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Discover top art and design along Britain’s coast

Land yourself on our shores for thrilling art installations bursting with immersive aquatic giants, seaside tales and poignant moments. From taking to our shoreside cultural hubs for a journey through design, to hands-on imaginative artsy workshops – now’s the time to get stuck into Britain’s creative coast. From inventive to inspired and thought-provoking pieces – here’s where to get your artistic fix along Britain’s coast.

A looming monster

See Monster. Illustration by NEWSUBSTANCE. Commission for UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK

Weston-super-Mare’s coastline welcomes a giant monster to its shores in summer 2022. Once housed in the choppy waters of the North Sea, a decommissioned off-shore oil rig is gaining a new lease of life as it’s re-envisioned as a sustainable art installation. As part of UNBOXED, See Monster will champion a brighter, greener future, and you can get an inside perspective by exploring the inner workings of the beautiful beast. Weave through secret routes, a wild garden, solar trees, wind turbines and even a 12-metre waterfall. Find See Monster on the shoreline from late August (exact date TBC). Weston-super-Mare is a 30-minute train journey from Bristol.

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See Monster

The people of our shores

Group of people standing on Crosby Beach alongside a sculpture of a person from Antony Gormley's Another Place

Venture out on a stroll across Crosby beach and you’ll discover eye-catching human figures staring out to the horizon. Eerily enticing, the 100 cast-iron life-size figures of Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ installation hug the shoreline for over 3km. Modelled on the sculptor’s own body, the figures are said to represent feelings of sadness and hope moving to ‘Another Place’.

While at the beach, why not harness the power of the wind on a sailing adventure? Alternatively, get the adrenaline pumping on a jet ski, or take to the water aboard a kayak at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

You can catch the train from Liverpool Central Station to Blundellsands-and-Crosby, which is a short walk from the art installation. The statues can be enjoyed all year-round – just remember to wrap up warm in the winter and to stay close to the promenade.

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Another Place, Crosby Beach

An artsy exploration

Dip into eclectic art and thought-provoking sculptures along England’s Creative Coast. Spanning more than 1,400km of South East coastline, dive into Folkstone’s Creative Quarter, hit up exhibitions at Towner Eastbourne, or immerse yourself in Beecroft Art Gallery in Southend-On-Sea. Take the opportunity to up the antics with a paddleboarding ride out on Margate’s waters, or a spot of kitesurfing in Hastings.

But for an adventure through the arts, test your navigation skills with the world’s first artistic GeoTour. Following a GPS, try your hand at Geocaching to locate seven inspiring artworks, while keeping an eye out for hidden seaside tales and rewards in every cache. Find Jasleen Kaur’s nod to migration with ‘The first thing I did was kiss the ground’ sculpture in Gravesend, and in Eastbourne, locate Mariana Castillo Deball’s chalk geoglyph ‘Walking through the town.’

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Towner Eastbourne

Tour our coastal galleries

Young people discussing Bridget Riley at the Tate Liverpool

Britain’s cities are cultural hotspots for everything from classy artworks to contemporary designs and modern sculptures. From science to art, the National Museum Cardiff explores the evolution of Wales, displaying antique ceramics, paintings, sculptures and even real meteors!

Or uncover artefacts at the V&A in Dundee. Immerse yourself in nature at the Community Garden, or get artsy at workshops. Look out for the exhibition ‘Sincerely, Valentines’ which tells the tales of Scotland’s pioneering photographers – find it in the V&A until January 2023.

At Liverpool’s iconic Albert Dock, head to Tate Liverpool for a splash of art infused inspiration in the city. For the insider scoop, discover the gallery on a guided tour – held daily – you’ll learn about the artists and stories behind the collections, as well as seeing a unique side to the gallery.

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V&A Dundee
26 Aug 2022(last updated)

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