Associated Programme

The Clifftown Podcast

A fascinating and personable podcast exploring the culture, hidden history and stories of M G Boutler's hometown.

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Creative Letter Exchange

Creative Letter Exchange is for anybody who lives on the Isle of Sheppey who's ever wanted to be a correspondent

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Cloud9 Festival

Cloud9 is a new creative wellbeing festival for Ebbsfleet, Swanscombe and Northfleet. Cloud9 brings together the finest street arts, creative classes and fitness sessions with a twist!

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Medway Estuary Haiflu

Help us to write a poem to celebrate the beauty and history of the Medway Estuary

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HYDRACITY 2021

Hydracity brings artists and public together to investigate London’s watery network, the interlocking ideas & currents that flow in/out the Thames. Hydracity 2021 is an ambitious, timely, transformational programme of work, linked to a novel programme of co-creation, open workshops & public engagement.

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Red Sails Over The Estuary

An exhibition on the history of the Thames sailing barge and its association with Southend.

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REVEAL

An exhibition and sale of works by artists, Sheila Appleton & Ian E Smith and potters, Richard Baxter & Julie O'Sullivan with jewellery by Joe Spurgeon.

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UP TO YOUR NECK IN MUD

A photographic exhibition by Holly Birtles including images taken from an opera performance based on the Mesolithic findings of the submerged landscape - Doggerland.

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The Cinder Path Project

The Cinder Path Project will investigate the successful campaign 50 years ago to stop a major road “The Road To The West” being built along the Cinder Path from Chalkwell to Old Leigh

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A Hoo Catalog

double-face will spend time on Hoo Peninsular, looking, listening, interacting and responding. Their thoughts and actions will be logged via an online space, which will evolve and build throughout the duration of the project.

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The Strand 125

An anniversary celebration of The Strand's 125th year through the sharing of memories and images through a virtual exhibition.

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Stone Place Stories

Stone Place Stories uses Google My Maps to bring together, in a digital format, images, stories and art that convey the unique social, economic and environmental history of this small parish.

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Wandering the Wilderness

An Art Exhibition and Grand Tour of the Estuary, with ARTWORKS in both Virtual and Physical Wilderness Waypoints

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Swansula, Relics of Estuarine Magic

Swansula, Relics of Estuarine Magic is an ongoing world building and curatorial project – a fictional archive which frames sculptural, moving image, animated, painted, drawn, poetic, audio and digital artworks as artefacts from the future, excavated from the speculative world of Swansula.

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Riverside Soundings - Sound Walk

A unique Riverside Sound Walk to listen to on headphones whilst following a route around Rochester Riverside and The Esplanade.

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Flotsam and Jetsam

For the duration of Estuary 2021 artist-basketmaker Selena Chandler will be in residence along the Thames’ northern edges, making daily walks to gather the debris of consumerist society and the offerings of nature’s resilience.

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Practice Makes Perfect

Focal Point Gallery is delighted to present the first institutional exhibition of new work by Rosa-Johan Uddoh, an interdisciplinary artist working towards radical self-love, inspired by black feminist practice and writing.

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IMPEKA presents Confluence #2: Estuary

Four artists investigating and challenging our perception and understanding of space, place and environment – through the means of listening and reflecting on what informs our experiences and interactions with the natural world, as well as with one another?

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The Sound of That Place

The Sound of That Place is a film and audio soundscape of Crossness Nature Reserve, Bexley and the nearby Ridgeway that collages 8 people’s unique perspectives taken through films, photos, narration and interviews as they were invited to walk independently in the area and to respond to their environment.

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PRECARIOUS STRAITS

A group exhibition at TOMA Project Space, a series of workshops and events at The Old Waterworks and a new postal care package commission, posters and writing commissions to accompany the project.

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Rubbish Photos – Southend Beach Rubbish Project

Twelve poster-sized images of ‘beach plastic’ by Imogen Welch on Southend pier and short Cyanotype workshops for families – using rubbish collected on Jubilee Beach.

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Ripping Landscapes

Artist Fiona Spirals has four collage works installed at St James' church, Cooling, on the Hoo Peninsula.

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PRECARIOUS STRAITS – Exhibition

‘Precarious straits ~ survival on Southend’s new coast, Southend-under-Sea’ exhibition will be at the TOMA (The Other MA) Project Space, looking at the speculative economic, political and ecological futures people may have to navigate.

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Thurrock Island 2021: Bryony and the Big Beach Clean Up

Thurrock Island is a community art project for all ages, exploring the effects of plastic pollution

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Canterbury Christ Church University’s Degree Showcase

Canterbury Christ Church University's School of Creative Arts and Industries Student Showcase

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In the Process of Knitting A Netting

A spoken word piece for four voices, activated live by local participants near/on the beach at around sunset over eight evenings in Margate and Whitstable.

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Hidden Heroines: the untold stories of the women of the Dockyard

Hidden Heroines: the untold stories of the women of the Dockyard is a new temporary exhibition at The Historic Dockyard for Spring 2021

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Río y Mar (River and Sea)

An exhibition reflecting on the construction of female identity in relation to geography, partly inspired by research into the imagery of the Thames Estuary

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Estuary Imaginarium: Tidal treasures from the Thames

Estuary Imaginarium is an alternative guide and activity book to enjoy along the Estuary. Suitable for all ages, it invites you to collect objects and materials, find accidental assemblages, document the overlooked and discarded, think about what is washed up or washed away, uncover stories and histories from the Thames.

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An Estuary Reading Group

Join us for a relaxed Sunday evening reading group that will explore Nicola Barker's Thames Gateway Trilogy

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Galleons Coffins & Drunken Sailors

A costumed history walk round Queenborough (Isle of Sheppey) with site specific stories and sea shanties.

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Thames Run: Source to Sea

Thames Run: Source to Sea is a live artwork and durational run/performance to be undertaken by the artist following the length of the River Thames from source to sea

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Tales of Lands and Seas

A series of events inspired by the Thames Estuary, narrating stories about crossing borders, connecting and bridging cultures from land and seas.

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T100 Dreaming

With a series of specially curated walks, T100 Dreaming invites communities to come together to share their dreams, creatively re-imagining a better future as we emerge into a post–Covid world. T100 Dreaming will celebrate the sense of community spirit that the pandemic heightened as we dream of a more cohesive, creative and sustainable future

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Art, Society, Nature Photographic Residency

A group exhibition showcasing the work of eight, emerging Kent based photographers who have been creating a new body of work

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Exchanged Tides

A project that explores the relationship between the hyper-local and the global by focusing on the waterways that connect us

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The Rising Tide: A Story Trail

The Rising Tide is a walking adventure for live audiences diving into the stories of local people whose lives have been shaped by Estuary.

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Rainham Marshes/Rainham Barges

This unique Hydrodetour artist-led walk and performance starts from Rainham Station, leading us out along the London Loop pathway to the Concrete Barges at Coldharbour Point.

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Two Tree Island

Two Tree Island is a photographic project, investigating the history of the island from a landfill site to the Nature Reserve it is today.

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Fogged Mirror

Fogged Mirror is a film accompanied by spoken performance, weaving a narrative from myth and history. It draws on the ‘miracle of the black leg’.

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Outfall

Outfall is a research project commissioned by TACO! exploring flows of waste, production and biological matter within London and the Thames Estuary.

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Subterranean Cosmic Dreaming Part 2: Creating a Museum of Futurology

A temporary workshop towards curating a wild ‘Museum of Futurology’ about and within the vicinity of Gunners Park and Shoeburyness East Beach.

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A Refracted View

An exhibition in two Kent locations, Margate and Ramsgate. Bringing you creative responses engaging with environmental and social sustainability.

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Beach of Dreams

A collaborative 500-mile walk from Lowestoft to Tilbury

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Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories

Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories is an outdoor art and sound installation conceived by Artist EVEWRIGHT. It is the first site-specific art and sound installation to be held at the Port of Tilbury in Essex and the UK dedicated to people of the Windrush Generation.

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Estuary 2021 is made possible by

Principal Partners

Creative_Estuary_New_1   ace

Major Partners

ecc uok thurrock thames_gateway selep medway  thames estuary   ebbsfleet    Ebbsfleet mayor locatekent kentcc gravesham uoe bas_coun   south_coun Here for Culture

Commissioning Partners

book_fest community_fund heritage_fund creative_coast bexleysalford fpg lesnes Essex2020Logo The Old Waterworks Logo UCA1

Festival Partners

arts_human uni_south uni_oxford uni_glas send_pier pla opp_se henley Flowers Gallery logoc2c roh southeastern Thamesmead2 Peabody2 BowArts3 raddison uber arriva Canterbury Dartford Faversham Swale1 Thanet Visit Chat

Festival Supporters

essex_diversity SouthEssex1 UniversityCentre1 Churches International Exeter Wales Ramm Artist Grand