Friday 21st May 2021 to
Saturday 12th June 2021
14 Days on the North Atlantic is a text work by Simon Faithfull., 2021.
In 2008, Simon Faithfull made a 14-day journey on a container-ship, travelling from Liverpool, UK across the Atlantic Ocean, and eventually reaching another Liverpool on the shores of Nova Scotia, in Canada. During the journey Faithfull kept a journal of his time onboard the 'Joni Ritscher' and extracts from this journal have now been made into small panels mounted onto the railings at the end of Southend Pier. A journey across a wild ocean, tracing one of the early trade-routes of empire, has been transcribed onto a tiny section of a walk. A walk at the lip of the mouth of the River Thames – the waterway that Joseph Conrad describes as carrying: "The dreams of men, the seed of commonwealths, the germs of empires".
This work is exhibited at the very end of the iconic Southend Pier, one of the best known and best loved landmarks of the Thames Estuary. It is one mile and a third long.
Opening times for the Pier: 10:15 - 18:00.
There is a small fee of £2 to walk to the end or a train runs at regular intervals throughout the day - ticket prices are £5.60 (adult) / £2.80 (concessions).
There is a parallel work, 26 Days on the Southern Ocean, installed on Margate’s Harbour Arm.
Simon Faithfull's practice, combines video, digital-drawing, writing and performance and has been described as an attempt to understand, to test and to explore the planet as a sculptural object.
Created by the renowned artist and cartographer, Adam Dant, thisThames Estuary Trail map beautifully illustrates the great stories, histories, pubs and landmarks to be found on the epic 107 mile walk around the Thames Estuary coastline from Shoeburyness to Margate.
A second, special limited edition of the first and to date the only book that decribes the Thames Estuary as one epic 107 mile trail. With new chapters, an extended walk and artworks to discover along the way.
By US artist Mary Mattingly in partnership with Focal Point Gallery, an ambitious two-part installation, comprising of a learning centre located on Southend Pier, and a floating sculpture moored in nearby waters.
Simon Faithfull's '26 Days on the Southern Ocean' is a series of text panels mounted onto the railings of Margate Harbour Arm.