NetPark is the World’s first Digital Art Park and a new, permanent visitor attraction for Southend.
Address: Chalkwell Park, Southend on Sea SS0 8NB
Opening Hours: 6am – 8pm
Ten engaging and playful artworks and stories take you different journies around the park that are in turn, surprising, funny, informative and thought-provoking.
Designed for a variety of audiences, the range of works ensures that there is something to enchant all ages and allows for a shared experience or individual contemplation.
All the works are GPS located and experienced through a smart device, either iPad, iPhone or Android. All are best experienced with a set of headphones.
The inaugural collection has five artworks created by artists and five site-specific stories created by Southend school pupils working with writers and illustrators.
“In all the years I have lived in the area – including the years I lived practically opposite the park – I’ve never just sat there in such a mindful way as that.”
We recommend – to save time in the Park – that you choose and download the Artwork APPs before your visit, here.
“NetPark – impressive, meaningful digital art work”
Matmos: Site-specific music created from original sounds recorded from the everyday park life.
Joel Cahen: Oneironaut – a promenade work that places you in the position of a traveller or lucid dreamer
Rosie Poebright: Running To Flight – a processional work explores your physical and emotional responses to the landscape.
Jamie Gledhill: Talking Trees – an augmented reality brings the trees to life, with some funny stories to tell about what they’ve seen over the years.
Mark Grist and MC Mixy: Spoken word poetry tours, including the love story of a couple growing up in and around Chalkwell Park.
“The apps become a park pursuit bonus, even encouraging you to spend more time being engrossed in the surroundings.”
Two new artworks have recently been added to the NetPark collection, in June 2017. Both audio works, Spiky Black by Amanda Loomes and Alison Carlier, created in response to the historic Rose Garden and the punk gardener who tends them, takes listeners on an abstracted but informative exploration of how roses are bred, grown and named – all set to a fantastic soundtrack. The second work, Woodland, by French and Mottershead is a contemplative piece that asks listeners to find the shade of a big tree, lie down (perfect activity for a hot day) and go on a poetic audio odyssey spanning 1000 years to explore how the afterlife of a human body is part of the natural life cycle of the earth.
NetPark is open all year round, with free public wifi across the park. The works are available to anyone through smartphones (Android or iOS) or iPads.
A number of innovative accompanying NetPark projects are underway in partnership with Southend Borough Council public health team. The Wellbeing Project is exploring how digital arts in an outdoor setting can improve mental health and well-being; the Dementia Project is working with digital arts to capture stories and memories and promote awareness.
NetPark launched in October 2015, read some of the great press reviews here:-
A new digital park logo to indicate public green space with open wi-fi was developed as part of the NetPark project.
Designed by Malcolm Garrett of Images&Co, a British designer with a worldwide reputation in culture and identity, known for his work in the music industry in the 80’s with bands such as Duran Duran and Simple Minds.
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