Fleet: Art in the Haven Ports was a major programme of temporary commissions and residencies by artists in historic locations in the East of England. It included specially commissioned bicycles by artist Gavin Turk and residences by artists Sarah Dobai, Mary Lemley and Fabien Rigobert for Shotley Museum and Jaywick Martello Tower. A series of art installations for Landguard Fort, by artists Elizabeth Wright, Cedric Christie and Tod Hanson, film screenings at the Electric Palace Cinema in Harwich, and an exhibition curated by Gavin Turk from the FRAC (Nord pas de Calais) collection at the Town Hall Galleries in Ipswich. The final element of Fleet was an installation at the Jaywick Martello Tower by photographer Dan Dubowitz and choreographer Fearghus Ó’Conchúir
Fleet was developed to support and enhance tourism and place-making, to contribute to community cohesion and economic growth. Through visiting Fleet tourists and local people were encouraged to participate in and experience a high quality art programme, using bike, boat, train, bus and walking routes. It offered a series of unique experiences and encounters, highlighting these intriguing destinations.
Fleet was funded by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts, Essex County Council and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Partners included firstsite, HMS Ganges Association; Ipswich Borough Council, Ipswich Town Hall Galleries, Jaywick Martello Tower, Landguard Fort Trust, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council, Sustrans, Tendring District Council and University Campus Suffolk.
Fleet was part of the Face2Face programme and supported by the EU through the European Regional Development Fund and Interreg IVa 2 Seas Programme.
Image: 'Les Bikes du Bois Rond' by Gavin Turk. Photograph by Richard Davies