Press Release

13 May 2014

The Cultural Offers at Seaside Towns (COaST) research group at Canterbury Christ Church University is bringing together a range of researchers, artists and speakers to explore the role of culture in regenerating coastal towns.

Seascapes: The Cultural Life of Seaside Towns, is a one-day conference on culture-led regeneration, due to be held at the Turner Contemporary, Margate on Wednesday, 28 May. The day will include a range of case studies, as well as insights and a debate around cultural projects in coastal areas.

The White Horses Whitstable art sails project 2013
The White Horses Whitstable art sails project 2013

The questions that will be explored within the debate are: how effective is culture-led regeneration? What success stories can we turn to, and where are the pitfalls in this strategy? Are the challenges faced by coastal communities unique to their situation? Who are the main agents for change, and how can this change be evaluated?

Speakers attending the event include Professors Brian Wheeller, a Visiting Professor of Tourism at NHTV Breda University, Netherlands, who also holds honorary tourism research posts at four UK universities and Professor Robert Maitland, an urban economist and alumni from University of Cambridge. Robert’s research focuses on tourism in capital cities; visitors’ role in creating new tourism areas in major cities and social tourism. A range of other leading academics and professional experts will also join the debate on these issues, both from international universities, and from arts and cultural institutions.

The conference also offers the opportunity to see the UK's first major show of early work by Piet Mondrian, a view of David Chipperfield's stunning gallery at first hand, and to take in the streets of Margate's newly rejuvenated Old Town.

In addition to the conference, COaST is currently working in partnership with the Turner Contemporary on a three year project that will research the gallery’s social impact in the region.

Refreshments and lunch are included in the conference which is open to all members of the public. Attendance is £60 and registration is required by 21st May. To book a place visit the University’s online shop here

For further information visit the conference website:, or contact the conference organisers, Dr Andrew Jackson,, or Dr Jane Lovell,

Notes to Editor


A research and knowledge exchange group based at Canterbury Christ Church University, bringing together a range of researchers and stakeholders who have a shared interest in the cultural dynamics of the seaside towns.

COaST considers culture and creativity in the widest sense, including gentrification, architecture and design, heritage, tourism, the visual arts, literature, performance, festivals and events and food and drink.

COaST Directors: Dr Andrew Jackson and Dr Jane Lovell

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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