Jaywick Martello Tower is a renovated Martello tower that functions as a Digital arts venue. The Napoleonic Tower features a gallery space where the photographer John Kippin has produced a site-specific art installation and body>data>space created a first floor multimedia space for exhibitions, events and workshops using the latest technology including interactive, 3-D and Virtual reality projection facilities. body>data>space invited international digital artist Masaki Fujihata to present his work ‘Mersea Circles’ in the space (commissioned by Future Physical). The renovated tower also retains its function as a look out post for the National Coastwatch through a watchtower, and providing an impressive viewing area for the local coast.
Situated in Jaywick, just south of Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, the Tower, with floor to ceiling curved projection screen for immersive three-dimensional video projections and Wi-Fi connections, will provide a venue for a range of interesting, innovative and enjoyable projects to be developed. Managed by the local secondary school, Bishops Park College, it is planned that the Jaywick Martello Tower will be a catalyst for change, providing inspiration for the local community and attracting interest and visitors from around the country and abroad to this part of Essex.
Partners including Essex County Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, European Intereg IIB, English Heritage, the Essex Rural Renaissance Fund, Essex Environment Trust, GB Holiday Parks, EEDA and National Coastwatch Institute.