Sadie Hennessy, inspired by the pop culture collections of Peter Blake (who grew up locally and attended art school in Gravesend), is filling a number of shop windows in St George’s Shopping Centre with local people’s collections of memorabilia and ephemera. Each window will be accompanied by audio featuring the collectors talking about their collections and the stories behind them. Keep your eyes out for collections of vintage movie posters, rare trainers, Dr Who and Diana Dors memorabilia, and more.
Alongside the collections will be a golden ice-cream van, encrusted with musical instruments and gadgets, that will host a DJ booth, playing people’s favourite songs live each Saturday. If you can tell the DJ the memories and stories behind your favourite record, they’ll play your song.
Later in the year, Sadie will be holding a finale event in Gravesend, in an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest gathering of people in one place dressed as David Bowie.
The work is a co-commission between Cement Fields and Gravesham Borough Council.