Friday 28th May 2021 to
Saturday 12th June 2021


Merge is an interactive collection of works that represent narratives of The Estuary.  Born out of REHLM's collective experiences, Merge connects with the themes of climate, protest, and imperial legacy and how they continue to shape and stem the flow of The Estuary.   

Local and international artists were commissioned for the project to respond to four locations and stories marked in both place and time along The Estuary. Merge has produced four bespoke rubbing stones in response to: 
 - Gravesend, the burial ground of Pocahontas', the kidnapped Native American woman brought to England in the 1600s. 
- Tilbury Docks, the entry for 1000s of Caribbean immigrants last century. 
- Southend-on-Sea's emerging new coastline across as a result of climate change and erosion.   
- Wat Tyler Park, the memorial of the peasant's revolt in reaction to poll tax increases of the 1300s, which saw them demand economic and social reforms.   

Visitors will be able to pick up a limited edition printed zine from our on site hub (or download it online) and interact with the rubbing stones, tracing their surfaces, merging them to form an interconnected image and story.   

Venues and dates:
Gunners Park 29-30 May
Chalkwell Park 5-6 June 
Wat Tyler Country Park 12-13 June 

A map, the stories, and images of each artwork are also accessible online for audiences to explore and interact with if they cannot attend in person


Friday 28th May 2021 to
Saturday 12th June 2021


Gunners Park


Previous REBEL at Gunners Park
Arts in Transit

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

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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