City to Sea
Estate of Rosemary Hawkins 2011

The City to Sea project developed from the final visual project of Goldsmiths' Photography & Urban Cultures student Rebecca Locke. The work, Brooklyn/Bognor explored her hometown, Bognor Regis—a seaside resort of faded glory in South East England—and her former adopted home of Brooklyn, NY. The project explored the 'myth of place,' and visualised a Bognor Regis very different from it's perceived image. This led to the idea of hosting a City to Sea Symposium, at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2011, with Magnum's Peter Marlow as keynote speaker.

City to Sea has developed public art projects, site-specific installations, screenings, workshops, talks and exhibitions in both Brooklyn and Bognor, and seaside towns across the UK including Hastings, Margate and Southend. Over 3 years, a Brooklyn-based project exploring New York's famous Coney Island, culminated with a 2-month installation and exhibition in New York City.

The City to Sea project has generated collaborative projects and partnerships exploring the relationship between seaside towns and cities, including support from the iconic Butlins seaside resort. Following on from the Symposium, City to Sea has continued to bring together artists, photographers and urbanists, as well as local participants to create, present and exhibit artistic work and sociological research, exploring a myriad of chapters from tourism, to local fishing industries, recovery from natural disaster, migration, urban ecology, biodiversity, local narratives and more.

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The City to Sea team includes:

Rebecca Locke

Born in the UK, Rebecca Locke is based in New York City which has proved formative in the development of her installation art, film, photographic, sound and performance-based artwork. She is a graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London, and has studied at the International Center of Photography and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She became a visiting fellow within the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Goldsmiths, University of London to develop the City to Sea Project, and was an inaugural member of the Association of Urban Photographers.

The City to Sea Project developed from Rebecca's practice, specifically her work Brooklyn/Bognor based on her hometown, the seaside town of Bognor Regis, UK. The project developed in 2013 in collaboration with Magnum Photos' Peter Marlow for a workshop series at the renowned seaside holiday camp Butlins, and a digital exhibition at Urban Encounters, Tate Britain. City to Sea further developed with the ongoing Coney Island Project, exploring Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York and culminating with a New York City-based exhibition.

Rebecca has exhibited internationally, including the Lab Film Festival, London; Visual Urbanism: Perspectives on Contemporary Research, The British Library, London; Festival de la Imagen, Manizales, Columbia and the first Bienal de Fotografía, Lima, Peru, which featured the artist's video and sound series Lugares qui fui and Wilder's Car. Recent work includes sister, Gold junk and the self-portrait and performance-based series, we are paper, we are celluloid, we are digital, exploring narrative identity and female role models. Works in progress include the video and sound project, E pluribus unum.

David Kendall

David Kendall’s practice explores how spatial, economic and design initiatives, as well as participatory practices, combine to encourage social and spatial interconnections or conflict in cities. Kendall utilises conversations, visual archives, collective memories, mapping, events and embodied experiences to activate and generate his photographic, film and site-specific projects. His photographs, spatial research and collaborative projects have been exhibited and presented internationally including Tate Britain, the South Bank Centre London, Københavns Universitet, Denmark, Jüdisches Museum Berlin and University of Oxford, UK. Kendall is a visiting fellow at CUCR, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Konstantin Sergeyev

Konstantin Sergeyev was born in Odessa, Ukraine, and moved to New York City at the age of twelve. Early in his teens he began photographing bands and crowds at punk rock shows, developing an interest in subcultures, minority groups and protest movements. He has since photographed squatters, Zapatistas, war veterans and many other groups. He graduated from Hunter College of the City University of New York with a BA in Studio Art focusing on Photography. His photographs have been published and exhibited worldwide, and have featured in New York Magazine (where he is also a photo editor), and the New York Times.