Arts in Transit

Saturday 29th May 2021 to
Sunday 13th June 2021

Arts in Transit

For Estuary 2021, artist Lata Uphadyaya will be travelling around the estuary from her home in Thurrock in the white Ford Transit van that she has transformed into a travelling art and conversation space.

Lata’s work Arts in Transit (2019) transforms an ordinary white Ford Transit van, a common sight on the roads of the UK. By bringing together cultural signifiers from the two places Lata has called home - the stereotype of the British ‘White Van Man’ and South Asian truck art, where vehicles are decorated with elaborate patterns and calligraphy - the van is designed to reflect the rich diversity of contemporary Britain and the valuable contribution that immigration has made to British society.

We Are All Here (2021), a new work for Estuary 2021, transforms the inside of the van into an installation of books representing the history and culture of communities around the Thames Estuary. The books’ covers, developed through workshops with local communities, are inspired by the stories of migrants that have arrived to the UK, via Tilbury Docks, from across the British Empire.

As part of We Are All Here, Lata will be launching a participation project, joining up with the global project to share a specially curated selection of books associated with the Thames Estuary and contemporary British society.

BookCrossing is the act of giving a book a unique identity so, as books are passed from reader to reader, their journeys can be tracked and opinions, recommendations and thoughts shared, creating connections across audiences. It’s a celebration of literature and a place where books get a new life, just like the migrants that have settled in Britain.

You can visit Arts in Transit and We Are All Here at the following locations and times at Estuary 2021:

Saturday 29 May, 11am – 5pm: Chatham Library, Chatham ME4 4TX
Sunday 30 May, 11am – 5pm: Chatham Library, Chatham ME4 4TX
Monday 31 May, 11am – 5pm: Guru Nanak Darbar (Gurdwara), Gravesend DA12 1AG

Saturday 5 June, 11am – 5pm: Gunners Park, Shoeburyness SS3 9FW
Sunday 6 June, 11am – 5pm: Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea SS0 8NB

Saturday 12 June, 11am – 5pm: Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea SS16 4UH 
Sunday 13 June, 11am – 5pm: Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea SS16 4UH  

Arts in Transit and We Are All Here have both been supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Essex Cultural Diversity Project, Thurrock Borough Council, Cement Fields and with support from Metal.


Saturday 29th May 2021 to
Sunday 13th June 2021


First stop: Chatham Library, Chatham


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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

essex_diversity   raddison   uber SouthEssex1 UniversityCentre1