Flotsam and Jetsam

Friday 21st May 2021 to
Saturday 12th June 2021

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. She will pause at Chalkwell Park, Coalhouse Fort Park and Wat Tyler Country Park to consider themes of loss, waste, change and growth as she weaves her findings into vessels of memory and hope, before creating a temporary installation of the works made at Coalhouse Fort Park.

Project plan
Pauses: Chalkwell Park – Wednesday 26 May, 2 – 5 pm

Coalhouse Fort Park – Wednesday 2 June, 2 – 5 pm

Wat Tyler Country Park – Wednesday 9 June, 2- 5 pm

Installation: Coalhouse Fort Park – Saturday 12 June, 2 – 5 pm

About the artist
Selena is an artist, basket maker and researcher who draws on the skills and knowledge of basket making to explore and examine contemporary issues and intergenerational themes relating to environment, labour and craft. She has lived by the Essex Estuary her whole life and enjoys the industrial and natural entwining that runs along the river’s edges. Selena’s work is place based, using the foraged and the found, listening to local stories and using hand work to explore past and present connections and concerns.


Friday 21st May 2021 to
Saturday 12th June 2021


Various Locations in Southend, Pitsea and East Tilbury

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