Jon Foreman is a creator of various styles of land art; he is ever in search of “different.”
In 2019, Jon wowed audiences with his vast sand paintings on Dymchurch beach. They were a true favourite during the festival. This year Jon returns using various local types of wood, including the beautiful hornbeam and silver beach. With these Jon has created an outdoor Sculpture Trail across the Romney Marsh at five mediaeval churches.
The traditional view of art is of something permanent; a piece to be kept, cherished, dusted and passed on. Jon’s work challenges this perception. He produces staggering, ephemeral designs that are temporary, disappearing for ever at the end of the festival. A Jon Foreman is not something that you can hang on your wall!
Commissioned by JAM on the Marsh, Jon’s Sculpture Trail takes you on a journey across the Marsh combining art with our famous mediaeval churches.
St Thomas à Becket, Fairfield (TN29 9RZ)
St George, Ivychurch (TN29 0AL)
St Peter & St Paul, Newchurch (TN29 0DP)
St Clement, Old Romney (TN29 0H)
St Mary the Virgin, St Mary in the Marsh (TN29 0BX)
St Nicholas Church
New Romney was once a thriving port, with the harbour adjacent to St Nicholas' Church, in front of which a mooring ring can still be seen. In 1287 a storm changed the coastline dramatically and the port was destroyed, the town now being more than a mile from the sea. Four feet of silt were deposited inside the Church and around, which accounts for it being lower than the surrounding area. Large numbers of visitors come annually, attracted by the unique history and architecture; the church is one of the finest in the Diocese of Canterbury.