Curated and project-managed by Sarah Collicott of InSite Arts, Sparks was a temporary programme of three new media and light based commissions. The programme sought to animate three quite different townscapes during the winter nights of 2005 – Whitstable, Herne Bay and Canterbury.
Sparks began through a competitive process, eight artists being invited to develop concept proposals.
The works ranged from a large scale projection project called 'Gatefold' by Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer to intimate neon installations generated by drawings of local residents of Herne Bays' dream destinations – 'Bay Windows' by Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier. In sharp contrast was Claire Morgan's huge domestic light bulb which was suspended on the dockside in Whitstable, glowing and flickering for two months.