The Old Lookout is used throughout the year for creative workshops and project space. In 2014 the Old Lookout will be joint-directed through Obsolete Studios by two CCCU practice-based academics: Rob Ball and Karen Shepherdson. From June 2014, The Old Lookout is transformed into a Gallery where exciting weekend exhibitions, art events and related workshops take place. This year there is an emphasis on contemporary lens-based practice.
Situated in the Harbour Master’s building at Broadstairs Harbour, The Old Lookout offers the University an opportunity to locate artists and the arts right at the centre of this seaside community. Here we have successfully and repeatedly engaged in knowledge exchange. This 18th Century building is a splendidly simple site to exhibit and to use for ongoing creative practice. It is peaceful, low tech and transforming. In its first year (2010), the Lookout welcomed over 8500 visitors within a nine week summer season. In subsequent years the exhibiting seasons have involved numerous creative workshops and events, and nearly 27000 people visited. For the 2013 season not only were there exciting exhibitions and events, but the Gallery was funded to conduct a Social Return on Investment study and develop a toolkit for others to use and benefit from.
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