Artist creates mirror for reflections on bid

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East Kent’s bid to become the UK City of Culture 2017 hits the road this week, with a specially designed artwork touring sights asking people, quite literally, for their reflection on the local area.

A mirror designed by acclaimed local artist and cultural ambassador for the bid, Patrick Brill - better known as Bob and Roberta Smith - will be in Canterbury today and Ashford on Friday.

The mirror will be outside the Marlowe Theatre at 2pm before heading to Ashford railway station for 3pm on Friday.

It is hoped the artwork will drum up support for the bid, with those attending asked to look into it and reflect on what east Kent means to them.

It comes in the days leading up to the first phase of the bid submission process.

The east Kent bid consists of a combined effort by Ashford, Canterbury, Folkestone, Dover and Thanet.

Should it win, it would receive a huge publicity boost plus get the right to host top cultural events such as the Turner Prize and the Man Booker Prize.

Earlier this week, actor Orlando Bloom added his name to supporting the bid.

The mirror will be travelling the length and breadth of east Kent throughout the coming week, visiting schools, colleges, cultural organisations and public spaces in each of the five districts, with everyone being encouraged to share their reflections.

Members of the public are encouraged to get involved by sharing their own ‘reflections of east Kent’ on the campaign’s Facebook page - East Kent 2017 - and Twitter feed @EKent2017.

The artist Bob and Roberta Smith, said: “I wanted to show my support and encourage people to have a go at creating their own works of art using the people and buildings they have at their disposal. And given that imagination and reflection are such important themes to our bid, what better way than with a mirror?

“I’d encourage everyone to get stuck in and help build our ‘city imagined’. Hopefully my mirrors will give them the tool they need to get started.”

A UK City of Culture is awarded once every four years. The current holder is Derry/Londonderry.

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