About

Who’s behind the project?

The project, in partnership with Tendring District Council and the Harwich Tourism Group, is being created and delivered on behalf of Mayflower 400™️ by KAT Marketing, a full, dynamic, creative agency with a longstanding background in events.

Delivering digital and traditional marketing campaigns in Essex, London and across the East of England, KAT Marketing was the driving force behind the highly acclaimed Stand Tall for Giraffes campaign in 2013, which marked Colchester Zoo’s 50th birthday, and its ongoing legacy for the town. An amazing £115,400 was raised for charity from the auction of the giraffe sculptures.

The KAT Marketing team is pleased to deliver and support the creation and implementation of Octopus Ahoy! for Mayflower 400™️ and Harwich, Tendring and the wider Essex area.

What is a sculpture project?

The concept of sculpture trails is known worldwide, having been staged throughout the UK, Europe and Africa – from Liverpool’s Superlambanana, Wenlock and Mandeville made famous throughout the 2012 Olympics and the huge international project that started it all, Cow Parade. These types of project provide a sense of community, give businesses – and the public – the chance to be imaginative and embrace art on a large scale and above all, they’re fun!

Other local projects in recent years include Stand Tall for Giraffes for Colchester Zoo’s 50th birthday, and Pigs Gone Wild and Elmer’s Parade in Ipswich for St Elizabeth Hospice.

Octopus Ahoy! will join the list of vibrant community art projects that paved the way… a free activity for one and all to enjoy in the summer months – and all for a very worthy cause!

Harwich and the Mayflower

Iconic ship the Mayflower was believed to have been built around 1600 in Harwich and was captained and part-owned by Harwich-born Christopher Jones, whose house still stands on King’s Head Street, near the waterfront.

The Mayflower 400™️ project has been created to leverage this opportunity, aligning 11 core destinations in England with wider local, national and international partners and over 20 million US citizens descended from the original Mayflower passengers.

It will deliver a world-class series of events, public art and wider content that will commemorate this exceptional voyage and provide a major ongoing impact across the partnership, knitting together communities, inspiring creativity and culture, driving economic growth, and promoting understanding and education.

Mayflower 400™️ will champion the values of freedom, faith and personal liberty that informed the original journey, and which continue to be articulated in the special relationship between the UK, US and Netherlands. At the same time, the commemoration will recognise the impact of the Mayflower’s journey on Native American communities, addressing themes of colonialism and migration to provide an accurate, inclusive account of the Mayflower’s legacy.

Together, we will draw inspiration from our past to steer our future – from now, through 2020, and for generations to come.

Timetable

Octopus Ahoy! Summer Trail

Saturday 4th July-Saturday 12th September 2020

Timeline

Opening business event
Angel Lounge at The Pier in Harwich
from 6-8pm
Wednesday 30th October 2019


Deadline for artist submissions
Friday 13th December 2019


Sponsor Meets Artist event
Thursday 13th February 2020


Public painting of sculptures at various locations
February-May 2020


Octopus Ahoy! hits the streets
Saturday 4th July-Saturday 12th September 2020


Farewell tour
Harwich 
Saturday 12th September 2020


Charity auction
Le Talbooth in Dedham
September 2020

What Next?

If you would like to join the Octopus Ahoy! programme, or have any questions about any part of the event, we are more than happy to help!

For enquiries please contact the team at KAT Marketing on 01206 765544.