The Garden Gate is an inspiring project that has been set up at Northwood House, Margate and provides various activities aimed at helping people with learning difficulties; ranging from gardening to craft activities.
On 7 October was a fund-raising day when the site was open to the public. There was everything from a photography darkroom which had been set up in a shed, a Canterbury Cathedral stall where visitors were able to make paper stained glass windows to freshly made pizzas (donations only!)
Elspeth from the TS Eliot Walking Group invited me to go along and I took the following images together with helping to paint some of the gardening boxes frames.
Elspeth who set up the original Turner Contemporary group held another walk as part of a TSE symposium day for the University of Kent. I was commissioned to take images of the walk for her. This in turn led her to ask me to do a joint Artist in Residency with her at Sun Pier House Gallery, Chatham.
The following are some of the images from the day:
Each walk has adopted a different focus and I put in the suggestion for this one that we go in search of the blue plaques that exist in Margate. They are all reasonably close to each other and once a route was determine we set off. It took us to places and made us aware of things we may not have looked at previously. The plaque showing where Turner went to study was obviously of importance.
Elspeth emailed the group with a view to setting up a regular walking group. It was a cold blustery day for those of us who turned up and was very much a walk to meet each other and to see how we felt future walks should be organised.
Keith was a wealth of knowledge of snippets of local information and kept the group entertained. We followed the route that Eliot would have travelled on his return to the former Albermarle Hotel, unfortunately now demolished.
It was agreed that we would like to continue meeting possibly fortnightly, weather permitting.