A Place In-Between at The Margate School for artist residency with Anka Dabrowska

Artist Anka Dabrowska

Artist Anka Dabrowska takes residency and exhibits “A Place In-Between” at The Margate School from this month until July.

Anka says she is a Warsaw born queer woman artist, living and working in London with a creative practice deeply rooted in drawing and the forming of numerous representations of urban environments. She creates sculptures and installations from found materials.

Anka uses the media of drawing, illustration, sculpture and installation art and focuses on studio practice, research, exhibiting and curating and works as an illustrator, commercially.

“A Place In-Between” is a project to celebrate and to reinforce connections in local communities, between parts of Margate, between land and sea, between “myself and my environment.” The heart of the project centres on working with diverse and new audiences  in some of the most deprived wards in the country through talk, interactive workshop, action research and an exhibition. With the focus on the School’s theme of art, society, nature, the impact of Covid-19, diversity and inclusion.

Anka said: “The new work will challenge my current practice in context, location and scale as well as due to the interaction with other artists form a diverse community and the direct/ indirect connection with The Margate School with a focus on the British seaside history from a perspective of an outsider: “myself, from elsewhere, living elsewhere.”

Anka will be working with two locations:

Arlington House, the 18-storey apartment block built in 1964 on the seafront and the 1920s Lido in Cliftonville.

The project focuses on the architecture, history, myths, stories from locals (old, new and transient) and what links the two locations.

Anka is inviting Margate residents to inform her new installation by sharing a story, memory, a fact, an idea, or a thought linked to your experience of living in Margate – with particular interest in Arlington House and Cliftonville Lido.

Contributions will be drawn together by Anka into a new audio-visual piece which will capture her perspective as an outsider “from elsewhere, living elsewhere.”

Please email your contributions to ankadab@yahoo.co.uk

The project is supported by The Arts Council England, The Margate School and private Crowdfunding campaign.

Anka’s website: https://ankadabrowskaart.com/

The Margate School website: https://www.themargateschool.com/