What people have said about the City to Sea project

“The highly successful City to Sea programme was supported by Goldsmiths, University of London and grew substantially as a result of further support from Magnum Photos. Rebecca and David worked closely with Peter Marlow, the former president of Magnum, and I was able to contribute to a marvelous workshop held at Butlins, in Bognor Regis as part of the event. Rebecca and David have been involved in Urban Photo Fest and have contributed to Urban Encounters, the annual Tate Britain conference. They have continued their association with Goldsmiths’, particularly with the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) where they were offered fellowships as a measure of the high regard they were held in. Both artists have been a pleasure to work with. They have researched, developed and run some very successful conferences, seminars and workshops focusing on the interplay between urban research and lens media.”

Paul Halliday, MA PUC Course Leader, Goldsmiths, University of London and Creative Director, Urban Photo Fest

“I was able to attend the City to Sea Magnum residential workshop held at the Butlins resort in Bognor Regis. It marked a turning point for me. We were tasked with developing and delivering a project by the end of the workshop. I am interested in marine waste and so combined contrasting still lifes (with Butlins furnishings as the setting), and beachscapes illustrating the lines drawn between nature and the urban. Peter Marlow (Magnum Photos), Rebecca Locke and David Kendall provided encouragement and advice in an informal, kind and welcoming way. Each day I felt challenged and excited, and the positive feedback was a huge boost. By the end of the workshop, I felt I could call myself a photographer, no longer 'pretending' and my lifetime passion was seriously re-ignited. As someone who has to work full time and a single parent, it has been a challenge to feel focused, skilled, confident. The City to Sea workshop lifted me, and I have since had work shown in the London Analogue Festival 2014 as well as co-founded a photography collective, Merge, which was selected for the Brighton Photo Fringe 2014 Collectives Hub."

Tee Chandler, artist and Magnum City to Sea participant

"Participating in the Magnum City to Sea workshop in 2013 was an exceptional experience for me. It was tremendous fun, hard work but also invaluable for gaining tips, advice and guidance that enabled the ability to take ideas forward. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the work that everyone made, and the critiques at the end of each day provided an insight into what makes an image work. It was instructive to think carefully about different forms of composition that support the sequencing of images to make a visual project come together. This has been invaluable to my methodology as a photographer and has allowed me to subsequently work much more effectively when making visual narratives in my work. The organisation of the four days was fantastic! Peter, Rebecca and David, encouraged a supportive and engaging atmosphere, and supported us all the way through. I thoroughly enjoyed it and thank you!"

Gill Golding, photographer and Magnum City to Sea participant