Colin Priest

Deal Town Council
Blackberry Tonic

Colin Priest is a London-based artist, architect and educator at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts, London. Having trained at the Architectural Association and worked as an architect in London, in parallel he undertook a variety of socio-cultural activities, operating within the fields of art and architecture at a variety of scales as an artist. Since 2003, multi-media works combine intervention, writing, film, curation and performance, with an ambition to composite contemporary, interactive experiences strengthening site-specific narratives of environmental and urban change.

Associated Museum Deal Town Council

Associated Project Blackberry Tonic

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Deal Town Council

The Council consists of fifteen Councillors, some of whom are also Dover District Councillors, all elected every four years. The Mayor is a Councillor elected annually by the members of the Council. The town is divided into three wards, Mill Hill, North Deal and Middle Deal, with Councillors representing each ward.

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Associated Artist: Colin Priest.
Associated Project: Blackberry Tonic

Blackberry Tonic

Following the discovery of the National Blackberry Collection around Deal in the Kent Messenger (07/09/1918), the simple collective act of picking blackberries has revealed the resilience of Home Front communities during World War One inside and around the town’s built landscape. As the war continued, local landmarks such as the Town Hall transformed to co-exist with the various needs of a community living with war becoming first aid stations and hospitals whilst school children were tasked to pick blackberries to make jam for the trenches.

Working with Deal Town Council, Blackberry Tonic is a new piece of work for Deal Town Hall assembling found narratives about the town and the National Blackberry Collection through film, featuring living historians Andrew and Muriel Morgan, with selected piano pieces played by Maddie4Music’s Mark Heller, extracts from A Nurse at the Front: The First World War Diaries of Sister Edith Appleton, found artifacts, ephemera, photography, an open call for recipes and a scratch performance enlivening the significant built heritage of the area and vitality of the skyward perspective in recovery now and then.

Blackberry Tonic : Film by Colin Priest

Associated Artist: Colin Priest
Associated Museum: Deal Town Council