On 10th June 2011 the City to Sea symposium was hosted by the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, University of London. The Symposium explored how social perceptions and geographical links between cities, coastal towns and surrounding regions worldwide can be transformed. Artists, photographers and social scientists presented visual projects and sociological research exploring how regeneration and planning processes, tourism, migration, collective memory, visual archives and art interventions can facilitate the transformation. The event was a series of presentations of visual work and film screenings from artists, photographers, sociologists and theorists, followed by audience questions and discussion. Caroline Knowles, Director of the Centre for Urban and Community Research closed the event and discussed ways in which the 'seaside' now experiences high levels of urban-styled poverty and neglect while the inner cities are being regenerated and gentrified.