2021 Artists

Meet the artists, speakers and curators for Estuary 2021

Ackroyd & Harvey

Ackroyd & Harvey's multi-disciplinary work intersects art, activism, architecture, biology, ecology and history, and references memory and time, nature and culture.

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Adam Chodzko

Adam Chodzko explores the interactions and possibilities of human behaviour by investigating the space of consciousness between how we are and what we might be.

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Alison Moore

Alison Moore's short fiction has been included in Best British Short Stories, Best British Horror and more.

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Amina Atiq

Amina Atiq is a Yemeni- Scouse writer, a performance artist, facilitator and activist.

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Andrea Luka Zimmerman

Andrea Luka Zimmerman is a Jarman Award winning filmmaker and artist whose engaged practice calls for a profound re-imagining of the relationship between people, place and ecology.

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Andrew Westle

Andrew’s work defies neat boundaries to include research, socially engaged arts practice, performance, evaluation, writing, theatre making and public health.

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Andy Freeman

Andy Freeman has produced digital and visual artworks and interventions since the late 1990s.

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Angela Chan

Angela Chan is a curator, artist and researcher focused on climate change.

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Anja Kirschner

Anja Kirschner is an artist living and working in Berlin and London.

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Anne Hardy

Anne Hardy is internationally recognised for her works which combine physical materials with light and sound to create immersive and sensual environments.

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Arbonauts

Arbonauts create bold site-specific performance, challenging the meeting point between theatre, dance and installation. 

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Belinda Zhawi

Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwean literary & sound artist.

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Benedict Drew

Benedict Drew works across video, sculpture, music and their associated technologies.

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Bernadette Russell

Bernadette is a working class author, storyteller, artist and activist.

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Bob & Roberta Smith

Bob Smith is an artist interested in words and how they look.

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Caroline Bird

Caroline Bird is a poet with six collections of poetry published by Carcanet

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Carolyn Downing

Carolyn Downing is an award-winning sound designer working in a variety of fields.

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Chloe Aridjis

Chloe Aridjis is a Mexican writer based in London.  She is a member of XR Writers Rebel, a group of writers who focus on addressing the climate emergency.

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Chloe Cooper

Chloe Cooper is a socially engaged writer and artist based at Bow Arts in Thamesmead.

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Cohesion Plus

Bringing communities together through the arts, public education and sport.

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Dominic Snow

Dominic Snow, AKA Elephantman, is a sculptor and painter living and working in London, part of Bow Arts Open.

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Dot Dash

Dot Dash is a collaboration between writer James Wilkes and artist Lawrence Bradby.

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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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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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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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Hannah Oliver

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

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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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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 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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Jay Griffiths

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

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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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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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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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Laura Daly

Laura Daly is a multi-award-winning artist who creates site-specific and site-related artworks that range significantly in scale.

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Lisa Mattocks

Lisa has been documenting, recording, facilitating and making visual art, digital art and performance for just over a decade.

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Lora Aziz

Lora Aziz is an interdisciplinary artist - visual anthropologist, herbalist and experimental calligrapher. 

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Lu Williams

Lu Williams creates cross-disciplinary artworks, social practice, events and printer matter.

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Luke Branch

Luke Branch is frontman and songwriter of the band Asylums and founder of Cool Thing Records.

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Marcus Coates

Marcus Coates work is an enquiry into the degrees to which we can understand, know and relate to others, including the non-human.

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Marcus Orlandi

Marcus Orlandi's practice is heavily influenced by a mix of high and low brow cultures that range from the Theatre of the Absurd to professional wrestling.

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Maria Amidu

Maria Amidu is a UK-based visual artist and writer, developing national and international site-specific and public realm projects. 

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Marley

Often found immersed in the natural world, behind the lens of the camera.

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Martha Pailing

Martha Pailing is a spoken word and performance artist hailing from Blackpool.

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Mary Mattingly

Mary Mattingly founded Swale, an edible landscape on a barge in New York City to circumvent public land laws that make it illegal to pick food on public land.

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Melanie Smith

Melanie Smith is a visual artist based in Brighton.

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Morgan O’Hara

Morgan O’Hara has been a conceptual artist for over 60 years. She has committed her life to making art which observes and renders visible aspects of the human experience of living in both 20th and 21st centuries.

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Morgan Quaintance

Morgan Quaintance is a London-based artist and writer.

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Natasha Bird

Natasha Bird is an artist based in London who makes sculptural objects that speak about industrial and bodily functions.

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Nathalie Coste

Nathalie Coste is a Visual Artist and a Textile designer specialising in reusing textiles and recycled materials in her artwork.

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New Art Films

Andy Delaney is a filmmaker from Leigh-on-Sea who set up Newartfilms.com to focus on artists, art institutions and schools.

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Patrick Wright

Patrick Wright is a writer, broadcaster and academic.

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Rachel Lichtenstein

Rachel Lichtenstein is a British artist, writer and curator who is internationally known for her books, multi-media projects and artworks that examine place, memory and identity.

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Raju Rage

Raju Rage is proactive about using art, education and activism to forge creative survival.

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Rees Broomfield

Rees Broomfield is a freelance recording engineer, producer, musician and owner of SS2 Recording in Southend on Sea.

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Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlane is the author of bestselling and prize-winning books about nature, people and place.

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Ruth Ewan

Ruth Ewan is an artist with long-term interests in social justice, alternative systems and radical histories.

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Sadie Hennessy

Sadie Hennessy is a multi-disciplinary artist creating immersive environments and events.

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Samantha Penn

Independent practice based researcher who since 2016 has researched washing machines as influential but unnoticed agents of cultural and technical change.

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Sarah Wood & Ali Smith

Sarah Wood is an artist and film maker.  Ali Smith is a novelist.

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Season Butler

Season Butler is a writer, artist, dramaturg, and lecturer in Performance Studies and Creative Writing.

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Selina Nwulu

A writer, essayist and social researcher with a focus on social and environmental justice.

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Shaun C. Badham

Shaun instigates long-term collaborative projects, from local community actions to large-scale sculptural installations, often responding to the socio-political, historical and human attributes of a given site.

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Shona Illingworth

Shona Illingworth is an artist working across sound, film, photography and drawing.

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Sonia Hughes

Sonia Hughes is an artist, writer, performer currently working with Jo Fong on their conversation project Neither Here Nor There. 

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Sophie Austin

Sophie is a theatre and film director staging productions in unusal spaces and places.

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Stanley Schtinter

Stanley Schtinter has been described as an 'artist' by the Daily Mail and as an 'exorcist' by the Daily Star. 

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Thamesmead Texas

Thamesmead Texas is a nomadic artist led project space, based in Thamesmead founded by artists & filmmakers Vanessa Scully & Liam Scully.

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The People of 1381

The People of 1381 is a cross-disciplinary multi-institution research project.

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Time is Away

Time is Away (London-based duo Jack Rollo and Elaine Tierney) work across radio, research and site-specific sound-works.

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Tom King

When not walking, reading or writing, writer, Tom King tends to his hilltop garden, overlooking the Thames Estuary

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Warren Harper

Warren Harper is a curator and researcher based in Essex, where he is Director at The Old Waterworks (TOW), an artist-led charity and artists’ studios in Southend-on-Sea.

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Webb-Ellis

Caitlin and Andrew Webb-Ellis are British/Canadian artist filmmakers.

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YoHa - Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji

YoHa is an artist group led by Matsuko Yokokoji and Graham Harwood.

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Zoë Svendsen

Zoë Svendsen directs the performing arts company METIS making participatory theatre performances and installation works.

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Principal Partners

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