HOME in Cliftonville is an ambitious programme of artist residences. Seven artists from both sides of the Channel have been selected to spend time in the town from 2014 to 2015, creating new artworks in Cliftonville, Kent. The HOME artists are hosted by Resort Studios and engaging with community members. Home is also part of an Inter-regional Culture-led Regeneration (ICR)partnership programme, comprising a number of European partners, including arts organisations, higher education institutions and local authorities. These ICR partners are seeking to investigate the development of creative practice and its role in the cultural regeneration of the region.
Building upon existing research pertaining to urban and coastal regeneration, it is hoped that HOME in Cliftonville will provide an opportunity to compare approaches to culture-led regeneration in Margate and Lens, whilst also investigating impacts related to perception of place.
Cliftonville meanwhile is a coastal area of the town of Margate, situated in the Thanet district of eastern Kent. Once an important holiday destination, Margate is the UK’s original seaside resort while its neighbour, Cliftonville was in its heyday noted to be one of the most desirable places to live in the UK. In recent decades, Cliftonville has experienced a period of serious economic decline, as with many coastal towns in the UK towards the end of the 20th century.