In 2007, 35 artists were invited to make a research trip to a harbour city or coastal resort in Europe: these were the SEAS Dates. We set them a challenge. We asked them to document their trip and work together to develop a proposal for a work of art they could produce which in some way reflected or was inspired by their time together and the place they visited.
SEAS created 20 new artistic works that were inspired by intercultural exchange between artists from the two regions and the political, environmental and social realities facing Europe’s coastal communities. Between 2008-2010, Intercult and its partners selected and commissioned 20 project proposals, developed them with the artists.
Along with the artistic work several formats for debate, discussion and capacity building were created and developed through out the project.
The artistic works were presented as a touring group of projects in the public squares, the streets and other unconventional urban spaces in the towns and cities that had inspired them. 70 artists and performers travelled to 16 destinations over two and half years presenting over 500 separate events and involving many hundreds of local artists along the way. Our total audience/attendance/participation was of 78, 705 people and were mainly the general public and residents of these places.