In October last year, I spent a few days walking on the Isle of Wight Coastal Path, mapping surviving fragments of cultural heritage discovered en route. This map will be published on The Earth Museum later this year, to coincide with the 2020 Isle of Wight Walking Festival.

In preparation, we are connecting with place-based arts projects on the Island, including the Cultural Education Partnership Lift the Lid on Island Culture programme and its four commissions currently being showcased at the Isle of Wight’s main arts centre, Quay Arts.

With grateful thanks to Lift the Lid, our first presentation is the film by Dimitri Galitzine, entitled Back and Forth, which considers how the identity of the Isle of Wight (or any island) is inseparable from the body of water that surrounds it. It is also a reflective piece about communities and change in today’s society.

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