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Netpark Illustrators - Zoe Barker
Netpark Illustrator - Claire Softley

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”

Artworks:-

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.

Stories:-

The Disappearing Spell written by pupils from Chalkwell Hall Junior School, working with writer, Lucy Sheerman and illustrator, Maggie Li.

Witch Quest written by pupils from St Georges School, working with writer, Vahni Capildeo and illustrator, Maddy Vian.

Scentopia written by pupils from Thorpe Greenways Junior School, working with writer, Syd Moore and illustrator, Karl Lawson.

Cake Work written by pupils from Milton Hall Junior School, working with writer, Jeremy Hardingham and illustrator, Zoe Barker.

Hello, Friend Monster written by pupils from Westborough School, working with writer, Vahni Capildeo and illustrator, Claire Softley.

“The apps become a park pursuit bonus, even encouraging you to spend more time being engrossed in the surroundings.”

 

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:-

The Creators ProjectThe Echo NewspaperThe Design WeekLS:N GlobalBBC Radio 6 (from 1:50); The GuardianThe Observer

 

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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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