Kolley Kibber RIP

Kolley Kibber RIP was a work commissioned by SPACE Public Arts Projects for inclusion in the Roman Roadparty held on Roman Rd, Bow, London on 31 July 2005.

Kolley Kibber RIP took as its inspiration the characters sent by national newspapers to seaside towns during the summer months. When recognised by a member of the public, the character would then award prize money. To aid recognition, advance publicity in the newspaper included a photograph of exactly how the character would be dressed. Probably the most famous of these is Kolley Kibber, who is murdered in Brighton Rock, the novel by Graham Greene.

During the Roman Roadparty those who recognised me (from posters along the Roman Road) and repeated the phrase (also printed on the poster)


received an artwork - a stick of Brighton rock (produced as a limited edition of 50) complete with commemorative label.

Kolley Kibber RIP at Whitstable

Kolley Kibber RIP was invited to visit the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent as part of a Space Station Sixty-Five - Satelitte Event to participate in the Whitstable Biennale on 3 and 17 June 2007.

An anonymous artist? Surely that grey polyester suit worn on a hot summer's day, singles him out amongst the milling throng of holidaymakers? And yes, posters in the locality declare him to be an artist, acknowledge him as he pursues his lonesome seaside trail, and he proffers his edible artwork, a gift from the artist, children mock and clamour. - Tracie Peisley - Whitstable based artist

Kolley Kibber RIP: Artworks

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