Arripare, 2013

The first Castlegate ART commission in 2013 was Gayle Chong Kwan’s large-scale photographic work of a mythical island – an alternative version of Stockton and surrounding areas.

Combining complex multiple techniques of documentary photography, collage and sculptural construction, the island is rooted in the context and history of its location and the river which runs alongside it.

Chong Kwan’s island takes its title from the origin of a word rooted in the sea – ‘arrive’ – from its vernacular Latin root ‘arripare’ meaning ‘to touch the shore’, and references Captain Cook’s epic voyages on the Endeavour, the area’s industrial and historical relationship with the sea, and its international connections.