Gillingham High St
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Railway Street Industrial Estate, Railway St, Gillingham ME7 1XE
South East England
Mess Room Medway

Gillingham Pow! Arts Trail
28th August – 31st October
A series of temporary art interventions can be discovered along Gillingham High st in shop windows, bus stops, hanging from lamp-posts, street railings and includes sculptures, a mural, surprise installations in shop windows, tree pits.
The commissioned artists are:

Mark Barnes
MESS ROOM (Wendy Daws)
Sam Collins
Natalie Clark
Nicole Mollett
Karen Scudder
Hannah Whittaker
Mona Whitton

Family workshops:

Gillingham Pow! Soft launch Saturday 28th August 9am – 4pm
Gillingham High Street
Pop Up Drawing Den and Creative Give-aways

Gillingham Library
‘ANIME MAGIC’Saturday 11th September, 2pm – 4pm

Karen Scudder
Gillingham Library
‘Family Drawing Workshops’
Saturday 16th October, 10am – 11am and 11.30am – 12.30pm
Wednesday 27th October, 1.30pm – 2.30pm and 3pm – 4pm

Gillingham Library
‘Manga, Dickens and the ghost of writings past’
Saturday 30th October, 2pm-4pm

Mark Barnes ’My Name is William Adams’ – a graphic comic on the life of Will Adams – also shown as a vinyl wrap on the bus-stop next to St Marks Church.

“I was very excited to be asked to be co-lead artist on Gillingham POW!, designing the project’s branding and helping to select the brilliant artists that have transformed the High Street into an open-air art gallery. 
As a native of Gillingham I leapt at the chance to dive into the fascinating story of arguably its most famous son, Will Adams, and re-tell the tale in accessible comic-strip format. I wanted people to come away with an understanding of why the ‘honourable pilot’ is still remembered in the names of pubs, roads and roundabouts around town!


Trivia fans should note that my commissioned piece is sited on the very bus stop outside St Mark’s Church where I used to get off the bus from school to buy comics from the newsagents opposite, which directly fuelled my decision to take up illustration as a career.”


Natalie Clark on ‘Rebranded’ – 4 oversized ceramic artworks located in tree pits along Gillingham High Street. The Maritime pot, Royal Engineers Mustard, Great Lines Biscuits, Will Adams Crisps. 

“The experience of working on Gillingham Pow! has been awsome, it has pushed my practice as an artist to create pieces that have both challenged and stretched my skills but that I am ultimately proud of. The opportunity to work within the community in which I live has been inspiring, Gillingham has such a rich and varied history. The support and encouragement of the other artists has alao been invaluable; Wendy has been so supportive. I’ve enjoyed the experience thoroughly.”

Karen Scudder ‘Drawing in Gillingham’ on display in Gillingham Library

“I have loved being involved with Gillingham POW! This is my first  commission and I have felt really supported throughout the process. There is so much to see and draw in Gillingham and I have only seen the tip of the iceberg!”