public. The participating members of the public were engaged in contemporary cultural debates around issues of space, place and memory and how it relates to natural features and the history of the coast. The landscape is well known for its special wildlife and the project drew attention to the ways in which the coastline is constantly shifting; changing over seasonal, tidal and historical cycles.

The project was supported by a number of organisations including The Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership, Arts Council England, Sefton Council and the University of Sunderland. Click here to find out more.