Takeaway Art

Artist Natalie Kay has teamed up with Matt Jones of VC Jones of Whitstable: Fish Restaurant and Takeaway to produce a special artwork in celebration of their 50th year trading at the heart of the community.

Throughout the anniversary year, Natalie has regularly visited the popular eatery to make onsite observational drawings of the staff, local patrons and day-trippers, with further sketches acknowledging the venue’s interior and frontage, sea-front suppliers and local hot-spots. These site-specific works have now been combined to create a new limited edition ‘chip shop paper’ to be launched in alongside the Whitstable Oyster Festival from shop opening on 27 July 2013 and remain in distribution whilst stocks last, free to customers purchasing a takeaway meal and as collectable restaurant place mats.

I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to collaborate with the VC Jones team and hope that anyone viewing the artworks will recognise their relationship to the building and equally stand a good chance of sighting themselves one of the many instances captured – whether the restaurant or in town, and with this take a moment to reflect upon, perhaps share with friends, their own part in the unfolding story of VC Jones of Whitstable and the wider community – Natalie Kay 2013

Natalie Kay is London based artist whose practice incorporates a variety of media and forms of presentation, from drawing, film, embroidery and ceramics, to online exchange and site-specific performance. Recent exhibitions include …of the Wall at the Horsebridge Arts Centre (2012), Bath Time at Fringe Arts Bath (2012), Capturing Chorlton at Chorlton Arts Festival (2012), the site-specific Drawing Whitstable for Whitstable Biennale Satellite Festival (2010 and 2012), and the touring exhibition Creative Dialogues at the Bankfield Museum and Portsmouth Museum (2010). Natalie was selected for the Fusion Rebuild international residency programme in Zagora, Morocco (2009) and as the Horsebridge Arts Centre’s first artist in residence (2010). As an educator she has worked with numerous institutions including The Stanley Picker Gallery, Dorich House Museum, Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts, International Youth Arts Festival, Engage and London 2012.www.nataliekay.co.uk

VC Jones of Whitstable: Fish Restaurant and Takeaway (esb. 1962) is a traditional fish and chip restaurant situated in the heart of Whitstable. A family-run business serving fish and chip luncheons and suppers for over 50 years it currently encompasses three generations of the Jones’ family, who along with their predecessors have earned a loyal customer base and reputation for quality products and service. www.vcjones.co.uk

For further information and to request images email info@nataliekay.co.uk or call 07974625586

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Duration 27 July 2013 - 02 August 2013
Times Mon-Fri 11.30-8pm/ Sat 12-8pm/ Sun 12-5pm
Cost Free with every purchase
Venue VC Jones of Whitstable
Address 25 Harbour Streey Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AH, ,
Contact 07974625586 / info@nataliekay.co.uk / www.nataliekay.co.uk

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