The Whitstable Wild Escape

In spring 2023 we have taken part in ‘The Wild Escape’, a celebration of UK wildlife and creativity in partnership with the Whitstable Museum and led by the Art Fund.


We have worked with primary aged children to discover the collections of marine life held at Whitstable Museum and using skeletons, shells and fossils, imagine the journey these creatures would make back to the sea and how, as a result of climate change, their habit may be different and how they need to adapt in this new environment.  

The stories of these Wild Escapes have been brought together in two public art installations at both The Horsebridge and the Museum as part of an epic UK wide celebration of creativity that will spans over Earth Day on 22 April 2023.


Credit: A school workshop pilot run by Derby Museum and Art Gallery as part of The Wild Escape

We would love you to see both these artworks which really do celebrate the imagination and talent of our young people, so we have created a FREE trail for you to take part in over the Easter holidays. 

Starting from Thursday 6 April you can collect a trail map from either the Horsebridge or the Museum and if you find all the extra special creatures hidden in the artworks at both of our big windows you will receive a goody bag with prizes, just bring your completed form into either of our reception areas - opening times below. 

We want to extend huge thanks to Laura Watson for illustrating the trail map.

The Horsebridge is open every day apart from Tuesdays and during the holidays the Museum is open Wed - Sat: 10.30 - 4.30pm and the display will be in the window until Earth day on the 22 April. 

This term, our Young Makers Club embarked on a Wild Escape to help us create two special art installations that will celebrate Earth Eay this April.

Each session was inspired by the wild and wonderful creatures found in the Whitstable Museum collection and together we imagined if they were to escape, how they would seek out the natural habitat around our coastline and adapt to climate changes effecting sea levels and our fragile eco system.  


To mark the start of The Whitstable Wild Escape, we teamed up with Whitstable Museum for some FREE activities that took part in Ferbuary half term!

From Wednesday to Saturday the museum held a 'Spot and Dot' trail inspired by the Wild Escape where you could discover some of the wonderful creatures that have inhabited Whitstable over the years - some more unexpected than you think!

This was a lovely opportunity to learn more about Whitstable's fascinating natural habitat and the creatures that have lived here past and present. 


Inspired by the museum's collection, on Wednesday 15 February we ran 2 drop in family craft sessions from in our Studio where participants discovered and recreated some of the more unusual animals from the museum.

All materials were provided and there were lots of different craft activities to try for all ages. 



The Wild Escape Whitstable in pictures ...