Friday 21st May 2021 to
Saturday 12th June 2021


Ness is an immersive, 360 audio work, GPS located in the landscape at the ex-MOD site at Gunners Park, Shoeburyness. 

Writer Robert Macfarlane, theatre-maker Zoë Svendsen and sound designer Carolyn Downing have collaborated to stage a re-imagining of Robert’s book, Ness (Hamish Hamilton, 2019) written in collaboration with the artist Stanley Donwood.  

The sonic, theatre work is experienced through headphones and invites audiences to listen to the landscape reveal its past, as we witness the physical remnants of that history being reclaimed by nature.

The work is designed as a solitary experience, with all the equipment to experience the work fully provided.

Photo: Ness, Mark Massey for Estuary 2021


IT - Amanda Lawrence
SHE - Naana Agyei-Ampadu
HE -Zubin Varla
THEY - Joy Richardson
AS - All
ENGINEER - Esh Alladi
PHYSICIST - Milo Harries
BOTANIST - Ellie Kendrick

App development: Soda

Estuary 2021 and the artists have worked in close partnership with Essex Wildlife Trust and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.


Friday 21st May 2021 to
Saturday 12th June 2021


Estuary 2021 Info Hub, near Cart & Wagon Shed, Gunners Park
Southend on Sea


Nearest railway station Shoeburyness (C2C).


Please be aware that the work involves standing and/or walking across a site (that is around 450m in length), which is a combination of tarmac paths and grassy slopes, standing or walking for around 50 minutes.

Previous An English Garden
Sat 22 May - 12:45-13.15 - Walking in the Wake

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