2021 Artists

Meet the artists, speakers and curators for Estuary 2021

Eelyn Lee

Eelyn Lee is an award-winning artist and filmmaker with a socially engaged practice.

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Elsa James

Elsa James' work intervenes in the overlapping discourses of race, gender, diaspora and belonging. 

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Emily Whitebread

Working across diverse media ranging from performance and video work to written publications, Emily investigates breaks down and reimagines utopian futures.

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Eric MacLennan

Eric MacLennan has been making avant-garde performance work for over thirty years.

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Esi Eshun

Esi Eshun is a London based multidisciplinary artist and independent researcher.

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Femke Snelting

Artist developing projects at the intersection of design, feminisms, and free software.

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Feral Practice

Fiona MacDonald works with human and nonhuman beings as Feral Practice to create art projects and interdisciplinary events that develop ethical and imaginative connection across species boundaries.

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Fiddian Warman

For over two decades Fiddian has been fascinated by the creative application of digital technology in the physical domain.

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Fiona Compton

Fiona Compton is a London based Saint Lucian photographer, artist, filmmaker and historian.

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Gabriella Hirst

Gabriella Hirst works primarily with moving image, performance, and with the garden as a site of critique and care.

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Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans is a London-based writer, editor, film and event producer and Whitechapel Gallery’s Adjunct Moving Image Curator.

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Gideon Mendel

Gideon Mendel’s intimate style of image-making and long-term commitment to socially engaged projects has earned international recognition.

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Hafsah Aneela Bashir

Hafsah Aneela Bashir is a Manchester-based poet, playwright, performer and mother originally from East London.

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Hamja Ahsan

Hamja Ahsan is an artist, writer, activist and curator.  He is the author of the book Shy Radicals: Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert, now adapted into a film. 

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Hannah Marshall

Hannah Marshall is a musician, sound designer & performer.

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Hannah Oliver

Born and bred in South London, Hannah is a filmmaker and writer currently based in Sydney, Australia.

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Hannah Whittaker

Hannah Whittaker is a performance maker and installation artist, creating interactive installations, one on one encounters and digital performances.

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Harun Morrison

Artist and writer currently living on a narrow boat on Regent’s Canal.

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Helen Pritchard

Helen Pritchard is an artist, and geographer.

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Iain Sinclair

"Walking, weathering, watching, experiencing. Recording, reflecting. And, when possible, reporting. Reworking. Revising. Walking again."

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Inua Ellams

Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright & performer, graphic artist & designer.

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Isaac Cordal

A Spanish artist who places miniature sculptures in public places around the world as part of an ongoing series called Cement Eclipses.

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J D Swann

appearing courtesy of artist Calum F Kerr who expresses ideas through performance, sculpture, film and sound.

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Jack McNamara

Jack is a writer, director and deviser working principally in live performance, but also across a range of audio, visual, online and analogue media.

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James Jordan Johnson

James Jordan Johnson is an artist working in performance and sculpture. He grounds his work and research in performative and material histories, myth-making, and cultural collective memory.

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James Marriott

James Marriot is an artist, activist and naturalist.

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Jara Rocha

Jara is a culture mediator working through techocultures.

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Jas Dhillon

Jas Dhillon is a multimedia practitioner inspired by the people, script, language, symbolic objects...

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Jasleen Kaur

Jasleen Kaur’s art is an ongoing exploration into the malleability of culture and the layering of social histories within the material and immaterial things that surround us. 

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Jay Griffiths

Jay Griffiths is an award-winning author of more than six critically acclaimed books.

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Jeannette Ehlers

Jeannette Ehlers is a Copenhagen-based artist of Danish and Trinidadian descent whose practice takes shape experimentally across photography, video, installation, sculpture and performance.

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Jem Cohen

Jem Cohen is a filmmaker and photographer from New York City.

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Jo Fong

Jo describers herself as  "an award-winning, middle-aged, provincial, international artist".

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John Walter

John Walter is a London-based artist working across a diverse range of media including painting, performance, moving image, installation and curating.

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Jon Blackwood

Jon Blackwood is a reader in contemporary art at Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

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Jonathan Wright

Jonathan Wright makes sculpture, installations and drawings, he observes and subverts functional structures that support and service our everyday lives.

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Katrina Palmer

Katrina Palmer works with stories that are distributed across found sites, audio environments, printed matter and performance.

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Kayo Chingonyi

Kayo Chingonyi was born in Zambia in 1987, moving to the UK at the age of six. He is the author of two pamphlets, and a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry.

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Lalita Bailey

Lalita Bailey is a multimedia artist that believes creativity is the most liberating tool we have.

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Lata Upadhyaya

Lata Upadhyaya is a British Indian visual artist and social commentator, who migrated to the UK in the late nineties.

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Estuary 2021 is made possible by

Principal Partners

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Major Partners

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Commissioning Partners

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Festival Partners

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Festival Supporters

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