Kelvin Pawsey

St Thomas a Becket, Fairfieldimage2



Kelvin Pawsey is a maker of objects, painter/printmaker and musician from Rye, East Sussex. He studied at Hastings College of Art and Middlesex University via Camberwell College of Art. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and lives and works in Folkestone, Kent.

Artist Statement

“Where The Sea Has Once Been It Can Come Again.”

Whilst cycling the flat, often-windswept miles of the marsh, the occasional stretch of blackthorn hedging provides a welcome respite. These long established bushes offer sanctuary for the local wildlife sheltering within their forbidding thorns and their bitter fruit has flavoured many a bottle of gin.

400 years ago blackthorn bushes were planted, grown and harvested to provide a building material for the defence of the marsh – The seawall.

Growing up in Rye, the marshes and levels were on my doorstep and I have an ingrained love for their traditions, stories and strange mythologies.

The site-specific work built on the reclaimed fields of Fairfield, echoes the C17th sea defences and the box pews of the church. It is a fold with a sinister tale.


Blackthorn and Hazel wattle hurdle. Turf.

Nursery Rhyme.