From Wasteland to Wasteland

From 3 February 2018
To 25 February 2018


Five Isle of Thanet artists showcase new work inspired by an event that happened over 100 years ago as they travel From Wasteland to Wasteland, exploring and connecting WW1, Margate and T S Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’.

On the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1916, Captain James Young of the 179th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers, detonated two explosive charges in tunnels dug through chalk from the British trenches to a position under the German front line.

The resulting explosion created a single, vast, smooth sided, flat bottomed crater measuring nearly 100 metres across and 21 metres deep. Now known as the Lochnagar Crater, it is the largest crater ever made by man in anger, and is now a site dedicated to peace, fellowship and reconciliation.

Five years later, after suffering a nervous breakdown, TS Eliot travelled to Margate to rest. Sitting in a seafront shelter, and inspired in part by the horror of the First World War, he wrote his epic poem The Waste Land.

This exhibition is part of an ongoing project by this collective of five artists, who have been given unique access to the Crater site to inspire their work.

From Wasteland to Wasteland is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.


About the artists

Dawn Cole is an award winning printmaker known for her work exploring stories from the First World War.

Helder Clara uses arduous processes to make objects, installations, sculpture and photographic documentation

Lorna Dallas-Conte has a fascination with colour and an interest in traditional craft skills.

Dan Thompson is an award-winning social artist and writer.

Graham Ward is a painter, writer and archivist


From Wasteland To Wasteland – A Walk

Sat 10, 17, 24 Feb

 Meet 11.45, foyer at Margate Station. Walk will last around 1 hour 15 minutes.

 Margate Station to Lombard Street Gallery

Seaside architecture, Mick Jagger, the Victorian Circus, seaplanes, Karl Marx, a crashed zeppelin, Eric Morecambe, and the first day of the Somme. Artist and writer Dan Thompson takes you From Wasteland To Wasteland, on a tour which ends with tea, cakes made to a First World War recipe, and an exhibition at Lombard Street Gallery.

 Each walk’s itinery will vary: you can join one walk or all four.



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