Raising the Sittingbourne Barn

Drop-in conversation and workshop: Co-designing the Sittingbourne Barn
34 High Street, Sittingbourne

Co-designing the Sittingbourne Barn is the first public conversation between artist Kieren Reed and people in Sittingbourne. Reed invites people from Sittingbourne and further afield to explore potential designs and uses for ‘the barn’, a new functional artwork that will be collaboratively designed and built for Milton Creek Country Park. During 2018 and 2019 participants will be trained in collaborative building, tool use, carpentry and construction processes.

Traditionally, a ‘barn raising’ was a moment where an entire community came together, pooling skills and expertise. Barn raisings were a widespread practice in rural 18th century America and across the world. Raising the Sittingbourne Barn will be an act of theatre for participants and spectators, with the dramatic lifting of the largest sections of timber from the ground and the performance of other traditional construction rituals, including ‘topping out’ and a feast onsite at the end of each working day.