2021 News

All the latest on activities and events

Estuary Anthology - workshop

Join our ‘Finding the Flow of Things’ workshop on 14 March at Hadleigh Old Fire Station. Let your imagination flow as we explore themes related to 'Vessels' – the driving concept for Estuary 2025 through activities, prompts and discussion.

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Estuary Anthology - Castle Point event

Event for Castle Point creatives on 25 Jan 2024! Find out about forthcoming activities, connect with fellow creatives and be a part of the growing, vibrant arts scene in Castle Point.

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Calling all artists & creatives of Castle Point!

Estuary Festival and Metal are keen to make contact with artists, creatives and makers living and/or working in the borough of Castle Point.

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‘This is Us’ creative conversations about Castle Point

Announcing ‘This is Us’, an 18-month creative engagement programme with opportunities for local residents to share and explore experiences of living in the borough and aspirations for its future.

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Estuary Festival secures Arts Council England investment

Estuary Festival is delighted to announce that it has been awarded an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant to develop future plans as an independent organisation.

Image credit: Crude Britannia by Platform, live events commissioned for Estuary 2021. Photo by Richard Houguez

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Artist guided sensory walks on Canvey Island

Estuary Festival is thrilled to have been awarded a grant from the Essex County Council Arts and Culture Fund to develop a new project on Canvey Island

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Estuary 2021 generates over £16.8 million of economic activity for the region

Estuary 2021 festival took place over 23 days, at over 94 locations, across 107 miles of estuary coastline with 130 partners. Find out more about the impact of the festival in our evaluation report.

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SILT: Call Out for Open Water Swimmers

Arbonauts are creating a new work for East Beach in Shoeburyness, called SILT, that will be a key performance piece in the landscape for Estuary 2021 - the large-scale arts festival taking place across 83 miles of South Essex and North Kent coastline. SILT will be performed this autumn, on the last weekend of September - 24th and 25th in the tidal pool at East Beach in Shoeburyness, Essex.

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Estuary 2021 Supporters

Estuary 2021 would like to extend a huge thank you to all the many partners who have supported the development, the planning, the creation and the delivery of the festival over the last few years, and in particular the last, most challenging of years in recent history.

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Follow this link to be taken to our Estuary 2021 SHOP (hosted by Metal).  Pre-order and purchase festival publications.

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Estuary 2021 Map and Listings

We're pleased to say that our lovely map and listings for Estuary 2021 artworks in the Thames Estuary landscape have arrived.  Download from HERE to plan your visits.

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University student engagement

Estuary 2021 is delighted to support students and higher education staff across the region by providing creative industry experience through live briefs, talks, crit sessions and support for students to create new creative work in response to Thames Estuary Trail themes for Estuary 2021.

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Estuary 2021 is made possible by

Principal Partners

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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 c2c1 Chat

Festival Supporters

essex_diversity SouthEssex1 UniversityCentre1 Churches International Exeter Wales Ramm Artist Grand