Anka Dabrowska, “A Place In-Between” Artist Residency and Exhibition at The Margate School
May—July 2021 (Exact dates TBC)
Anka Dabrowska is a Warsaw born queer woman artist, living and working in London.
Her creative practice is deeply rooted in drawing and the forming of numerous representations of urban environments. She creates sculptures and installations from found materials, which are extensions of the ideas that inform her two-dimensional based pieces.
Anka uses the media of drawing, illustration, sculpture and installation art and focuses on studio practice, research, exhibiting and curating and works as an illustrator, commercially.
“A Place In-Between” is a participatory project to celebrate and to reinforce connections in local communities, between parts of Margate, between land and sea, between “myself and my environment.” The heart of the project centres on working with diverse and new audiences located in some of the most deprived wards in the country through talk, interactive workshop, action research and an exhibition. With the focus on the School’s theme of art, society, nature, the impact of Covid-19, diversity and inclusion.
“The new work will challenge my current practice in context, location and scale as well as due to the interaction with other artists form a diverse community and the direct/ indirect connection with The Margate School” with a focus on the British seaside history from a perspective of an outsider: “myself, from elsewhere, living elsewhere.”
Anka will be working with two locations:
Arlington House, the 18-storey residential apartment block built in 1964 at the seafront and the 1920’s Lido, the cream coloured derelict Art Deco Complex, closed since the 80s.
Working with ‘the street’, the community and the urban/rural/seafront environment. The interest is in the architecture, history, myths, stories from locals (old, new and transient) and what links the two locations.
We are very excited having Anka working with us in Margate and for everything she will bring on the table with this important and delightful project.
The project is supported by The Arts Council England, The Margate School and private Crowdfunding campaign.